Nyarutovu 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.


42 people received additional training to help them run savings groups, which offer savings accounts and small business loans for people who otherwise wouldn't have access to financial services. Five farmers cooperatives participated in agricultural training and visited successful farmers to learn how to grow vegetables in greenhouses. We supplied a livestock pass-on program with 100 cows, benefiting 300 families. Through the program, families agree to pass on some of their cows' offspring to other families in need. We partnered with local government agencies to complete construction of a new health center, improving access to quality healthcare services. With our support, six AIDS action clubs reached 100 high school students with information about HIV prevention. Local leaders participated in refresher training to encourage and inspire advocacy on behalf of orphans and vulnerable children and people affected by HIV or AIDS. We contributed to the ongoing construction of two water systems. When complete, the new systems will supply clean water to 20,000 people, a health center, and a primary school. 40 hygiene clubs were established, consisting of more than 1,800 people to promote healthy hygiene and sanitation practices in their communities. More than 3,800 children are studying in healthier environments after we built latrines at five schools. To improve learning environments and help attract and retain qualified teachers, we helped build four classrooms and three teachers' houses. 71 orphans and other vulnerable children received tuition assistance, making it possible for them to attend high school. In addition, we helped four children with special needs attend special education programs.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Protection|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|


  • Rwanda>Northern


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

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