Turning Pain into Hope. Photo by Whitney Shefte.

Turning Pain into Hope

Rwanda’s children of rape are coming of age — against the odds. By Danielle Paquette, The Washington Post. Angel was 11 the last time her mother tried to kill her. She remembers the handful of rat poison pellets, the urging: Take … Continue Reading »

Group Analysis

Last week 30 Rwandese counsellors and psychologists took part in training in Group Analysis. This is a particular branch of therapy that looks at group work and group dynamics. The majority of the training participants work for AVEGA, with other … Continue Reading »

CNLG Survey

By Michel Nkurunziza, Rwanda Focus. The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) together with other relevant organizations will this Tuesday launch a survey to identify genocide survivors in need of support. The activities will this week start with … Continue Reading »

Training

Empowering vulnerable youth to rebuild their lives through business training is one of the ways of unlocking their potential. We are empowering these youth to realize their full potential. By providing opportunities that open the future for school drop outs, … Continue Reading »

Placement

One of the students interning with us at SURF writes about her experience! “This is what kept me busy in Rwanda! For the last seven weeks I have been interning at SURF (Survivors Fund), an organization that funds projects of … Continue Reading »

Entrepreneurship

Immaculate is 26 years old. She is a recipient of the ELE Imbere Heza project in Gisagara district southern Rwanda. Immaculate lives with her mother and two young siblings. “I dropped out of secondary school when I became pregnant. I … Continue Reading »

FARG

FARG in new financing scheme to support genocide survivors. By Michel Nkurunziza, The Rwanda Focus. From 13th April 2016. The Genocide Survivors’ Assistance Fund (FARG) has announced new financing mechanisms to support vulnerable genocide survivors. At the start of the 22 … Continue Reading »

Entrepreneurship

Survivors Fund (SURF) in partnership with AERG (Association of Student Genocide Survivors) has just completed the first year of our ELE Project, though funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The ELE Project is focused on “Empowering Vulnerable Young … Continue Reading »

Benon Scholars

We commemorated this past month, the 3rd Anniversary of the loss of Benon Banya, SURF’s accountant. And a friend to all. He died undertaking a climb on Mount Kilimanjaro in 2013 to raise money for SURF.  A long-time supporter, this was … Continue Reading »

Reaching Rwanda

Last week a group of 26 students and teachers from Sandhurst School, Berkshire in the UK led by Samantha Hunt, SURF’s Chairperson and Deputy Head Teacher at this school, visited SURF’s projects in Rwanda and most importantly took part in rebuilding the lives of survivors through a range … Continue Reading »