Our Work

Survivors Fund (SURF) is rebuilding the lives of survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. All our work is informed and underpinned by four guiding principles:

  • SURF’s commitment to survivors and related vulnerable persons is long term
  • SURF is independent in its response to the priorities of survivors and related vulnerable persons
  • SURF builds the capacity of survivor organisations as strong actors in Rwandan civil society
  • SURF supports sustainable activities that are integrated into mainstream planning

Holistic programmes are developed and delivered by survivor-led organisations including AVEGA (Association of Widows of the Genocide), GAERG (Graduate Student’s Association of Survivors) and AERG (Student’s Association of Survivors), with technical support from SURF. Any one angle of assistance – be it medical, economic or social – would be an incomplete answer. Thus the programmes range from healthcare to house building, education to entrepreneurship.

Our priorities for the period 2018 to 2020 are set out in our Strategic Plan.