HIV+ Survivors

Today, 1st December, is World AIDS Day. To mark the day, Survivors Fund (SURF) is raising awareness of the situation of women survivors of genocide living with HIV and AIDS in Rwanda. Through funding from Comic Relief, Survivors Fund (SURF) … Continue Reading »


Kamembe is the base of AVEGA Western Region (AWR). Survivors Fund (SURF) provided the initial grant to establish the office of AWR in 2003, and through our current grant for the HIV+ Survivors Integration Project (SIP) from Comic Relief we … Continue Reading »


The Auditor General in Rwanda this week reported that funds utilised by the Government Assistance Fund for Survivors (FARG) for the construction of shelter is “not worth the amount of money spent“. Between 2006-2008 alone, 6 billion Rwandan Francs (approximately … 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 »

IBUKA Newsletter Cover

Communication Matters

IBUKA, the umbrella body of survivor’s organisations in Rwanda, published today its first newsletter, which reports news of the 15 members that operate under its umbrella. IBUKA will publish this newsletter at least twice a year, which will set out … Continue Reading »

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day. The theme this year is all about raising awareness to tackle HIV prejudice and help stop the spread of HIV. SURF’s new HIV+ Survivors Integration Project (SIP) funded by Comic Relief encompasses that work. Whilst in … Continue Reading »

Charles, a survivor of Bisesero


On the journey back from my visit to Cyangugu, we took the stunning (but bumpy) Lake Kivu road to return to Kigali via Bisesero. Bisesero is the most significant site of resistance during the genocide. It is a place of … Continue Reading »

Rwanda Visit

I arrived in Kigali yesterday for a three-week visit in Rwanda. There are a number of items on the itinerary on which I will be reporting further in due course. The first part of the visit I will be travelling … Continue Reading »