Rwanda is a country in the midst of transformation.  If you’re interested in being a part of promoting healing, reconciliation and progress in Rwanda, on an economic, relational, or spiritual level, please check out these organizations:

Prison Fellowship’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation

Prison Fellowship International’s Centre for Justice and Reconciliation promotes restorative justice initiatives that work to heal broken relationships, repair the damage done by crime and restore the offender to a meaningful role in society. The research and training provided by this center have helped to equip countries like Rwanda to engage in restorative justice efforts such as the Umuvumu Tree Project.  Rosaria and Saveri, two subjects of As We Forgive, engaged in a reconciliation workshop based on the Centre’s model of restorative justice. Get involved at: pficjr.org  and restorativejustice.org 

Rwanda Partners

Rwanda Partners works directly with indigenous Rwandan organizations and projects working in the realms of reconciliation between ex-prisoners and genocide survivors, women and victims of rape, orphans and child-headed households, and impoverished rural families. To learn more, visit: rwandapartners.org

CARSA, Christian Action for Reconciliation and Social Assistance

CARSA Ministries—Christian Action for Reconciliation and Social Assistance (CARSA) is a non-profit organization formed in 2002 for the purpose of promoting reconciliation, reconstruction and restoring a peaceful society. The reconciliation workshops conducted through CARSA helped people like Chantale and John to find healing. Visit them at: carsa.org.rw/carsa english.htm

AEE, African Evangelistic Enterprise

AEE/Rwanda is a Christian interdenominational, multicultural ministry of evangelism; reconciliation; leadership development training; relief and community development that works under national leadership in Rwanda. AEE/Rwanda works closely with local church and para-church leaders in Rwanda to mobilize congregations in outreach to key cities in Rwanda.  Find them at: africanenterprise.org

Project Rwanda: The Wooden Bike Race

Project Rwanda is committed to furthering the economic development of Rwanda through initiatives based on the bicycle as a tool and symbol of hope. Our goal is use the bike to help boost the Rwandan economy as well as re-brand Rwanda as a beautiful and safe place to do business and visit freely. Join their efforts:projectrwanda.org

Sonrise School and Orphanage

Founded with the vision to be a “light on a hill” and a demonstration to everyone in Rwanda as to what is possible, Sonrise School’s mission is to set the standard for Rwandan academic excellence and servant leadership. The majority of the Sonrise School’s students, like Joy, are genocide/AIDS orphans chosen because they were the neediest children in their villages. Because the majority of the Sonrise School’s students are orphans, the Mustard Seed Project launched a student sponsorship program to fund the annual operating costs of boarding and educating each of the school’s orphaned students. To support the program contact: mustardseedproject.org

Prison Fellowship International

Prison Fellowship International (PFI) is the world’s largest and most extensive criminal justice ministry with over 100 national Prison Fellowship organizations worldwide. It is active in every region of the world with a network of more than 100,000 volunteers working for the spiritual, moral, social and physical well-being of prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families and victims of crime. The national Prison Fellowship organizations are indigenous, volunteer-based and trans-denominational. Prison Fellowship Rwanda has been actively involved in developing victim-offender reconciliation programs through the Umuvumu Tree Workshops and the house-building project which was featured in the story of Rosaria and Saveri. Join them at: pfi.org

World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision is particularly focused on child sponsorship programs and works in Rwanda to aid child-headed households. To sponsor a child or get involved, visit worldvision.org