Howard G Buffet pledges to help Congolese refugees repatriate currently living the country’s camps repatriate.
Buffett made the pledge on Monday December 15, 2014 at Gihembe Refugee Camp in Gicumbi District where he landed after an aerial visit to various refugee camps in the country.
Howard Buffet get out of plane as he visit Gihembe camp
“I have seen that they have some basic infrastructure like water and schools, but when people are not in their homes they do not feel comfortable,” Buffett said.
Basic provisions in schools increase attendance
Rwanda has made great strides in expanding access to education. Enrollment is up, repetition and dropout rates are down, and more children are finishing primary school.
Thanks to Rwanda's award-winning Nine Year Basic Education program, six years of primary and three years of secondary education are free and compulsory for all Rwandans. What’s more, in January 2014, UNESCO placed Rwanda in the top three countries for reducing out-of-school youth.
Over 7,000 refugees from the Democratic of Congo (DRC) have seen their living conditions improve after staying in the Nkamira transit centre for the last two years. In April, they moved to Mugombwa camp in Southern Rwanda and although they remain dependent on WFP food assistance their life has got better.
During 100 horrifying days in 1994, approximately 800,000 Tutsi people were systematically killed in what is now known as the Rwandan Genocide. The massacre left many surviving children, such as 6-year-old Liberatha Ingabrire, as the heads of their families.
Sixty-eighth session Agenda item 71 Assistance to survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, particularly orphans, widows and victims of sexual violence
The present report is submitted to the General Assembly pursuant to resolution 66/228. It provides a status report on and an analysis of the current challenges to the delivery of relief and rehabilitation assistance by the United Nations and its partners to survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, in addition to recommendations for appropriate ways to meet those survivors’ remaining needs
Point 71 de l’ordre du jour
Aide aux survivants du génocide de 1994
au Rwanda, en particulier aux orphelins,
aux veuves et aux victimes de violences sexuelles
By 2020 Rwanda aims to complete its transformation from a poor, post-conflict nation to a thriving, middle income, regional trade and investment hub. But Rwanda’s progress will stall without transformative changes that: create wealth and investment and invigorate the private sector, improve basic services, increase the accountability of the state to its people, and address potential causes of conflict and fragility, especially regional instability.
22 juillet 2013 – En visite au Rwanda, la Directrice exécutive du Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), Ertharin Cousin, a rappelé lundi que les approches permettant de mettre fin à l'insécurité alimentaire devaient s'articuler autour d'initiatives locales et d'un développement sur le long terme.
« En discutant avec les dirigeants de petites exploitations, je me suis rendue compte de l'importance des initiatives de développement locales pour améliorer la qualité de vie », a commenté Mme Cousin, au terme de sa visite de trois jours au Rwanda.
KIGALI -– The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, today concluded a three-day visit to Rwanda, the final stop on her three-nation visit to Africa, focused on sustainable local solutions for hunger and undernutrition.
In Rwanda, Cousin met face-to-face with people who have received WFP support in diverse ways, including refugees who have fled fighting in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who told her that WFP’s monthly food rations are a lifeline without which they would struggle to survive.
An approach to meet the specific needs of disabled students
The organisation helps the Ministry of Education develop the flexibility and inclusiveness of its education system to provide all children with a suitable learning environment, and enhances the inclusion of vulnerable children, particularly children with disabilities, in mainstream schools. This programme also aims to define norms and develop educational tools to facilitate the education of Rwandan children with specific needs related to their disability and to test these tools.
The Government of Rwanda joined the rest of the world to mark the World Refugee Day celebrated on June 20 each year. The ceremonies were held at national level in Kigeme camp in Nyamagabe District in the Southern Province.
High level officials including Minister Mukantabana Seraphine, Rwanda Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs and Richard Muyej Mangeze, Minister of internal security and Decentralization in DRC joined refugees’ community in the celebrations.
Mercredi 12 juin 2013, le Responsable de l’équipe de l’USAID Gimbuka Program, M. Jean Ntakirutimana, a effectué une visite au district de Gicumbi dans la province du Nord où il s’est entretenu avec le maire, M.Alexandre Mvuyekure, la vice-maire chargée des Affaires sociales, Thérèse Mujawamariya, et le responsable du Joint Action Development Forum (JADF), M. Anastase Nduwayezu. A ces entretiens a également participé M. Eric Rukundo, l’agent de la Caritas diocésaine de Byumba chargé du renforcement des capacités au niveau du district.
By Jean Pierre Bucyensenge
This story originally appeared in The New Times.
More than 5,600 adults have completed adult literacy training in Gisagara District.
The course was spearheaded by the Pentecostal Church of Rwanda, with support from Global Communities under the USAID Ejo Heza project.
Speaking at the award ceremony, the Minister for Internal Security, Sheikh Musa Fazil Harerimana, urged the trainees to put the acquired skills to good use so that they benefit the community.
MIDIMAR and UNHCR Managers want provinces experts in the implementation of the “Sustainable Return and Reintegration of Rwandan Returnees”.
It is during a meeting with governors of three provinces: the Southern Province, MUNYANTWARI Alphonse, Aime BOSENIBAMWE, Governor of the Northern Province and Celestin KABAHIZI, Governor of the Eastern Province. The governors were called to join MIDIMAR and the UNHCR Choose with concerned Governors priority districts where the project on Sustainable Return and Reintegration of Rwandan Returnees can be implemented.
Bujumbura, 15 mars 2013 – A la fin du mois de janvier, le Service Jésuite des Réfugié a fermé ses projets au Ruanda après avoir accompagné, pendant dix-sept ans, les quelque 40.000 réfugiés originaires de la République Démocratique du Congo, mettant ainsi un terme à l'un des plus anciens projets du JRS dans le monde.
Joe DeCapua Last updated on: March 21, 2013 8:01 AM
It’s been 19 years since the Rwandan genocide. Much has been done regarding reconciliation and rebuilding. But the work continues, including helping those who became orphans during and after the mass killings. At a youth village in Rwanda, more than 100 high school seniors, all orphans, recently passed their national exams to graduate.
It’s called Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. The name is a combination of Kinyarwanda and Hebrew -- Agahozo meaning “where tears are dried” and Shalom meaning “peace.”
Bujumbura, 15 March 2013 – In late January the Jesuit Refugee Service has closed its project in Rwanda after 17 years of accompaniment of the nearly 40,000 refugees from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing an end some of the oldest JRS projects in world.
Since 1996, JRS worked in two of three camps present in the country, Kiziba and Gihembe in western and northern Rwanda where teams worked closely with the refugee populations offering formal and informal education services, as well as pastoral, recreational and emergency activities.
01 MARCH 2013
A £16 million package of development support to Rwanda will be channelled through aid agencies or directly to the poorest people, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today. None of this funding will be released to Rwanda as general budget support - meaning that it won't go through the Rwandan government.
Following a breach of agreed development assistance partnership principles, the UK government decided in November 2012 not to release £21 million of general budget support to the government of Rwanda.
UNHCR operational highlights
From the transition response, with few refugees from The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the second influx has started since mid-November 2012.
Since April 2012, 24,123 refugees from DRC were received in Rwanda.
In November, 292 new arrivals were received at the Nkamira Transit Center after the Goma events. After relative calm in Goma, the vast majority of them returned.
In December, 3,842 arrived at Nkamira Transit Center.