AVEGA Appeal

Each year, Rwanda commemorates the 1994 genocide perpetrated against Tutsi from April to July. The commemoration week runs from 7th to 13th April. During the period, AVEGA undertakes various activities for its members. Those activities are divided into three phases: … Continue Reading »

Elderly

Rwanda: Elderly Genocide Survivors – a Complex Problem. By Eric Didier Karinganire, Rwanda Focus.  Rosaria Mukamusoni, 81, lost her entire family during the Genocide, and for her, it is not history, but a lasting wound. She now stays alone in … Continue Reading »

Esperanz

Esperanz was living in Ntarama during the genocide. When it started, she began grouping together with neighbors. After three days they decided to separate, some of them (including her husband and family) went to the school, others went to the … Continue Reading »

Study Tour

Last Thursday, 96 of the participants on the Widowed Survivors Empowerment Project (WSEP), funded by the UK Department for International Development, traveled from around Rwanda to meet in AVEGA East to partake in study tours. Every one of the 32 income-generating … Continue Reading »

IWD 2013

Today (8th March) is International Women’s Day (IWD). The UN theme for IWD 2013 is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” The survivors of the genocide in 1994 are disproportionately women and girls, as … Continue Reading »

Evaluation

Survivors Fund (SURF) is publishing here the independent evaluation report of the two-year HIV+ Survivors Integration Project (SIP) funded by Comic Relief. The evaluation assessed the impact of the project, which sought to extend holistic support through our two partner organisations AVEGA … Continue Reading »

Counselling

A guest post by Dr Jemma Hogwood, Clinical Psychologist, SURF Rwanda: For the last 6 months, four groups of women have been meeting regularly in their local communities to discuss their experiences of being raped during the genocide and bringing … Continue Reading »

Fifteen years

Survivors Fund (SURF) works to support survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It is marking its 15th Anniversary with a public event at Portcullis House on 5th December. From July 1994, in the immediate aftermath of … 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 »

WSEP Progress

In accordance with the policy of Survivors Fund (SURF) for transparency in our work, we publish here the first quarterly report of AVEGA on the progress of our new Widowed Survivors Empowerment Project (WSEP). The report makes for great reading, some highlights … Continue Reading »