Angel stands in front of the house she shares with her mother in Rwanda's Ngoma sector on Feb. 26. Tourism is her dream career. Her backup plan is selling tomatoes (Whitney Shefte, Washington Post)

Angel and Jacqueline

Sunlight streams through Angel’s window, catching her metallic hoop earrings. She sits at a wooden table next to her mother, Jacqueline. They split a loaf of bread for breakfast and wash it down with tea. Jacqueline sprinkles brown sugar into … Continue Reading »

Foundation Rwanda programme

Continuing our series of articles from our Annual Report 2016, we outline here our current work with Foundation Rwanda. Through funding from Foundation Rwanda, Survivors Fund (SURF) is currently addressing the education and counselling needs of young people conceived through rape … Continue Reading »

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 »

One of the beneficiaries of the Foundation Rwanda programme

“I learned who I am”

SURF Clinical Psychogist, Jemma Hogwood, is the lead author of a new academic paper “I Learned Who I Am”: Young People Born From Genocide Rape in Rwanda and Their Experiences of Disclosure.” The paper, published in this month’s Journal of … Continue Reading »

Uncondemned

Rwandan Genocide Survivors Urge U.N. Action on Sexual Violence.. “We keep hearing that it’s still happening, that rape is used as a weapon, as a tool of genocide and war. It hurts us a lot.” BY Lucy Westcott, Newsweek. Four … Continue Reading »

Emmanuel

Emmanuel Kayitare is 20 years old, currently S2 at Musambira Secondary School in the Kamonyi District. What Emmanuel values in life is to study.  His message to other children like him, “…is to feel easy at their problems even though … Continue Reading »

Faustine

Iradukunda Faustine is 20 years old, currently S5 College School of Arts of Nyundo – Sculpture, Ceramic and Graphic section, in the Muhanga District.  Her wish is to become a Fashion Designer. What she values in life is to study. … Continue Reading »

Faustine

Iradukunda Faustine is 20 years old, currently S5 College School of Arts of Nyundo – Sculpture, Ceramic and Graphic section, in the Muhanga District.  Her wish is to become a Fashion Designer. What she values in life is to study. … Continue Reading »