Rwanda is a nation diligently working to heal from a traumatic past. In 1994, approximately one million men, women and children were systematically killed in ethnic violence. The effects of the genocide continue to be felt at many levels today, particularly among the generation left orphaned and traumatized by the atrocities of the conflict. The nation has made remarkable progress towards good governance and helping the poor, but poverty remains one of the main issues affecting nearly half of the population.
CBM partners with the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda (AEBR), offering support and assistance to tackle the issues of an over-burdened society coping with reconstruction and reconciliation. Issues of poverty, diseases such as malaria, HIV and AIDS, and a generation of children and youth without parents continues despite the major strides the country has made in recent years.
Through the work of the local AEBR churches, vital programs exist to help communities move towards greater food security, peace, justice and reconciliation, and sustainable development. Leadership has always been a key component in bringing a hurting community together for effective dialogue and relevant programming. CBM invests in training leaders, leaders who ensure that beyond programs, relationships are built where the message of Christ’s love, hope and peace is shared and practiced.