Volunteer in Rwanda
Rwanda is one of the poorest countries in the world. The 1994 genocide killed 20% of the population, and has left Rwanda with a disproportionately high number of young people: 67% of the population is aged under 25. And they face stark challenges: the average Rwandan has only 3.7 years of schooling, and as a consequence, 60% of the population work as farmers.
Although Rwanda is developing and inequality is reducing, this impact has mostly benefitted those living in urban areas and men. You could be helping to change that reality; by promoting employment opportunities for young people, or by empowering young people to advocate for change by supporting civil society organisations.
Read what our ICS volunteers are achieving in Rwanda!
Rwanda; Young People
Founded in response to the genocide, this youth organisation improves children and young people's access to human rights. The assocation - which translates as Youth Association for Human Rights Promotion and Development - promotes and protects young peoples' rights, carries out research, advocacy, economic empowerment and civil society strengthening. It aims to build the capacity of Rwandan civil society and its citizens to effectively engage in public policy dialogue, and to address the increasing poverty gap within the country.
Association Mwana Ukundwa (AMU)
Rwanda; Children and Women
Meaning Beloved Child Association, AMU was formed by a Rwandan woman who pleaded with God during the 1994 genocide. “If you save me with my family I will serve you." AMU now delivers a range of services to children orphaned by the genocide, including educating vulnerable children, providing support to children and young people with HIV/AIDS while educating others to reduce infections, and working with whole families to increase their social and economic empowerment. Our AMU teams work in two locations; Kigali and Butare.
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