Cohesion

Rwanda: Social Cohesion Fundamental for Sustainable Development, Says First Lady. By Athan Tashobya, The New Times. The First Lady and Chairperson of Unity Club, Mrs Jeannette Kagame, has said that Rwandans can only achieve sustainable development if all stakeholders, including … Continue Reading »

Widows

Avega-Agahozo Join the World to Celebrate International Widows Day. By Diane Mushimijimana, Rwanda Focus. 23rd June 2016. Avega Agahozo – Association of Widowed Genocide Survivors – were joined by other organizations for the welfare of widows in Rwanda today to … Continue Reading »

Women’s Work

UKAid’s DfiD assessment of The Widowed Survivors’ Empowerment Project (WSEP), awarded to SURF and AVEGA, a 3-year programme that ended in March 2015, says, “Overall we have appraised your reported performance as A+”. According to DfiD “It is the group dynamics that … Continue Reading »

Incike 2015

A new crowd funding campaign, Incike Initiative 2015, is to be launched to support highly vulnerable, aged survivors in Rwanda. Incike is a Rwandan tech. initiative by young, ICT entrepreneur Mutangana Aphrodise, who has developed a mobile technology platform to … Continue Reading »

Hope

Genocide widows recount journey of thorns and hope. By Donah Mbabazi, The New Times. April 7 marked the 21st anniversary of the beginning of a hundred days of terror in Rwanda in which over one million innocent people were killed. … Continue Reading »

Comic Relief

Survivors Fund (SURF) received critical funding from Comic Relief in 2010 to support a two-year HIV+ Survivors Integration Project (SIP). SIP sought to extend holistic support through our two partner organisations AVEGA Agahozo and Solace Ministries to ensure the successful integration into the public health system … Continue Reading »

Widows & Agriculture

New research from Stuart Jones of the University of Reading (UK) shows that agricultural vulnerability of widow farmers in social processes is largely manifested from actions of extended family, rather than exogenous community factors. Genocide has resulted in a fundamental … Continue Reading »

Outrage

The BBC’s recent “Rwanda: The Untold Story” provides a highly imbalanced account of the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi, with no challenge to its selection of sources and materials, nor checks on the assertions made. Sadly, it serves to fuel … Continue Reading »

Mothers say Thank You

Aburukundo

A group of mothers, victims of rape committed during the genocide, who have attended our community counselling programme, gave us a big surprise last week. They presented us with a thank you gift for the psychological support they have received … Continue Reading »

Come Together

A group of seven organisations, including Survivors Fund (SURF), representing and supporting survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, has called for increased support to the tens of thousands of vulnerable genocide survivors in Rwanda. The call has … Continue Reading »