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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; and Kigeme Camp in Nyamagabe District

People We Serve:
62,490 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 62,000 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
  • Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment
  • Livelihoods
  • Nutrition edication
  • Primary Health Care
  • Reproductive Health Care
  • Shelter and Infrastructure Construction 
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Environmental Protection

Operational Since: 1994 

ARC manages all four major refugee camps in Rwanda - Nyabiheke, Gihembe, Kiziba and Kigeme. A fifth camp in Mugombwa district will be added soon. We provide health care, water, construction, and sanitation services as well as programs combating gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS and environmental degradation.

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 2011, camp residents and ARC staff built the first playground in the refugee camps in Rwanda. They also built a tilapia pond in the camp with the goal of raising fish to feed members of the camp community suffering from anemia.

In 2012, ARC began engaging in environmental protection activities in all the camps in Rwanda, including land terracing to prevent erosion and tree nursery programs. In our health facilities, 28,376 refugees received services including maternal and child care, emergency obstetrics, family planning and treatment for sexually transmitted infection.

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.

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. ARC is building a new refugee camp in Mugombwa to accomodate more than 13,000 new Congolese refugees by mid-2014.

ARC is also in the process of launching programs in DRC. If conditions can stabilize there, prospects for repatriation will improve dramatically for the Congolese refugees in Rwanda. ARC is poised to help refugees return home in the event of peace in the DRC.

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