- Developing a new Wellness Centre managed by AVEGA in Cyangugu for genocide widows in the Western Region, funded by INSPIRE!africa;
– Establishing a new goat farm in Nyagatare in partnership with AERG, and funded by Good Gifts;
– Rolling out a new legal project led by a team of interns from AERG and coordinated by SURF to document legal cases of survivors, in partnership with Redress;
– Launching the Kigali Language Exchange (KLE) through funding from the Stanley Foundation to deliver high quality, affordable English language training and to generate income for AERG;
– Forming a new handicrafts group in Ntarama, based on the successful model of the Abasangiye Co-operative in Kayonza, funded by the Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Trust;
– Launching four new projects to leverage funding from the Good Gifts Catalogue to generate income through solar lamp and bicycles projects for an array of our partner organisations.
Scaling up projects
– Extending the Ntarama Health Centre to include a health education wing, and an
operational hospitalisation ward, through funding from Network 4 Africa;
– Scaling up work against gender-based violence (GBV) through two new projects
managed by AVEGA and Kanyarwanda, funded by the Sigrid Rausing Trust;
– Increasing access to school for more than 850 children born of rape to women genocide
survivors, through our partnership with Foundation Rwanda;
– Scaling up the Education into Employment (EiE) programme in partnership with AERG to support young survivors at university to secure employment on graduation, enabling over 300 young survivors to be paired with mentors.
– Sustaining wraparound support to over 2,000 HIV+ women survivors in membership of Solace Ministries and AVEGA, through funding from Comic Relief;
– Organising a Parliamentary commemoration in the UK to mark the anniversary of the
genocide, in partnership with the APPG on the Great Lakes;
– Supporting 76 young survivors at universities across Rwanda, of whom 18 graduated over the year, made possible largely by the Charities Advisory Trust;
– Extending support to a dairy farm of GAERG in Ntarama and a piggery in Gitarama.
– SURF successfully nominated AVEGA Agahozo for the Gruber Foundation Prize for Women’s Rights that resulted in an unrestricted grant of $500,000;
– SURF facilitated a grant to Uyisenga N’Manzi of $400,000 from The Chello Foundation
to support the education of orphaned and vulnerable children;
– SURF increased its staff in Rwanda, whilst reducing its staff in the UK, in order to
deliver greater support directly to our partner organisations in Rwanda;
– Launched the new interactive Survivors Fund (SURF) website developed by lbdesign;
Increased our annual income by 25% in a challenging financial climate.