Since 2008 Embrace Rwanda International Society a Vancouver-based Christian charity has helped to bring powerful, meaningful and sustainable change to Rwanda’s Southern Province. For a region hit hard by poverty, genocide and disease, the transformation is remarkable. Of the 75,000 people in this area of Rwanda, it is estimated that at least 24,000 have now benefited from the work of Embrace Rwanda.
Embrace Rwanda is a grassroots community development partnership between Canada and Rwanda. Under the leadership of North Vancouver’s Hilary King, the initial focus was to provide continuing support for poverty-stricken rural families through an initiative called the “Healthy Mums Project”. Five years later, the initiative stands on four pillars of community development and support: maternal/child health, early childhood education, building capacity through a Vocational Training Center and a community economic development/ savings and credit program to support the development of small business.
The cooperation of our Diocese and Embrace Rwanda International is dated from 2013. Now, in Shyogwe, Embrace Rwanda has introduced two more association sites to support single mothers. These associations have been meeting since last summer and slowly adding to their savings and credit account so that some small business opportunities have been realized.