The program has three main projects — the Komeza Women’s Initiative, Children and Youth at Risk, and the Kiziba Refugee Education Project.

WHO WE HELP

Impact Rwanda takes a holistic approach to meeting the needs of those who are desperately poor and vulnerable in Rwanda. Their focus is on empowering and equipping women, refugees, and at-risk children and youth by providing access to improved spiritual and physical health, education, and vocational training.

WHAT WE DO

The program has three main projects — the Komeza Women’s Initiative, Children and Youth at Risk, and the Kiziba Refugee Education Project.

Komeza Women’s Initiative provides women who were once underemployed or unemployed with training in employable skills. These sessions include workplace communication, baking, cooking, customer service, and small business training. Komeza women work at J. Lynn’s, a social enterprise that provides them with a steady job and income to support their family. Komeza training is conducted several times a year, according to the skills the women are most interested in developing.

The Child and Youth at Risk (CYAR) project is under the umbrella of Community Bible Church (CBC), a local church dedicated to equipping a new generation of leaders. Impact Rwanda supports children and youth who are orphaned or have lived on the streets by providing them with their basic necessities, including shelter, medical care, food, education, and spiritual support.

Kiziba Refugee Education Project equips individuals in the Kiziba Refugee Camp with opportunities to cultivate knowledge and hope for their future through informal and formal education. Under this project there are three primary initiatives. The first initiative is the Kiziba Community Library, which offers Kiziba residents a safe place to learn through reading books, attending English Club, theology classes and participating in sports tournaments. The second initiative is a student sponsorship program, which was developed to provide a select group of youth the opportunity to return to school and finish their formal secondary education in a nearby boarding school. The third initiative seeks to equip students in Kiziba’s secondary school with school supplies to enhance their learning, and teachers with critical resources to improve their teaching.