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ARC Rwanda

Head Office: Kigali

Where ARC Works in Rwanda: Gihembe Camp in Gicumbi; Kiziba Camp in Karongi District; Nyabiheke Camp in Gatsibo District; Kigeme Camp in Nyamagabe District; and Mugombwa Camp in Mugombwa District

People We Serve:
70,821 Congolese refugees

Following the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, ARC established relief programs to rebuild the country's health structure and ease the repatriation of large numbers of refugees who had fled the violence.

Today, ARC works with more than 70,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - people who've been displaced by continuing violence and insecurity near their homes. As long as unsafe conditions in the DRC prevent refugees from returning home, ARC will continue to provide comprehensive services to Congolese families in the camps.

What ARC does in Rwanda:
  • Camp Management
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment
  • Livelihoods
  • Nutrition education
  • Primary Health Care
  • Reproductive Health Care
  • Shelter and Infrastructure Construction 
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Environmental Protection

Operational Since: 1994 

ARC manages all five major refugee camps in Rwanda - Nyabiheke, Gihembe, Kiziba, Kigeme and Mugombwa. We provide health care, water, construction, and sanitation services as well as HIV/AIDS and environmental degradation prevention. Livelihood activities started in June 2014 and include voluntary saving and loan associations (VSLA), vocational training, small business creation and support, cooperatives focusing on agricultural and small livestock farming.

ARC also manages successful income generation programs in the camps and hires and trains refugees wherever possible. The people living in these camps will be able to apply the skills they have learned to rebuild their lives when their return to the DRC becomes possible.

ARC Rwanda fact sheet


In 2013, ARC continued with environmental protection activities, planting trees and bamboo to prevent soil erosion and to provide economic opportunities for camp residents. With camp residents, we also built a rainwater harvesting system in Gihembe camp to provide the camp with additional water for daily use.

Perhaps ARC’s greatest achievement in Rwanda has come in relation to its work in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Since 2010, there has not been a single case of mother to child HIV transmission in any of ARC Rwanda’s areas of operation thanks to ARC programs, funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, focused on awareness, early monitoring, and the provision of cotrimoxazole prophlyaxis to infants born to HIV+ mothers.

Current Activities:

In 2014 and beyond, ARC will continue to provide essential health care, water and sanitation, infrastructure and income generation opportunities in the camps. 

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