Rwanda is a country than has undergone incredible change since the mid 1990s. After suffering one of the greatest tragedies in modern history, Rwanda is now an example of good governance and economic growth, becoming an African leader in telecommunications and air transport. The benefits of this growth, however, often don't reach people in the poor rural areas. 85% of Rwandas more than 11 million citizens are engaged in agriculture and 50% live in extreme poverty. Access to food, health care and education remain major challenges.
ICO currently operates in the Nyamasheke District of western Rwanda, in a village of five or six thousand people. Most people there are subsistence farmers and a large proportion are orphans or widows.
In 2011 with ICO's support: 120 widows’ houses have been rehabilitated, 1,000 eco-stoves have been installed, all 45 of our sponsored children have advanced to the next grade, breeding pigs have arrived in 50 new student families, there are 30 new beekeepers with productive hives, and 800 valued Moringa seedlings have rooted in community nurseries.