SURF is fortunate to have a number of partners that support our work and make it possible both in the UK and Rwanda. Our work is supported by an array of funders whose support is invaluable. In 2014 our funders … Continue Reading »

Volunteers and Supporters

Our work is helped by the contribution of a number of individual volunteers, who make up the SURF Projects Team. Their work is vital in extending the reach of SURF. Special acknowledgment is made to the contribution of Kathy Shanklin, … Continue Reading »

How SURF is run

Survivors Fund (SURF) is a charitable company, registered in England and Wales with both the Charity Commission (1065705) and Companies House (04311565). This structure, which is used by many charities, allows us to have all the advantages of charitable status, … Continue Reading »

Future Plans

Our more immediate plans are outlined in the Summary of the Year section. The focus of our future work, which will be more fully outlined in our Strategic Plan 2015 – 2017, will be concentrated in two principal areas: Rebuilding … Continue Reading »

Financial Review

Summary 2014 proved to be a year of consolidation as we secured income of £917,375 with half of that income being secured from two restricted grants from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Big Lottery Fund. This … Continue Reading »


We have examined the major risks to which the charity is exposed and review them at each Board meeting. Systems and procedures have been put in place to manage those risks. The Risk Register is maintained by the Chief Executive … Continue Reading »


The work of SURF would not be possible without an incredible team of committed staff. Françoise Lemagnen was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in November 2013. She is supported by David Russell, who serves as the UK Coordinator. David … Continue Reading »

Summary of the Year

Here we describe a selection of our work in the year ending 31 December 2014, and look forward to the work that we plan to undertake in 2015. Widowed Survivors Empowerment Project (WSEP) Funder: UK Department for International Development (DFID) … Continue Reading »

A Note from the Chief Executive

The ‘raison d’être’ of Survivors Fund (SURF) is to respond to an explicit need from survivors of the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi. A visiting European supporter group to Kigali, in July 2014, asked us about the negative connotations of … Continue Reading »

The Year in Review / Preview

In the important 20th anniversary year of the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi the world turned its attention once again to Rwanda. We at Survivors Fund (SURF) were able to join with others, in both the UK and Rwanda, to … Continue Reading »