Aid decision

Survivors Fund (SURF) statement on decision of the UK Department for International Development (DfID) to withhold aid to Rwanda The decision today of the UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, to withhold aid to Rwanda in light … Continue Reading »

Big Lottery Fund

Survivors Fund (SURF) is proud to announce it has secured a three year grant of £498,632 for the Genocide Widows Empowerment Project (GWEP) from the International Communities Programme of the Big Lottery Fund. GWEP will transform the lives of widowed … Continue Reading »


Project Umubano is the UK Conservative Party Social Action project in Rwanda and Sierra Leone. Since 2007, Survivors Fund (SURF) has helped with the organisation of the project, providing support in-country for the visiting delegation. In addition, each year a team … Continue Reading »

2012 Preview

The year ahead will be a pivotal time for Survivors Fund (SURF) as well as for survivors of the genocide. Our primary focus will be supporting AVEGA Agahozo to extend the organisation’s work to support widows and orphans of the … Continue Reading »

Good Gifts

For many years, Survivors Fund (SURF) has been a grateful beneficiary of the Good Gifts Catalogue. The new Catalogue has jut been published, and the great new Good Gifts website is now up and running. To get some sense of the … Continue Reading »

Project Umubano 2011

Over the past two weeks, Survivors Fund (SURF) has been working with the community group of Project Umubano, the two week international social action programme of the UK Conservative Party. A group of 10 members of the 100-strong delegation in … Continue Reading »

On fundraising

On fundraising

Survivors Fund (SURF) is featured in an article in the Guardian on “Why small charities need to work to break through the £1m barrier”.  Anne Nicholls writes: The story of the Survivors Fund shows the importance of securing sustainable funding … Continue Reading »



Support of the survivors of the genocide comes in many forms. As we approach the anniversary of the genocide this week, we offer our support in the forms of thoughts and prayers for the survivors at this challenging time. Seventeen … Continue Reading »

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day

Today is Red Nose Day, the biennial telethon to raise money for Comic Relief. Survivors Fund (SURF) has a long association with Comic Relief. In fact, SURF’s Founder, Mary Kayitesi Blewitt, raised funding for AVEGA from Comic Relief in 1995, … Continue Reading »

Dame Hilary Blume - a Happy Giver


New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) today launched a new report: Ten Ways to boost giving. The report identifies current barriers to giving (“I can’t afford it”; “I think charities are inefficient”) and proposes ideas on how to encourage and stimulate people … Continue Reading »