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Rwanda came to the world’s attention in 1994 when 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu extremists in three months. After 15 years, the country is still in a rebuilding process as the survivors struggle to forgive and move forward.
Economically, Rwanda has seen a vast improvement since 1994 with a stable government and significant foreign investment. Even so, the economy is still largely dependent on subsistence agriculture. Rwanda is known as the Land of a Thousand Hills because of its beautiful terrain. Rwanda’s population is approximately 10 million. The official languages are Kinyarwanda and English. French was the official language until 2008.
ALARM in Rwanda
ALARM was formed in the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, after God called ALARM’s founder Celestin Musekura to minister to pastors there and to train up new leaders and strengthen the church. ALARM established the Center for Leadership and Forgiveness in Kigali to serve as a conference center for training pastors and other leaders from Rwanda and other countries. ALARM has been actively working to train pastors and other leaders through our institutes and conferences. ALARM also has had numerous initiatives aimed at forgiveness and reconciliation to help the people of Rwanda rebuild their lives, their communities and their nation.
The Institute of Women’s Excellence (IWE) is a secondary school for girls, many of whom were left as orphans by the genocide. ALARM operates this school in the eastern part of Rwanda to train a new generation of leaders who are skilled in science and technology and are passionate for Christ.
ALARM provides empowerment to widows through several microfinance groups, where each woman has been able to launch her own business. These women have taken to heart the training ALARM has provided on stewardship, and they have joined together to operate a separate business that they use to help those even less fortunate than themselves.
The Emerging Leaders Program in Rwanda is quite active in providing a brighter future for teens and young adults, training them in vocational skills as well as leadership and discipleship. ALARM also operates the Kabuga Vocational Training Center which provides one and a half years of technical training for young people who have had to drop out of school.
- Benjamin Nkusi, Country Director
- Rev. Nathan Ndyamiyemenshi, Pastoral Director
- Ntakirutimana Jean Bosco, Leadership Development Coordinator, Emerging Leaders Program
- Mukashema Noella, Accountant
- Sophonie Sebaziga Maseruka, Coordinator, Peace, Justice & Reconciliation Program,
- Elie Noheri, Coordinator for Community Transformation
- Mr. Alphonse Ruzindana, Administrative Assistant