Maison Shalom in Rwanda

In Rwanda, Maison Shalom is registered as an international NGO, providing support to Burundian refugees allowing them retain their dignity while in exile, and preparing for a constructive return to the home country. We work towards this goal through four main programmes:

  1. Education – nursery and secondary school, university, professional trainings and language courses.
  2. Socio-economic – training in management of small projects, and providing micro-loans to solidarity groups.
  3. Psychosocial – psychological and social support;
  4. Cultural – drums, traditional and modern dances, drama;

According to data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, over 360,000 Burundian nationals have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, out of which around 68,000 are in Rwanda. https://data2.unhcr.org/en/situations/burundi

All of these refugees need to be able to access programs tackling the numerous issues they face, including:

  1. Prostitution of minors to survive;
  2. Petty crime among young people following idleness;
  3. Limited access to education;
  4. Physical and/or psychological traumas ;
  5. Insufficient means to satisfy their immediate needs;
  6. Cultural loss.