Vision is an international Christian humanitarian aid organisation dedicated
to serving the poor and needy through development and relief programmes
around the world.
work in Rwanda began in 1976 with an aid programme for 1,200 children
and their families. Since then, World Vision Rwanda has provided emergency
relief for refugees from Burundi in 1988, food relief for starving farmers
from Butare and Gikongoro districts of Rwanda, and, most notably, emergency
aid for Rwandan refugees fleeing the 1994 genocide. This involved a programme
of relief for 400,000 people, both within Rwanda and in refugee camps
in bordering Zaire and Uganda.
- Agriculture - to increase farm production through terracing,
irrigation, and other interventions.
- Child families - to provide for immediate needs and to enable
families and communities to support themselves in the longer term.
- Reconciliation and peace building - to train staff for peace-building
(including addressing their own trauma from the genocide), build partnerships
with churches and other organisations working for peace, and to work alongside
the government in youth work, education and advocacy.
- Resettlement and rehabilitation - to help returned refugees and
other vulnerable groups as they try to rebuild their lives.
- Micro-finance - to provide low interest loans to groups of small
businesspeople and entrepreneurs.