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Project information

Raising Families Rwanda

Raising Families provides local Churches with the knowledge and skills they need to come alongside and help support vulnerable families in their communities both physically and spiritually.

April 2016 - March 2019

Charity information: Samaritan's Purse International Limited

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  • Need


    Poverty continues to be a major social issue in Rwanda. Families struggle with illness, lack of food and employment. They often have poor housing and little if any income – barely subsisting and not able to afford for their children to go to school or pay for healthcare. Each day is a fight for survival; sapping their strength, vitality and feeding their sense of hopelessness.


    Church Action Group volunteers are trained in how to care for the whole person – physically, emotionally, spiritually and relationally. Each Church identifies 20 vulnerable families to support and helps advise on HIV, family planning, caring for orphan and vulnerable children, nutrition, sanitation and on how to significantly improve the livelihoods through
    planting crops, clearing farmland and how to work with others to make the most of the resources available to them to generate income.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To strengthen 715 churches to enable them to transform 715 communities by 2019


    » 200 parish pastors and 715 facilitators envisioned
    » 715 local Church Action Groups (CAG)formed
    » 715 CAGs trained in CCM, OVC care, HIV, family planning, livelihoods lens approach, nutrition, sanitation, activity implementation and M+E
    » 715 CAGs conduct needs/assets assessments and plan interventions for vulnerable people

    What success will look like

    Increased percentage of the population who acknowledge that the church is active in reaching out to vulnerable families and increased percentage of churches with spiritual growth.

    Aim 2

    Improve income, health, education, shelter, psychosocial support and protection for 14,300 families


    » Family assessments and planning developed for each family
    » Home visits provided by church and community and health, education, material and protection needs addressed
    » Referrals arranged for OVC families to health, school and protection services
    » Community leaders, parish pastors and NGOs linked to mobilised care and support

    What success will look like

    Increased percentage of families with increased income, whose children are physically healthy, are safe from abuse, neglect and exploitation and are progressing well in school.

    Aim 3

    100% of targeted families have improved access to income, investments and savings by 2019


    » Savings groups started in 715 local churches and communities
    » Sustainable livelihoods approach outworked to 14,300 families
    » Livelihoods interventions started in 715 churches

    What success will look like

    Increased percentage of families with livelihood skills, with sources of income and who are saving regularly.

  • Impact


    Improvement in the quality of life of vulnerable children and families, with an increased percentage of the population that acknowledge improvement in health and sanitation, education of children and incomes of families.


    Geographical dispersal of locations. Mitigation: the project will consider selecting churches in a given zone and plan to visit hilly zones considering the regular weather calendar. Denominational and doctrine differences of the partnering churches. Mitigation: The project will capitalise on the existent amicable relationship between the three denominations and will focus on the practical outworking of service to the vulnerable families within the churches' neighbourhoods.


    Donors will be given six month impact reports which will detail progress against aims and objectives and will include case stories of families that have benefitted from the project. Reports will be sent in hard and electronic format.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £142,369

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      Amount Heading Description
      £107,184 Staff costs 1 Projet Manager, 1 M&E Officer, 15 Field Coordinators and 2 AEBR/EPR Coordinators
      £8,455 Activity costs Staff training, training materials,training 200 parish pastors and 515 facilitators
      £11,616 Transport costs Vehicle maintenance and fuel
      £4,170 Direct support costs Airtime Province, Airtime field coordinators, stationary field coordinators and stationary Province
      £4,166 M&E costs Yearly evaluation survey, end of project evaluation, field expenses for staff
      £6,778 Admin overheads 5% Indirect admin overheads
  • Background


    Rwanda is a landlocked, resource-poor country with a population of approximately 11 million people (NISR). There are at least 2.8 million vulnerable children in Rwanda (UNICEF 2011), representing a significant challenge to Rwanda’s short- and medium-term development.
    The Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda (PEAR) has 11 dioceses in the country, which includes Kigali, the pilot diocese of this project. The PEAR covers all the 30 districts of Rwanda.


    Vulnerable families including Orphan and Vulnerable Children headed households will benefit from the project. Each Church Action Group will select 20 vulnerable households, making a total of 14,300 families positively impacted by this project. It is expected that 71,500 vulnerable men, women and children in 14,300 families will be supported.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Samaritans Purse has been successfully delivering the Raising Families Programme in Africa and Central Asia since 2013. This project is built on a successful 3 year programme covering other Diocese in Rwanda. Samaritan's Purse is effective at making a difference – with field offices in many developing countries and with a focus on working through local Churches who know the problems and how best to sensitively and more effectively address them.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rev Francis Karemera

    Director of Raising Families Rwanda

    His Grace Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje

    Archbishop of Anglican Church of Rwanda

    Alan Cutting

    Raising Families Programme Manager, Samaritan's Purse

We would like, through the church, to see a transformation in Rwanda. To use this programme to see people feeding themselves, educating their children to alleviate their level of poverty. That's my dream for the church in Rwanda to fight against poverty in our communities.

Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje of Rwanda