ALARM-Africa (African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries) was founded in 1994 in response to a crisis of Christian leadership in Africa following the genocide in Rwanda.
Between 1994 and 1996, Western missionaries were forced to flee from Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo due to civil and political violence, acts of genocide, unrest and tribal warfare. Their departure resulted in a sudden vacuum of leadership among once growing congregations. Nationals had not been trained to conduct church ministries, disciple parishioners or mentor future leaders. The crisis of leadership was heightened by the fact that more than 70% of Rwandan pastors were killed or forced into exile due to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Burundi and Congo experienced similar decimation in 1993 and 1996, respectively. The horrific bloodshed of genocide and its aftermath fostered widespread hatred and bitter retaliation between the Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern Congo.
In addition, war was affecting the church of northern Uganda and southern Sudan. It quickly became evident that the African church needed strong leadership capable of guiding, teaching, forgiving and reconciling for healing and transformation of their communities. During these events God put a heavy burden on the heart of an ordained Baptist minister, Rev. Dr. Celestin Musekura. Celestin and his wife Bernadette heard and heeded God’s call; an alarm that required indigenous Africans to equip their people with the skills needed to rebuild Africa. That is how ALARM-Africa was born.
Since its founding in 1994, ALARM-Africa has expanded into eight countries across east and central Africa (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda) with its head office in Nairobi, Kenya. All offices are staffed by well-trained, professional African men and women who act as local missionaries to their people. ALARM-Africa also has liaison offices in the United States and the United Kingdom.
ALARM-USA was registered in 1998 as a faith-based, non-profit organization [501 (c) (3)] that coordinates mission teams, ministers to partner churches, and raises funds to support programs and projects in Africa.
ALARM-UK is a UK based charity helping in peacebuilding, reconciliation, and micro-finance for widows and poor women in Africa. It is registered as Charity No. 1080076.
ALARM-Africa works to strengthen the African church to be an instrument of transformation in the community by focusing on three areas: Leadership Training, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation and Holistic Ministry. ALARM uses culturally sensitive and relevant curriculum, most of which is internally developed, to equip untrained church and community leaders and reconcile hurting communities.