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Located in central Africa, Rwanda is known as the “land of a thousand hills”. It shares a border with Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. During the genocide in 1994 thousands fled into neighbouring countries, but in recent years Rwanda has itself become a safe haven for those fleeing from conflict in DR Congo and Burundi. 

Today, Rwanda is endeavouring to rebuild and strengthen its economy, with a growing tourism industry and exports of coffee and tea.

Mothers’ Union was started in Rwanda in 1966. Today, more than 24,000 Mothers’ Union members across the country are actively engaging in initiatives to transform the lives of individuals, families and whole communities. 

Responding to local needs, their projects include:

  • Health awareness programmes
  • Parenting Programme
  • Savings and Credit groups
  • Peace and reconciliation
  • Marriage preparation and counselling
  • Support for widows
  • Sunday School
  • Addressing gender-based violence
  • Vocational skills training