The 1994 genocide left one million people dead in Rwanda, forcing thousands to flee their homes and leaving behind a legacy of fractured communities and vastly reduced livestock numbers.
Landlocked and hilly, Rwanda is also one of the most densely populated countries in Africa, and this places huge pressures on the environment. Most families only have tiny plots of land, with degraded soils. In addition, HIV/Aids rates are high, and malnutrition is widespread.
Due to its turbulent history, we place a special focus on social development work in Rwanda, helping neighbours from different ethnic backgrounds come together. Predominantly working with women, orphaned children and people with HIV/AIDS, our approach has proved so popular the Rwandan government has adopted it into their national policy.