Rwanda is a small country in East Africa often called “the land of a thousand hills” because of the green rolling hills that fi ll the country. It gained its independence from Belgium in 1962 but in 1994 was the scene of a brutal genocide in which more than one million people were killed. The genocide crippled Rwanda’s already weak economy, and despite substantial progress, the majority of Rwandans still live in extreme poverty.
Population: 11.77 million
Area comparison: About half the size of Nova Scotia
Nearly eight times as many babies die during their first year of life in Rwanda compared to Canada.
More than 28 times as many women in Rwanda die from pregnancy-related causes compared to Canada.
Almost half of all children in Rwanda have stunted growth from malnutrition in their first two years of life.
More than one in four women in Rwanda give birth without the help of a skilled birth attendant.
63 percent of Rwandans live in extreme poverty— surviving on less than $1.25 USD a day.
BUT THIS CAN CHANGE
Disease control, prenatal care, breastfeeding promotion, immunization and sanitation programs are slashing rates of child and maternal mortality around the world. Since 1990, there are 17,000 fewer children dying each day!
AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS
The Child Survival Program in Rwanda will ensure babies and pregnant women receive the health care they need. Mothers will have the opportunity to learn about things like disease prevention and nutrition. They will also learn vocational skills to help support their families. And, best of all, families will be introduced to new life in the gospel of Jesus Christ.