Nyaruguru Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


20 people learned how to make soap and paint through a two-week training program, equipping them with skills to earn a living. 27 savings groups received training in resource mobilization and management to help strengthen their capacity. Savings groups offer savings accounts and small business loans to people who otherwise would not have access to basic financial services. 50 farmers were trained in improved farming methods to increase production and help them earn more income. More than 630 students learned about HIV prevention through our HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns. 80 community health workers were trained in nutrition for babies and young children, and 52 were trained in community-based management of malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea. We worked with health centers to identify and help rehabilitate more than 100 malnourished children and helped 50 parents start kitchen gardens to provide their children with more nutritious food. We contributed to the ongoing construction of a water pipeline that, when complete, will provide clean water for approximately 13,600 people. We organized quarterly parent committee meetings to discuss strategies for improving the quality of education and to encourage parents to become more involved in the schools. 49 orphans and other vulnerable youth received scholarships, making it possible for them to continue their education in high school or vocational school.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|


  • Rwanda>Southern


  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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