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.

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.