Help Save Children in Rwanda

Despite extreme poverty and the legacy of the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has already halved the number of deaths of children under five and is now driving through an ambitious program to save even more lives. Save the Children is proud to be a part of this vital process, but we recognize that there is still much work to be done to help Rwandan children survive and thrive.

The Challenges for Children in Rwanda

Living in poverty and with limited access to healthcare and education, children in Rwanda need your help.*

  • 39% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 26 dies before their 5th birthday
  • 38% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 23% of school-age children are out of school
  • 29% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 3% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 37 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 68% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
Map of Rwanda

Our Work for Children in Rwanda

Our projects in early childhood care, health and protection help thousands of children and provide a model of what could be done in other places. Nearly 1 million Rwandans were killed in 100 days of genocide in 1994. In the aftermath, we reunited 40,000 children with their families. Today we’re working to provide access to good quality healthcare in rural Rwanda.

  • Protected 59,277 children from harm
  • Supported 32,149 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 89,567 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 835 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs

How to Help Children in Rwanda

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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