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Project information

Education for Life

Vocational Education is critical to enable the most marginalised and vulnerable young people in Rwanda to build a future for themselves. This project will support young genocide survivors and children born of rape to do so.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Survivors Fund (SURF)

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  • Need


    Twenty-two years after the Rwandan genocide, its consequences still endure, hindering both economic growth and the individual capacity of Rwandans to move forward. Youth in Rwanda represent a majority of the population (over 60%) and many are disadvantaged due to their low socioeconomic status. Particularly disadvantaged within this group are young survivors and children born of rape who face grave psychological, social and economic challenges in securing employment.


    In providing access to vocational training, the project will enhance the livelihoods of vulnerable young people in Rwanda. The project will transform their lives by enabling them to secure a job, or else to be skilled enough to create one for themselves, and in so doing secure an income to eradicate their extreme poverty and hunger, and that of their dependents.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support 40 young survivors and children born of rape to complete their vocational education


    » To fund and support the vocational education of 40 young survivors and children born of rape

    What success will look like

    The graduation rate of all 40 members of the cohort, and their subsequent employment rate.

  • Impact


    It will help to secure the livelihoods of the 40 members of the cohort - providing them with skills to secure employment, or to generate income as an self-employed tradesperson.

    We will track each participant through their training, and then also post-graduation to ensure that they secure employment - or can access support if required to do so.

    Our monitoring and evaluation office in Rwanda will track and report on progress.


    Principally the ability and confidence of the participants to first apply for vocational training, and then to maintain their attendance, and finally to attain the qualifications.

    Many have dropped out of formal education, and thus require additional support. Our office, and that of our partners, will provide that as required.

    Critically follow-up is required to ensure that they transition from education into employment, which again we will support.


    Our monitoring and evaluation office in Rwanda will track the progress of the participants, to ensure that they maintain their attendance through the vocational training - and then follow-up with them subsequently. As required, we will then report to donors accordingly.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,400 Tuition fees Tuition fees for 40 students
      £1,200 Scholastic materials Scholastic materials for 40 students
      £1,800 Transport + Uniforms Transport and uniforms for 40 students
      £3,000 Program Manager To oversee coordination of the project
      £1,500 Monitoring and evaluation For transport for follow-up with students
      £2,400 Social worker To provide counselling support as required
      £1,700 Hardship Hardship allowance as required for students
  • Background




    Young survivors and children born of rape from the genocide in Rwanda.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Survivors Fund (SURF) has been working with survivors of the genocide and their dependents in Rwanda formally since we were constituted in 1997. There is no other international charity that is specifically dedicated to providing holistic support to this vulnerable and marginalised population.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Samuel Munderere

    Chief Executive

    Emilienne Kambibi

    Social Worker

    David Russell

    UK Coordinator