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.
The program has three main projects — the Komeza Women’s Initiative, the Community Bible Church, and the Kiziba Refugee Education Project.
Komeza Women’s Initiative
This project 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.
Community Bible Church (CBC)
Community Bible Church focuses on discipling and mentoring the congregation members to be authentic disciples of Christ. Structured differently than many traditional Rwandan churches, CBC has 5 leaders (rather than a single pastor) who collaborate to make decisions and run the day-to-day activities. CBC is dedicated to equipping a new generation of servant leaders, training and encouraging worshippers, and developing strong disciples of Christ.
The Child and Youth at Risk (CYAR) project is under the umbrella of Community Bible Church. 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
This project equips individuals in the Kiziba Refugee Camp with opportunities to cultivate knowledge and hope for their future through informal and formal education. Three primary initiatives exist under this project:
1) The first initiative is the Kiziba Community Library, which was built just outside the camp in 2013. It offers Kiziba residents a safe place to continue learning through reading books, attending English Club, theology classes, and participating in sports tournaments.
2) The second initiative is a student sponsorship program, which was developed in recent years to provide a select group of youth the opportunity to return to school and finish their formal secondary education in a nearby boarding school.
3) The last 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.