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La Caritas Rwanda a été créée en 1960. Contenu par les Évêques Catholiques du Rwanda. Elle a été officiellement reconnue comme une organisation sans but lucratif par l’arrêté ministériel n° 499/08 en 1962, et est devenue une Organisation non gouvernementale conformément à la loi no 06/2012 du 17/02/2012 déterminant la gestion et la gouvernance des institutions basées sur les religions au Rwanda. Depuis 1965, Caritas Rwanda a été intégrée dans une organisation étendue, Caritas Internationalis, qui est une confédération internationale de toutes les Caritas du monde.  Actuellement, la Caritas Rwanda œuvre dans tout le pays à travers les Caritas diocésaines, Caritas paroissiales, Caritas des Centrales et les Caritas des Communautés Ecclésiales de Base.

Mission de la Caritas Rwanda

La Caritas Rwanda vise à créer une communauté de personnes qui respectent la dignité humaine dans laquelle chaque être humain a été créé, la dignité privée par la discrimination, l'extrême pauvreté, les maladies et l'injustice. La Caritas aide les personnes vulnérables à travers ses œuvres socio-caritatives, les initiatives dans les domaines de santé et de développement. Toutes ces activités sont basées sur la charité.

Valeurs de la Caritas Rwanda  

Dignité des êtres humains;



Subsidiarité et partenariat





Objectifs-clés de la Caritas Rwanda

Fournir un soin particulier aux personnes vulnérables sans distinction aucune;

Construire un être humain bien complet ;

Soutenir les contributions des bénéficiaires ;

Promouvoir le partenariat;

Assurer un bon service;

Développer les activités durables.


Rwanda was established in 1960 by Catholic Bishops of Rwanda. It was officially recognized as a non-profit organization by the ministerial order nr 499/08 in 1962, and became a non-governmental organization according to the law no 06/2012 of 17/02/2012 governing the management and governance of religion-based institutions in Rwanda. Since 1965, Caritas Rwanda was integrated in an extended Caritas Organization known as, Caritas Internationalis, which is an international confederation of all Caritas organizations in the world. At the moment Caritas Rwanda is operating countrywide through Diocesan Caritas, Parish Caritas, sub-parish and Small Christian Communities’ Caritas.

Caritas Rwanda’s Vision and Mission

The Vision of Caritas Rwanda is to achieve a society that provides human dignity in which every human being was created; the dignity deprived by discrimination, extreme poverty, sickness and injustice. Caritas assist the vulnerable through its socio-welfare activities, health and development initiatives. All these activities are based on Charity.

Caritas Rwanda’s values:  

Human Dignity



Subsidiarity and partnership





Caritas Rwanda Key objectives

To provide a particular  care to the vulnerable without any discrimination;

To achieve an integral human being ;

To support beneficiaries ‘contribution ;

To promote partnership;

To ensure quality service;

To promote sustainable activities.





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Caritas Rwanda USAID Gimbuka Staff Capacity Development

Caritas Rwanda USAID Gimbuka Staff Capacity Development for Quality Service Delivery

       Kabgayi, 23rd to 26th April 2019

UParticipants in Psycho-social Support TrainingSAID Gimbuka is implemented by Caritas Rwanda since September 12th, 2012. The main objective of the program is to improve the nutritional status of children under five and vulnerable pregnant and lactating mothers, to strengthen the economic status and well-being of Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC), their families and People Living with HIV, as well as support Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) to develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Aid Free, Mentored and Safe lives (DREAMS). Nowadays, Gimbuka directly supports 116,368 beneficiaries among them 92,782 under five children, 6,200 OVC, 6,271 AGYW in DREAMS component, and supports 11,115 households through their efforts towards self-reliance.

 Gimbuka program is aware that vulnerable children face many wounds due to their status hence the 

program provide psychosocial support to help them cope with their daily life and resume the normal living standards. Accompanied by well skilled personnel, vulnerable children recover their self-esteem and become active rather than passive victims. In this regard, the program organizes and conducts the training for the whole staff who in turn train the program volunteers on the covered topics. Hence the trained staff (both new recruited and existing) get refresher session on yearly basis to make sure the staff are enough equipped with the new skills, methods, and processes to meet the required standards in providing psychosocial support to vulnerable Children and their families. In this regards 35 USAID Gimbuka staff were refreshed from 23rd through 26th April 2019 on various topics including: Psychosocial support, that refers to the actions that address both psychological and social needs of individuals, families and communities, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health to be able to accompany Adolescent girls and young women, HIV prevention including its transmission means, way of prevention, treatment including ART with emphasis on the available HIV/AIDS services in Rwanda health system, Stigma and discrimination that keep individuals from seeking out services that can improve their health and wellbeing, or, in some cases, save their lives, Child rights as per the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). There has been emphasis on child rights classification in “3Ps” namely provision, Protection, and participation.

As Caritas Rwanda cares about inclusion of people with disabilities in all its programs, attendees had an opportunity to interact with staff from National Council for People with Disability (NCPD): Mr. MURERA Emmanuel, Research and Disability mainstreaming and Mrs. MUKARUGWIZA Clemence, Legal affairs. The NCPPD guests stressed on Advocacy for child with disability; Mainstreaming; Prevention and Mitigation; Cooperation and collaboration with potential partners.

Caritas Rwanda commends the partnership with USAID and recognizes that vulnerable people supported are getting better thanks to the American People.

By Prosper SEBAGENZI, Programs' Director



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