Plan International has been operating in Rwanda since 2007.
We work with communities to change negative gender and social norms as well as legal and policy frameworks that hinder children’s full potential. We also call on decision makers, key actors and all duty bearers to join us in driving vital changes in the lives of children, especially girls.
Together with communities, we secure deep-rooted and long-lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives, with a focus on securing equal power, freedom and representation for girls.
We advance children’s rights in Rwanda by working in strategic partnerships, coalitions and networks with like-minded organisations. Our ambition, working together with our partners, is to support 2.2 million girls, 1 million boys and 400,000 young people to learn, lead, decide and thrive in an environment that respects their rights and empowers them with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about their lives.
We are present at national and local levels with a focus on the districts of Bugesera, Nyaruguru, and Gatisbo. We also work in 6 refugee camps across the country.
Our programmes are focused on issues that affect children, especially girls, in both development and humanitarian settings. The programmes are designed to suit each context but also to make lasting impacts in the communities we serve while promoting gender equality.
Our main programme areas include:
- Early childhood development
- Child protection
- Sexual and reproductive health and rights
- Improving communities’ resilience to disasters.
Our influencing work focuses specifically on ending teenage pregnancy and the inclusion of girls in the national research agenda.
Meet the refugee boys preventing violence against girls
We’re working with boys in Rwandan refugee camps to address discrimination and reduce violence against girls who are at greater risk during emergencies.
Promoting youth livelihoods to protect Burundian refugee youth
This case study describes an innovative youth livelihoods project that was implemented in Mahama refugee camp, Rwanda, to strengthen the resilience and protection of 400 young Burundian refugees between 18 and 30 years old.