U.S. Embassy, University of Nebraska Launch Higher Ed Fellowship

KIGALI, Nov. 23, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in Kigali and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln launched today the University Partnerships and Exchange (UPEX) Rwanda Program, an innovative fellowship that will provide mid-career administrators at Rwandan colleges and universities with a year of enrichment and practical training on university advancement and international partnerships. “We are proud to ... Read More»

Record Number of Rwandan Students in the United States after 11.8% Increase

A record number of Rwandan students — 1,444 — studied in the United States during the recently-completed 2019-20 academic year, according to official U.S. government data released today. The new all-time high level is an 11.8 percent increase over the previous year and places Rwanda as sixth highest among all sub-Saharan African countries. Rwanda trails ... Read More»

United States Donates More Medical Supplies To Fight Covid-19

Kigali—On Thursday, November 12, the United States donated more than 200 million Rwandan francs worth of medical supplies to Rwanda to protect doctors, nurses, other medical workers, and their patients from COVID-19.  U.S. Ambassador Peter H. Vrooman led a handover of a portion of the supplies at Nyamata Hospital, delivering boxes of N95 and surgical masks, surgical and non-surgical ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated: 11/12/2020 Country-Specific Information: Rwanda recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 14, 2020. At this time, Rwanda has resumed most business operations, including restaurants, hotels, shops and tourism operations. Bars remain closed. Schools are in the process of a phased reopening. National parks are open to visitors with a ... Read More»

USAID’s Isuku Iwacu Celebrates Bringing Sanitation Access to 500,000 Rwandans

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Irene V. Nambi, Communications & Outreach Specialist Email: virenam@gmail.com Four-Year USAID Isuku Iwacu Project Celebrates Brining Sanitation Access to 500,000 Rwandans Kigali (November 5, 2020) — Over the past four years (2016-2020), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID’s) Isuku Iwacu activity invested 10.5 billion RWF in highly successful measures ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity: U.S. Embassy Kigali PAS Annual Program Statement

The U.S. Embassy Kigali Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding. Please carefully follow all instructions provided in the Annual Program Statement ... Read More»

Video: Showcasing the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs

Rwanda was selected in 2019 to be one of only a few countries to pilot the White House’s new Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) training program called the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs program (AWE). Beginning in October 2019, 33 Rwandan women learned to grow their entrepreneurship skills to start or scale up their businesses, including ... Read More»

Peace Corps job announcement: Back up Peace Corps Medical Officer (PCMO)

Peace Corps in Rwanda is seeking an enthusiastic individual who is a team player and self-starter with moral integrity to fill the position of Back up Peace Corps Medical Officer (PCMO). BASIC FUNCTION Peace Corps Medical Officers (PCMOs) are the primary care providers for Peace Corps Volunteers. The back-up PCMO shall provide direct patient care, ... Read More»

Solicitation- Health Insurance Coverage for Locally Employed Staff

The Embassy of the United States of America in Kigali, Rwanda invites you to submit a proposal for locally employed staff health insurance coverage. The Embassy encourages prospective offerors to offer off-the-shelf plans that meet at least the minimum benefit levels required in this solicitation. The Embassy intends to conduct a pre-proposal conference on November ... Read More»

USAID Donates Vehicles To Rwanda For COVD19 Tracking and Tracing

The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated three 4×4 motor vehicles to the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) last week for the use of tracking and tracing contacts of those exposed to COVID-19. These vehicles, which were requested by the Government of Rwanda, will allow Rwanda to conduct more and ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Kinshasa Solicitation-Health Insurance for Locally Employed Staff

The American Embassy in Kinshasa invites you to submit a proposal for health insurance for health insurance coverage  for locally employed staff (including majority Congolese, but also American and third country nationals). The Embassy encourages prospective offerors to offer plans, including off-the-shelf plans. that meet or exceed the minimum benefit levels required in this solicitation. ... Read More»

Resumption of Notarial Services at U.S. Embassy

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda Location:   Kigali, Rwanda Event:  Resumption of Notarial Services at the U.S. Embassy The U.S. Embassy will resume limited appointments for notarial services beginning on Monday, September 21. Appointment capacity will be limited due to space constraints during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your preferred appointment ... Read More»

Ambassador Vrooman Announces New Medical Supplies Assistance in Kinyarwanda

Ambassador Vrooman Makes a Kinyarwanda Announcement: United States Donates Medical Supplies Worth 131 Million RWF to Fight COVID-19 Watch the full video at: https://youtu.be/q3y0MHTFTFU “Today the United States is donating 131 million RWF worth of protective medical supplies to healthcare facilities across Rwanda. These supplies are critical for Rwanda’s frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read More»

United States Donates Medical Supplies Worth 131 Million RWF to Fight COVID-19

Kigali—On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the United States donated 131 million Rwandan Francs worth of medical supplies to Rwanda to protect doctors, nurses, other medical workers, and their patients from COVID-19. Ambassador Vrooman led the U.S. donation of medical supplies including surgical masks, sterile and disposable gloves, protective boots, and top-of-the-line “N95” airborne-particle filtering respirators. ... Read More»

United States Donates Ventilators to Rwanda to Respond to COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 30, 2020 United States Donates Ventilators to Rwanda to Respond to COVID-19 Kigali – The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 100 new state-of-the-art ventilators to Rwanda to fight against COVID-19.  The donation delivers on President Trump’s generous offer of critically needed medical equipment ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Solicitation: Water Treatment Services

U.S. Embassy Kigali is requesting for the provision of water treatment maintenance services at the NEC Compound, U.S. Embassy, Kigali. The anticipated performance is for a base period of twelve months and two twelve-month option periods at the option of the Government. For complete details regarding this requirement go to https://marketplace.unisonglobal.com/ . Solicitation packages containing information ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity: English for American Spaces youth patrons

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY KIGALI, PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION Notice of Funding Opportunity Funding Opportunity Title:             English for American Spaces youth patrons Funding Opportunity Number:      PAS-RW-FY20-04 Deadline for Applications:               August 15, 2020 CFDA Number:                                19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Maximum for Each Award:            $15,000 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Kigali Public Affairs Section (PAS) of ... Read More»

USAID Commits 605 Billion RWF to Rwanda’s Development

KIGALI – On Thursday, July 2, 2020, the Government of Rwanda and the United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a five-year agreement to commit 605 Billion Rwandan Francs to Rwanda’s development efforts.  The commitment—detailed in a document called a Development Objective Grant Agreement (DOAG)—was signed at the offices ... Read More»

The State Department Releases the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo released the State Department’s 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report on June 25. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the TIP report and the introduction to the 2020 edition celebrates our progress in combating human trafficking. The goal of the report is to stimulate action and create partnerships around the ... Read More»

2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Rwanda

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of ... Read More»

All of America: Shooting Touch Cares for Teammates On and Off the Court

Shooting Touch is one of many U.S. citizens, organizations, and businesses helping to provide COVID-19 relief and response in Rwanda! We’re proud of everyone showing the generosity of the American people and the many partnerships between Rwanda and the United States. Watch the full video at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlppBM-PX_s  ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Our two countries cooperate together on public ... Read More»

All of America: Word Made Flesh Brings Food, Support to Rwandan Families

We are proud of the many U.S. citizens, organizations, and businesses that are making a difference in COVID-19 response and relief in Rwanda — including Word Made Flesh! See the full video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoQB4Oxh–0 ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Our two countries cooperate together on public health. And American citizens, organizations, and businesses are helping Rwandans fight coronavirus, too. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Location: Kigali, Rwanda Event:  Possible Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on June 13 The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 13th.  Passengers may be able to book onward flights from Washington, D.C.  If you are interested ... Read More»

All of America: MindLeaps Partners with Rwandan Families

We are happy to see MindLeaps partnering with Rwandan families, just part of the “All of America” fight against COVID-19 at home and around the world. Watch the full video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5bmPIIKyI8 ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Our two countries cooperate together on public health. And American citizens, organizations, and businesses are helping Rwandans fight coronavirus, too. Let’s listen ... Read More»

All of America: Rhoda Consulting Teams with Dufatanye

Our two countries cooperate together on public health. And American citizens, organizations, and businesses are helping Rwandans fight coronavirus, too. Let’s listen to one of these stories. Thanks to US$60,000 in donations from the United States and other countries, U.S.-based Rhoda Consulting helped local NGO Dufatanye provide emergency food and soap distributions to more than 5,000 households in Nyanza. This is more than 91 tons ... Read More»

All of America: Kids Play Int’l Supports Rwandan Families

Our two countries cooperate together on public health. And American citizens, organizations, and businesses are helping Rwandans fight coronavirus, too. Let’s listen to one of these stories. Kids Play International, established by a three-time U.S. Olympian, promotes gender equity through sport and the Olympic values in post genocide impacted countries. Due to COVID-19, the non-profit raised over US$9,000 ... Read More»

2021-22 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship: Call for Application

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This one-year, fully-funded scholarship program is offered to mid- career professionals working at the policy-level who have a record of leadership, a commitment to public service, and the initiative to take full advantage of a self-defined program of ... Read More»

All of America: Azizi Life Supports Artisans, Beekeepers

All of America: Azizi Life Supports Artisans, Beekeepers We are glad to see Azizi Life join the many U.S. citizens, organizations, and businesses helping Rwandans address the effects of coronavirus. The Pennsylvania-based non-profit partners with rural Rwandans to lift lives through fair trade. They raised more than $10,000 in online donations to support more than ... Read More»

All of America: Kate Spade New York Helps Protect Masoro

In coordination with local partner Abahizi Rwanda, U.S.-based life and style brand Kate Spade New York has shifted local production in Rwanda to face masks, while still continuing to produce handbags. Even better, the company has donated 24,000 masks to community members in Masoro. Murakoze cyane for joining the “All of America” fight against COVID-19! ... Read More»

All of America: Virunga Valley Academy Supports Musanze Families

We are proud to see  Virunga Valley Academy  join the “All of America” response to COVID-19, one of many American organizations helping out right here in Rwanda. Watch the full video at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOe1bwnPO6A . Kinyarwanda: Leta zacu ni abafatanyabikorwa mu bijyanye n’ubuzima. Kandi Abanyamerika, imiryango inyuranye n’ubucuruzi bunyuranye by’Abanyamerika barimo gufasha Abanyarwanda mu kurwanya Corona. Reka twumve inkuru imwe muri zo. Matt na ... Read More»

All of America: Parks Family Rallies Family, Friends to Support Rwandan Neighbors

Join us in thanking the Parks family, who rallied their network of family and friends back home to help support Rwandan families! Atlanta natives Erin and Colton Parks live and work in Kigali and collected donations from more than 100 people in the United States. Working with Rwandan friends and local government offices, they were ... Read More»

All of Amerca: Kula Project Supports Rwandan Coffee Farmers

We’re proud of Kula Project and all of the great “All of America” initiatives that are helping the people of Rwanda during this global pandemic! Atlanta-based  Kula Project  empowers Rwandan coffee farmers through business and leadership training since 2015. Thanks to an online fundraising campaign and an awarded food relief grant, Kula has worked with Kayonza, Gakenke, and ... Read More»

American Citizens, Organizations Support Rwandan People Through COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. EMBASSY KIGALI  PRESS RELEASE   FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION  May 29, 2020  Kigali, Rwanda     American Citizens, Organizations Support Rwandan People Through COVID-19 Pandemic  The global coronavirus pandemic is causing significant change around the world, but some things remain constant — including the generosity of the American people and the many partnerships between Rwanda and the United States. While the U.S. government has committed more than US$5 million to date in emergency funding in support of Rwanda’s COVID-19 response, private American citizens, ... Read More»

All of America: Impano Sportswear Makes Masks for Sport, Design

We are proud that the “All of America” fight against COVID-19 includes so many contributions from private citizens, organizations, and businesses. U.S.-owned Impano Sportswear has shifted its Kigali production line to face masks, in support Government of Rwanda guidance requiring cloth face masks in public. In addition to custom designs and branded masks, Impano is ... Read More»

All of America: TEACH Rwanda Supports Families in Muhanga

We are proud that the “All of America” fight against COVID-19 includes so many contributions from private citizens, organizations, and businesses. TEACH Rwanda is a Pennsylvania-based organization for American educators to help Rwandan preschool and primary teachers learn to use modern, research-based teaching methods. Their exemplary school in Muhanga, Bright School, includes many students from ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Congratulates Class of 2020!

U.S. Embassy Congratulates Class of 2020! U.S. Embassy Kigali is proud to congratulate the Class of 2020, the hundreds of hard-working Rwandan students graduating from great schools, colleges, and universities all around the United States this month. Watch the full video at: https://www.facebook.com/kigali.usembassy/videos/977049206068103/  To learn more about how you can follow in their footsteps, visit ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 20, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda  Event:   Tickets Still Available for Flight on May 23 Tickets are still available for the flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 23 at 15:25 with Ethiopian Airlines. Tickets will be sold on a first come, ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY KIGALI Notice of Funding Opportunity Funding Opportunity Title:  U.S.-Rwanda Training Program and Mentorship Exchange on University Advancement and International Partnerships Funding Opportunity Number: SRW-600-FY20-03 Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2020 CFDA Number: 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs Total Amount Available: $250,000 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Kigali of the U.S. Department ... Read More»

U.S. Government Supports Children to Learn From Home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Government Supports Children to Learn From Home KIGALI – The U.S Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is committed to ensuring that the over 3 million students currently out of school due to school closures are continuing to learn from home. In partnership with Rwanda Education Board ... Read More»

U.S. Contributes 47 Million RWF for Emergency Rain Damage Relief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Government Contributes 47 Million RWF for Emergency Rain Damage Relief KIGALI – On May 12, 2020, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Peter Vrooman authorized over 47 million RWF for immediate emergency response to destruction caused by heavy rain storms. The relief funds, funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, will aid families with needs identified by ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 27, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  191 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On April 26, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 191 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On April 25, the Rwandan National Police announced that you may now request permission for essential movements online.  For more information and to request permission for essential movements please visit this  website ... Read More»

New COVID-19 Funding Continues Strong U.S. Government Support

U.S. EMBASSY KIGALI PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION April 24, 2020 Kigali, Rwanda New Funding Continues Strong U.S. Government Support of Rwanda’s COVID-19 Response  The U.S. Embassy in Kigali announced today more than four million U.S. dollars in additional emergency funding for Rwanda’s COVID-19 response. These donations continue the U.S. government’s strong support of Rwanda’s public health sector and will expand ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Location:  Rwanda Event:  153 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On April 22, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 153 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On April 19, the government of Rwanda announced that face masks must be worn in public and in multi-family compounds. On April 17, the government of Rwanda announced an extension of existing measures designed to slow the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 14, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  127 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On April 13, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 127 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. There are still tickets available for the Ethiopian Airlines flight on Wednesday, April 15 and the Rwandair flight on Saturday, April 18. To book tickets with ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 13, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  126 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On April 12, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 126 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. Ethiopian Airlines has announced a flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with possible onward connections to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 15.  To inquire about ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 11, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Two flights departing Kigali on April 15 and April 18 Ethiopian Airlines has announced a flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with possible onward connections to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 15.  To inquire about this flight, please contact Aisha Kbamwa at  aishak@ethiopianairlines.com  or at +256-705-775-578 or Kizito ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 9, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Additional Tickets Available – Ethiopian Airlines Flight on Friday, April 10 at 12:50 pm Ethiopian Airlines will operate a larger plane for their flight a flight departing on Friday, April 10 at 12:50 pm from Kigali to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport/ADD) with a connection ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 8, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Flight Time Change – Ethiopian Airlines Flight on Friday, April 10 at 12:50 Ethiopian Airlines has announced a flight departing on Friday, April 10 at 12:50 from Kigali to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport/ADD) with a connection to Washington, D.C. (Dulles International Airport/IAD).  Please discuss connections from ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

April 7, 2020 Location:  Rwanda Event:  105 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On April 6, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 105 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. Please be advised that the CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, particularly where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. This updated recommendation is based ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 6, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Reminder – Ethiopian Airlines Flight on Friday, April 10 at 15:50 Ethiopian Airlines has announced a flight departing on Friday, April 10 at 15:50 from Kigali to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport/ADD) with a connection to Washington, D.C. (Dulles International Airport/IAD).  Please discuss connections from Dulles to ... Read More»

U.S. Announces US$1 Million in New COVID-19 Aid to Rwanda

April 5, 2020 The U.S. Embassy in Kigali is pleased to announce an additional US$1 million in assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost one billion Rwandan francs on top of the U.S. government’s existing support to Rwanda. U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Peter Vrooman and USAID Rwanda Mission Director Leslie Marbury highlight the strong ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 5, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Ethiopian Airlines Flight — Friday, April 10 at 15:50 Ethiopian Airlines has announced a flight departing on Friday, April 10 at 15:50 from Kigali to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport/ADD) with a connection to Washington, D.C. (Dulles International Airport/IAD).  From Dulles International Airport, additional connections to other ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 4, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  89 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On April 3, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 84 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. The Embassy continues to communicate with the airlines and expects to announce an additional flight departing from Rwanda soon.  If you wish to return to ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 3, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  84 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On April 2, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 84 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. The Embassy expects to announce an additional flight departing from Rwanda soon.  If you wish to return to the United States or think you may want ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 2, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  82 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On April 1, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 82 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On April 1, the government of Rwanda announced an extension of existing measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 until 23:59 on Sunday, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 1, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  75 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On March 31, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 75 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. The Embassy continues to be in contact with commercial airlines and expects to announce an additional flight departing from Rwanda this week.  If you wish ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 31, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event: Reminder – Email Embassy for Travel Information Alerts  The Embassy is continuing to discuss an additional flight with commercial airlines. To assist in these discussions, we need to know how many Americans want to return to the United States as soon as possible and where in ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 30, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  70 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On March 29, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 70 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On March 21, the government of Rwanda implemented measures for an initial period of two weeks to limit the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential movements ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 29, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  60 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On March 28, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 60 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On March 21, the government of Rwanda implemented measures for an initial period of two weeks to limit the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential movements ... Read More»

Correction: Visa Processing for Medical Professionals

Just to clarify information being shared here in Rwanda, the United States does NOT have a new recruitment channel for medical professionals to come to the United States. The Bureau of Consular Affairs recently posted a notice that medical professionals with an approved petition for a work or exchange visa are eligible for urgent visa ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 28, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  54 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On March 27, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 54 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On March 21, the government of Rwanda implemented measures for an initial period of two weeks to limit the spread of COVID-19. ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 27, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event: Reminder – Email Embassy for Travel Information Alerts  At this moment, we know of no upcoming commercial flights.  As we continue to discuss an additional flight with commercial airlines, we need to know how many Americans want to return to the United States as soon as ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 26, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event: Americans Seeking to Return to the United States  The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  for COVID-19.  We recognize this has been a challenging period for many Americans, particularly those of you seeking to return to the United States after the suspension of flights both ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 25, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Americans Still Planning to Depart? – Wednesday, March 25 Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  The Government of Rwanda suspended flights arriving in and departing from Kigali starting on March 20. At this point, we know of no additional commercial ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 25, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Airlines with Upcoming Departures from Kigali – Wednesday, March 25 U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available. Embassy Kigali is aware of only two airlines continuing operations at ... Read More»

Qatar Flight Available Wednesday, March 25

TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE March 24, 2020 The U.S. Embassy Kigali has helped to arrange a special flight departing Kigali International Airport for Doha on Wednesday afternoon, March 25 on Qatar Airways. Ticketing options will be visible and available very soon this afternoon, if not already. Any Americans of Lawful Permanent Residents who are interested in ... Read More»

Health  Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health  Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 21, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:   Government of Rwanda Announces New Restrictions Effective at 11:59 pm on March 21, the government of Rwanda has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Unnecessary movements outside the house are not permitted. All Employees should work from home, except for those providing essential ... Read More»

Travel Assistance after Suspension of Flights

March 20, 2020 The U.S. Embassy understands that the suspension of flights in and out of Kigali after March 20, 2020, will make it difficult for American citizens seeking to return to the United States. Airlines, including KLM, may be able to operate a very limited number of additional flights on an emergency basis. It ... Read More»

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel March 19, 2020 The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 18, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:  The Rwandan Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome ... Read More»

Government of Rwanda imposed travel restrictions

The Government of Rwanda has announced a suspension of all arriving and departing air travel starting at midnight on Friday, March 20, 2020, for an initial period of 30 days. The U.S. Embassy in Rwanda will provide more information as it becomes available from the Government of Rwanda. The Department of State has no higher ... Read More»

Routine Visa Services Cancelled

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus: As of Monday, March 16, 2020, the United States Embassy in Kigali is cancelling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 14, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  On March 14, the Rwandan Ministry of Health announced one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kigali. The City of Kigali has suspended all non-essential public gatherings, to include concerts and sporting events, and the Ministry of Health has urged all residents throughout the ... Read More»

Release of 2019 Human Rights Reports

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Location:  Worldwide, originating in China Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Visitors to Rwanda will undergo a health screening upon arrival at the airport or other ports of entry, and may be subject to additional screening and laboratory testing if they have ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Location: Rwanda Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert ... Read More»

US envoy on Rwanda’s transformation and why he is keen to learn Kinyarwanda

Peter Hendrick Vrooman, the US ambassador to Rwanda is one envoy that stands out for the love he has for Kinyarwanda. He usually uses some Kinyarwanda words when giving speeches in the country or during interviews with the media. “Ndiga buri munsi” (I learn every day) is one of his frequently mentioned statements. Sunday Magazine’s ... Read More»

Rwanda, Nebraska National Guard Begin Partnership in Africa

STUTTGART, Germany – The Nebraska National Guard and Rwanda began a new partnership during a signing ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda, Dec. 12, 2019, as part of the National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program. “State partnerships are integral to strengthening alliances, providing mutually beneficial training opportunities and enhancing defense security in Africa,” said Air Force Brig. ... Read More»

Ambassador Vrooman Swears In 69 New Peace Corps Volunteers

December 10, 2019 Kigali, Rwanda – U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Peter H. Vrooman swore in 69 new Peace Corps Volunteers Tuesday at the U.S. Embassy in Kacyiru. The Volunteers, who completed 12 weeks of intensive training including Kinyarwanda language training, will work in the health and education sectors to support the Government of Rwanda’s development goals. ... Read More»

Travel Advisory: Rwanda – Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

Travel Advisory: Rwanda – Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions Exercise normal precautions in Rwanda. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise Increased Caution in: The Rwanda-Burundi border due to armed conflict. The Rwanda-Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border due to armed conflict. Read the Safety and Security section on the ... Read More»

TechWomen 2020 Applications Now Open

The 2020 TechWomen application is now open! The application will close on 09:00AM PST (GMT-08:00), Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Selection Process TechWomen participants are selected based on the eligibility requirements below. Applications are reviewed by independent selection committees composed of industry leaders and regional experts. Semifinalists may be interviewed by United States Embassy personnel in their country of ... Read More»

Op-Ed: Rwanda and the U.S. fight HIV/AIDS together

Op-Ed: Rwanda and the U.S. fight HIV/AIDS together By Ambassador Peter H. Vrooman Published Thursday, November 28, 2019 The New Times (Kigali, Rwanda) Kigali – World AIDS Day this year marks a historic moment in the response to HIV/AIDS, as Rwanda gets closer to epidemic control. Rwanda has come an incredible distance in the past 15 ... Read More»

Rwandan Students in the United States Hits an All-Time High

Kigali – The number of Rwanda students attending U.S. colleges and universities hit an all-time high during the 2018-19 academic year, according to new data released this week. The 2019 Open Doors Report, released by EducationUSA as part of International Education Week, notes 1,292 Rwandan students in the United States last academic year, a 4.9 ... Read More»

Rwanda and the United States Hold Fifth Meeting of the U.S.-Rwanda TIFA Council

In their fifth meeting of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council, Rwanda and the United States discussed several mutually reinforcing strategic objectives to provide a mutually beneficial framework to guide the U.S.-Rwanda Trade and Investment relationship moving forward, including: (1) Maximizing the remaining years of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA); (2) ... Read More»

Ambassador Vrooman’s Remarks on Release of RPHIA Data

Remarks for Ambassador Peter Vrooman Rwanda Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment (RPHIA) Release Event Tuesday, October 22, 2019  « as prepared for delivery » Good afternoon. We are at a historic moment in the global HIV/AIDS response, reaching the last few miles on the road towards epidemic control. Rwanda is a global leader in the fight ... Read More»

Applications Open for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

Applications are being accepted for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) DEADLINE: December 9, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST What is the CADFP? The CADFP is a scholar exchange program for African higher education institutions to host a diaspora scholar for 14-90 days for projects in curriculum co-development, research collaboration and graduate student teaching ... Read More»

Security Alert — US Embassy Kigali

Event:  The Rwanda National Police informed the public of an October 19 grenade attack near the southwestern city of Kamembe along Rwanda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Four people suffered injuries following the attack. While there has been no claim of responsibility, armed groups operate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali

Event:  The Rwanda National Police informed the public on October 5 that a group of militants entered Rwanda the previous day and engaged in hostilities in northwestern Rwanda near Volcanoes National Park, killing approximately nineteen civilians and injuring five.  The area near Volcanoes National Park is now secure, according to police reports. Armed groups operate in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches Application for Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

U.S. Embassy Launches Academy for Women Entrepreneurs   Kigali – Monday, September 23, 2019   The U.S. Embassy in Kigali announces a call for applications for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a new Department of State initiative to support women entrepreneurs globally.  Through the academy, Rwanda women entrepreneurs aged 18-35 will receive personalized business ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Opens “Community Solutions Program” Exchange Application Period

Kigali –  September 20, 2019 The U.S. Embassy in Kigali is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the 2020 Community Solutions Program exchange. Applications are now open and will close on October 30, 2019. Selected candidates will travel to the United States for an intensive professional development exchange program from August ... Read More»

U.S.A. Now Accepting Online Applications for YALI 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship

Kigali –  September 12, 2019 The U.S. government is now accepting online applications for the Summer 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship and invites young Rwandan leaders aged 25-35 to apply for this exciting opportunity.  The fellowship will bring 700 of Africa’s most promising young leaders to top U.S. universities for a fully-funded six-week academic and leadership ... Read More»

Secretary of Health and Human Services Visits Rwanda

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) Secretary Alex M. Azar II visited Rwanda September 14-15, 2019, as part of a regional visit. HHS released the following press releases about his visit to the region: Secretary Azar to Lead U.S. Delegation to Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda Regarding Ebola Outbreak https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/09/09/secretary-azar-to-lead-u-s-delegation-to-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-rwanda-and-uganda-regarding-ebola-outbreak.html Secretary ... Read More»

Overcoming barriers to women’s economic participation

U.S. Department of State OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 This week the Department of State welcomes the 18 participants of the inaugural International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) “W-GDP: Overcoming Barriers to Women’s Economic Participation.” The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP), established by the White House and championed by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, is the ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Location:  Congo’s Nord-Kivu, Ituri, and Sud-Kivu Provinces Event:  To control the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Congolese authorities continue to establish health check points throughout the Nord-Kivu, Ituri, and Sud-Kivu Provinces, including in the cities of Goma, Beni, and Butembo and in Virunga National Park.  New checkpoints may be created with little notice. You ... Read More»

Chargé d’affaires Belinda Jackson Farrier Opens Shared Accord 2019

Remarks Given By Charge d’affaires Belinda Jackson Farrier Shared Accord 2019 – Opening Ceremony Wednesday, August 14, 2019 I am honored to join you today for the opening ceremony of Shared Accord 2019. I would like to thank the Government of Rwanda and the Rwanda Defense Force for hosting this exercise and for your long-standing ... Read More»

Two Hundred Students Complete U.S. Embassy’s English Access Program

Nyanza – Friday, July 19, 2019 Ambassador Peter H. Vrooman honored 200 students who completed the U.S. Embassy’s English Access Microscholarship Program at a graduation ceremony in Nyanza Friday. The English Access Program is a two-year program funded by the U.S. Embassy that provides students with 400 hours of supplementary English courses and educational activities. ... Read More»

United States Embassy celebrates 15 years of PEPFAR aid to Rwanda

Kigali – July 18, 2019 Réseau Rwandais des Personnes Vivant avec le VIH/SIDA (RRP+) hosted a film screening Thursday to celebrate 15 years of success by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Rwanda. PEPFAR has invested more than one billion U.S. dollars to treat and fight HIV/AIDS in Rwanda since ... Read More»

Ambassador Peter H. Vrooman Remarks at the PEPFAR 15th Anniversary Film Event

Good afternoon! Mwiriwe! I would like to thank the Réseau Rwandais des Personnes Vivant avec le VIH/SIDA (RPP+) and its chairperson, Sylvie Muneza, as well as Her Excellency Minister of Health, Diane Gashumba, and the Mayor of Nyarugenge, Kayisime Nzaramba, and others here.  Together, all of us will be able to fight discrimination and stigma, ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Location:  Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo Event:  On July 14, 2019, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported a confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease in the city of Goma in the province of North Kivu.  Over 2,500 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in health zones of Congo’s North ... Read More»

Inclusive education speech by Ambassador Peter H. Vrooman

Nyakubahwa Minisitiri na mwe mwese muri hano, Honorable Minister and others gathered here Mwaramutse. Good Morning. I am delighted to be here this morning to recognize your commitment to promoting the rights of people with disabilities and to improving learning for every child in Rwanda.  As the Minister just observed: “Disability does not mean inability.” ... Read More»

PSDAG Project Close out Speech by Ambassador Peter H. Vrooman

PSDAG Project Close out Speech by Ambassador Peter H. Vrooman 6/26/2019 – Marriott Hotel To our partners in government, cooperatives, and the Rwandan businesses who all made this activity a success: Thank you all for coming to this wonderful event. Abafatanya bikorwa, Leta y’u Rwanda, amakoperative, abashoramari, mwebwe mwafashije uyu mushinga kugera kuri byinshi, Mwakoze ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location: Uganda Event:On June 12, the Ugandan Ministry of Health announced three confirmed cases of Ebola in the Kasese District of western Uganda.  This is the first time that cases associated with the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which began in August 2018, have been identified outside the DRC.  There ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location:  Rwanda Event:  On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in North Kivu province. Since then, more than 1,900 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in multiple health zones of Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The CDC has ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Kigali announces the 2020-21 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This one-year, fully-funded scholarship program is offered to mid-career professionals working at the policy-level who have a record of leadership, a commitment to public service, and the initiative to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity: U.S. College Preparatory

UNITED STATES EMBASSY KIGALI-PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION                                 NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY   Office:                                                 Public Affairs Section Funding Opportunity Title:               U.S. College Preparatory Course Announcement Type:                        Grant Date Opened:                                     May 16, 2019 Deadline for Applications:                 June 14, 2019 Award Ceiling:                                                            U.S. $5,000 Award Floor:                                      U.S. $2,000 Submission: Proposals should be submitted by email to EducationUSAKigali@state.gov            ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Makerspace

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY KIGALI, PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION Notice of Funding Opportunity   Funding Opportunity Title:             U.S. Embassy Kigali PAS Makerspace partnership Funding Opportunity Number:      PAS-RW-FY19-02 Deadline for Applications:              June 30, 2019 CFDA Number:                                19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Total Amount Available:                 $ 10,000 Maximum for Each Award:            $ 10,000   PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location: Kigali, Rwanda Event: Multiple and long-lasting road closures and traffic delays are expected in Kigali from Friday, April 5 through Monday, April 8 in connection with Kwibuka 25 commemoration activities. Due to expected road closures, U.S. government employees have been advised to schedule their plans accordingly and use alternate routes to avoid delays. Actions ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Honors Three Rwandan Women of Courage

Kigali – Friday, March 29, 2019 The U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, Peter Vrooman, honored three Rwandan women today with the 2019 Rwandan Women of Courage award at an event at his home in celebration of Women’s History Month.  The three women — Christine Ashimwe, Dative Nakabonye, and Christine Mukeshimana — were selected from more than ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Nagy Champions U.S.-Rwanda Partnership at CMU-Africa

“The Enduring Partnership between the United States and Rwanda” Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs Tibor Nagy Carnegie Mellon University Africa, Kigali, Rwanda, March 11, 2019 (Remarks as Prepared for Delivery) Thank you for this wonderful welcome to Rwanda.  I spent most of my 32-year career as an American diplomat on ... Read More»

Travel Advisory: Rwanda – Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

Exercise normal precautions in Rwanda. If you plan to enter the Democratic Republic of the Congo, read the  Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel Advisory . Read the Safety and Security section on the  country information page . If you decide to travel to Rwanda: Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow ... Read More»

Call for Applications: 2020-2021 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2020-2021 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP), a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Two categories of grants are offered through ARSP: (1) ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location:  Rwanda Event:  On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in North Kivu Province. Since then, more than 500 confirmed cases have been reported in multiple health zones in eastern DRC. The Rwandan Ministry of Health has established procedures regarding ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location:  Nyamagabe District, Southern Province, Rwanda Event:  According to the Rwandan Ministry of Defense, unidentified assailants attacked three passenger vehicles in southern Rwanda on Saturday, December 15, 2018, killing two individuals and injuring eight. The Rwandan military reports that the area, which is near Nyungwe Forest, is now secure. As a long-standing practice, U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location:  Rwanda Event:  On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo reported an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in North Kivu Province. Since then, a significant number of both confirmed and probable cases have been reported in multiple health zones of Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The CDC ... Read More»

Ambassador Peter Vrooman Remarks at NCPD International Disability Day Event

Nyakubahwa Minisitiri w’Ubutegetsi bw’Igihugu Muyobozi w’Inama y’igihugu y’abafite ubumuga (NCPD) Bayobozi b’amashyirahamwe y’abafite ubumuga Banyacyubahiro muteraniye hano All protocols observed. Miriwe, Ngendeye ku nsanganyamatsiko y’uyu munsi ariyo “ ariyo, “Kuremera abafite Ubumuga, Kutabaheza no Kubaha Amahirwe nk’ay’abandi” [In keeping with the theme of this event, “Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality”,] Uyu ... Read More»

PEPFAR Rwanda 15th Anniversary videos

In 2019, we celebrate the 15th anniversary in Rwanda of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR. The generosity of the American people and our collective public health engagement has saved more than 16 million lives worldwide and brought us closer than ever to controlling the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

Ambassador Peter H. Vrooman Speech for Ministry of Health World AIDS Day Event in Musanze, Rwanda

Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba Governor of the Northern Province, Honorable Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi Director General of the Rwanda Biomedical Center, Dr. Jeanine Condo Banyacyubahiro muteraniye hano, Mwaramutse!  Today as we celebrate World AIDS Day, I can say with confidence and pride that by working together we have the ability to control ... Read More»

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 23, 2018 Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually. Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence. The United States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women ... Read More»

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Provides $100,000 for Nyamata Genocide Memorial

Nyamata – Wednesday, October 17, 2018 The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the award of an additional USD $100,000 grant (approximately 88. million RWF) from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation to the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG). This grant, which is the second phase of a partnership started in ... Read More»

Ambassador Vrooman Launches USAID “Ingobyi” Activity Supporting Maternal and Child Health

I am delighted to be here today to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of the USAID -funded Maternal and Child Survival Program, and the launch of our new Ingobyi activity. We’ve already heard from both of these important projects about their achievements and goals toward making sure that babies and mothers across Rwanda are treated with the ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Small Grant Signing Ceremony

On Monday, September 24, the U.S. Embassy in Kigali awarded four grants to cooperatives in Rwanda totaling $50,000 (RwF 44 million). These grants, made possible by the U.S. Department of State Ambassador’s Small Grants (ASG) Program, aim to support projects that boost entrepreneurship, economic development, and employment at the community level. This year’s grantees are ... Read More»

Diversity Visa Program Application Period Opening Soon!

The entry period for the 2020 Diversity Visa (DV) Program is October 3 through November 6, 2018. Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at: www.dvlottery.state.gov during the entry period. DV instructions also are available on the Department of State’s public webpage at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry/diversity-visa-instructions.html . As a reminder, there is no fee to enter the ... Read More»

Ambassador Vrooman Remarks at the Launch of USAID’s Feed the Future “Nguriza Nshore” Activity

Ambassador Vrooman Remarks at the Launch of USAID’s Feed the Future “Nguriza Nshore” Activity September 20, 2018 Kigali Convention Center Thank you for joining me this morning in launching the U.S. government’s new Feed the Future Nguriza Nshore activity. Our Feed the Future program has promoted agricultural-led economic growth in Rwanda over the past five ... Read More»

Ambassador Vrooman Remarks at the Closing of a Two-Week-Long Shared Accord 2018 Command Post Exercise

On behalf of the U.S. government, the U.S. Embassy, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State, I want to thank you all for participating and making Shared Accord 18 such a rewarding exercise. I also noticed that there are many invited guests, which include many Blue Helmets who have served in UN peacekeeping ... Read More»

Ambassador Vrooman Closes Two-Week-Long Shared Accord 2018 Command Post Exercise

The U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, Peter Vrooman, was the guest of honor August 28 at the closing ceremony of Shared Accord 2018 at the Rwandan Military Academy in Gako, Rwanda. Ambassador Vrooman was joined by the Rwandan Defence Forces Army Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Jacques Musemakweli, who presided over the closing ceremony of the ... Read More»

“Shared Accord” Multilateral Exercises Boost Peacekeeping Preparedness

Gako, RWANDA – Nearly 200 participants from 15 nations and three international organizations gathered for the U.S. Army Africa-led exercise Shared Accord 2018 at the Rwandan Military Academy August 14-30, 2018.   “This exercise will help enhance participant understanding of the U.N. conduct of peace operations,” Maj. Gen. Innocent Kabandana, Rwanda Defense Force exercise co-director ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location:  Rwanda Event:  The Democratic Republic of the Congo reports an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Province of North Kivu, which borders western Rwanda.  As of August 1, the DRC Ministry of Health reported 26 cases of fever with hemorrhagic signs, four of which have been confirmed positive for Ebola virus, and including 20 deaths. Ebola is ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity: U.S. College Preparatory Course

NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY Office:                                                Public Affairs Section Funding Opportunity Title:             U.S. College Preparatory Course Announcement Type:                       Grant Date Opened:                                    July 16, 2018 Deadline for Applications:               August 10, 2018 Award Ceiling:                                  U.S. $5,000 Award Floor:                                     U.S. $2,000 Submission:   All applications can be submitted electronically via ... Read More»

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Rwanda National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am honored to congratulate the people of Rwanda as they celebrate their nation’s independence on July 1 and their Liberation Day on July 4. Our two countries have long enjoyed a strong partnership based on a shared commitment to promoting peace and prosperity ... Read More»

2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

Every year our report focuses on a specific thing.This year’s report focuses on effective ways local communities can address human trafficking proactively and on how national governments can support and empower them. Local communities are the most affected by this abhorrent crime and are also the first line of defense against human trafficking. By engaging ... Read More»

Twelve Young Rwandan Leaders Left Kigali to Participate in the Fifth YALI Fellowship

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce that twelve dynamic and experienced young Rwandans departed Kigali today to attend the fifth Young African Leadership Initiative  Mandela Washington Fellowship.  They will join  700 other young African leaders for a six- week program, and will be hosted by 12 prestigious U.S. universities, followed by a conference in ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location: Ngoma, Kirehe, and Kyonza Districts, East Province, Rwanda Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kigali wishes to inform American citizens that the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture has recently confirmed an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in cattle in three districts of East Province: Ngoma, Kirehe, and Kyonza. RVF is a viral disease that primarily ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali: June 4, 2018

Location:  Kigali International Airport and all land borders between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kigali wishes to advise American citizens that, following a reported outbreak of Ebola virus in a remote northwestern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwandan authorities are conducting routine screenings of ... Read More»

2017 International Religious Freedom Report

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of ... Read More»

USAID Launches Hinga Weze – A New 28 Billion RWF Agricultural Growth Project

Nyamata—On April 26th, 2018 the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new 28 Billion RWF project to support agricultural growth and resiliency across Rwanda. The project, called Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze, will be implemented over five years in 10 districts across Rwanda. Hinga Weze will work directly with over 200,000 ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. Embassy in Kigali Notice of Funding Opportunity Office:       Political-Economic Section Funding Opportunity Title:   Rwanda:  Ambassador’s Small Grants Program (ASG) former Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program Announcement Type:             Fixed Amount Award Funding Opportunity No.:    DOS-RWANDA-PE-2018-02 Date Opened:                         April 25, 2018 Deadline for Applications:     June 25, 2018 Award ... Read More»

2017 Human Rights Country Reports

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights  and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in ... Read More»

Commemoration of the 24th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC April 7, 2018. We stand today with the people of Rwanda in commemorating the 1994 genocide during which more than 800,000 men, women, and children were brutally murdered. On this solemn occasion, we remember those who lost their lives and honor the courage of ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) announce an open competition for organizations to submit applications to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) and Rwandan citizens to actively engage in the government budget process and advocate for improved fiscal transparency.  Please find ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Honors Three Rwandan Women of Courage

As part of Women’s History Month, on March 23, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Richard Michaels honored three Rwandan women at an event at the U.S. Embassy.  The three women, selected from over one thousand nominations submitted by U.S. Embassy Kigali’s 40,085 Facebook fans, were recognized with the Embassy’s fourth annual Rwandan Women of Courage award for ... Read More»

2018 International Women of Courage Award Recipients Announced

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan to Honor Awardees on March 23; Special Remarks by First Lady of the United States Melania Trump On Friday, March 23, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will host the annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards at the U.S. Department of State to honor 10 extraordinary ... Read More»

Tillerson: ‘Africa is the future’

On the eve of his first official visit to sub-Saharan Africa, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out a new framework for U.S.-Africa relations that will help lead Africa to a “place of prosperity and freedom in the 21st century.” Tillerson will visit five countries — Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria — during his ... Read More»

2019-2020 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP)

The U.S. Embassy Kigali is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2019-2020 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP), a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). PROGRAM INFORMATION: Two categories of grants are offered in ... Read More»

Call for Application: 2019 Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The U.S. Embassy Kigali is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, the largest Fulbright program, designed primarily to strengthen African universities through higher degree training (Master’s degree).  Although core Fulbright Exchanges are with universities, candidates who are affiliated with other educational, cultural, or professional institutions may apply. Interested applicants ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles at MindLeaps Girls Lead Performance

Mwiriwe! Good Afternoon! Thank you, ladies, for your beautiful and moving performances and speeches. Let’s give them another round of applause. And thank you Sifa, Solange, and Hasha for sharing with us your remarkable testimonies. Your ability to overcome the difficulties you have faced, and how you found hope and the resilience to reach for ... Read More»

Call for Applications for 2018 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA)

The U.S. Embassy Kigali is pleased to announce the 2018 competition for the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA), a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), administered by the International Research & Exchanges (IREX). Fulbright TEA brings international teachers to the United States for a six-week program ... Read More»

Nomination for the Fourth Rwanda Woman of Courage Award

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Rwanda Woman of Courage Award. This annual award recognizes women from around the country who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment in Rwanda. The first U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda visited a U.S. Government-funded Project to combat Malnutrition

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles visited Ruvugizo Village in Kinazi sector in Huye on December 5 to promote U.S. government-funded activities to combat malnutrition.  During her visit, the Ambassador observed Growth Monitoring Promotion activities conducted at the village level along with Positive Deviance Hearth activities, which focus on identifying good behaviors practiced by ... Read More»

World AIDS Day: Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability and Partnerships

Op-Ed By Erica Barks-Ruggles, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda. In celebration of World AIDS Day, I can say with confidence and pride that by working together we have the ability to control the HIV epidemic in Rwanda by 2020. This last mile, however, is going to take even greater leadership, unwavering commitment, and our collective focus ... Read More»

World AIDS Day and Tour du Rwanda Concert: Chargé d’Affaires Rich Michaels Remarks

Muraho!  Amakuru?? Abajeunes mumeze fresh?? How is everyone feeling tonight?  Are you excited to see some more great performances?  A big thanks to all our partners for being here since early this morning to provide you free health services and information.  How many of you have visited the various health booths here today?  Let’s give ... Read More»

Opening Remarks for Ambassador Barks-Ruggles; World AIDS Day Journalist Briefing

Mwaramutse.  Good morning.  I’d like to start by thanking all of you for joining us here today as we gear up to recognize World AIDS Day on December 1st.  I am always happy to talk about the great partnership the U.S. Embassy has with Rwanda to end the HIV epidemic; particularly our work with the ... Read More»

Important Notice Regarding the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery

Due to a technical issue, the current registration period for Diversity Visa-2019 is being extended to Wednesday, November 22, 2017, and all enrollments made prior to October 18, 2017, must be resubmitted. Applicants who entered the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery before Wednesday, October 18, 2017, will NOT be considered and MUST submit another entry prior ... Read More»

Promoting Economic Development through the Ambassador’s Small Grants (ASG) Program.

On Friday, September 29, the U.S. Embassy in Kigali awarded four grants to cooperatives in Rwanda totaling $50,000 (42 million RWF).  These grants, made possible by the U.S. Department of State Ambassador’s Small Grants (ASG) Program, aim to support projects that boost entrepreneurship, economic development, and employment at the community level. This year’s grantees are ... Read More»

U.S. Government Contributes 42 million RWF for Emergency Rain Damage Relief

On September 30th, 2017, the United States Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks-Ruggles authorized over 42 million RWF for immediate emergency response to destruction caused by September’s heavy rain storms. The relief funds will aid families whose needs were identified by the Government of Rwanda’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR). The aid was ... Read More»

DCM’s Remarks for Indego Africa Graduation Ceremony

Honorable Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs for the Republic of Rwanda, Jeanne d’Arc De Bonheur Ladies and Gentlemen; all protocols observed – Good morning.  Mwaramutse. I am here today to honor the 50 graduates of the Indego Africa program that the U.S. Embassy had the privilege to support through our Julia Taft Fund.  ... Read More»

U.S.-African Partnerships: Advancing Common Interests

Introduction Good morning. Thank you President Lindborg for your very kind and generous introduction. To you and to Ambassador Carson I am grateful for the invitation to participate in this important and timely symposium. It is always a pleasure to cross 23rd street and leave behind the 1950s federal architecture of the State Department for the ... Read More»

CDC is celebrating 15 years in Rwanda

This year we celebrate 15 years of CDC’s work in Rwanda. During the early years, HIV disease surveillance was the cornerstone of CDC’s service mission to the Rwandan government. Over time CDC-Rwanda’s commitment and dedication to improving HIV disease surveillance made a positive impact on HIV/AIDS care and treatment. Read more: http://bit.ly/CDCinRwanda     Read More»

Ambassador Barks-Ruggles Remarks for American Corner Kigali at AUCA Official Opening

Ambassador Barks-Ruggles Remarks for American Corner Kigali at AUCA Official Opening Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 12:00 Rector Dr. Benson, Vice Rector Dr. Claver, representatives of the Ministry of Education and the Rwanda Education Board, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to have the opportunity to officially open the American Corner Kigali at Adventist University ... Read More»

2016 International Religious Freedom Report

America’s promotion of international religious freedom demands standing up for the rights of the world’s most vulnerable populations.   The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of ... Read More»

Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles Independence Day Speech

Good evening – Mwiriwe! Thank you for joining us this evening to celebrate the 241st anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.   I want to especially thank our guest of honor, The Honorable Minister Francois Kanimba for joining us in our celebrations this evening. Minister of Trade and East African Affairs, Hon. ... Read More»

Fifteen Rwandan Leaders selected for the fourth YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce that 15 dynamic and experienced young Rwandans, have been invited to participate in the fourth annual Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative. It is composed of academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador hosted an interfaith Iftar to observe Ramadan

On June 6, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles,  hosted an interfaith Iftar to observe Ramadan and honor the Muslim community in Rwanda. Around 120 guests representing prominent members of the Muslim community, other religious, government, and civil society leaders, and Embassy staff responded to the invitation. Deputy Mufti Sheikh Swaleh Nshimiyimana was the ... Read More»

USAID Launches a 17.2 Billion RWF Program to Boost Youth Employment

On June 13th, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a 17.2 billion Rwandan Franc initiative, called Huguka Dukore, to train 40,000 Rwandan youth in workforce readiness skills by 2021. USAID hosted a launch event for Huguka Dukore at the Kimisagara Youth Empowerment for Global Opportunities (YEGO) Center in Kigali, Rwanda. Attendees included Government ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson: On the Occasion of Ramadan

On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection.  Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to gather and give charity to those who are less fortunate.  This ... Read More»

Secretary’s Remarks: World Press Freedom Day

Secretary’s Remarks: World Press Freedom Day Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2017 Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, ... Read More»

World Malaria Day Op-Ed: Ending Malaria is a Sound Investment

              Today is World Malaria Day, a time to celebrate all of the progress we’ve made in fighting this deadly disease, and an opportunity to recommit ourselves to eliminating it once and for all. Since 2000, the global fight against malaria has taken a truly historic turn. The World ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy in Kigali Remembers 26 Employees

Employees of the U.S. Embassy in Kigali held a memorial ceremony to honor 26 Mission employees who lost their lives during the genocide. Over 200 people participated in the event, including employees from the U.S. Department of State, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Defense and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Kigali interview with Diane Kayiteta Kayitare

One on one Interview with Diane Kayiteta Kayitare as U.S. Embassy Kigali remembers the 26 U.S. Mission employees who lost their lives during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda (https://rw.usembassy.gov/employees-remember/ ). Diane Kayiteta Kayitare is a surviving daughter of a former Mission employee, victim of the Genocide. Read More»

Commemoration of the 23rd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC April 7, 2017 On this solemn day, the United States stands side-by-side with the Rwandan people in remembrance of the more than 800,000 men, women, and children killed in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. We bow our heads honoring those who suffered and the family members ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Honors Three Rwandan Women of Courage

On March 22, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles honored three Rwandan women at an event held at her residence to celebrate Women’s History Month.  The three women, selected from nominations submitted by U.S. Embassy Kigali’s 40,085 Facebook fans, were recognized with the Embassy’s third annual Rwandan Women of Courage awards for their exceptional ... Read More»

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 – Rwanda

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY         Rwanda is a constitutional republic dominated by a strong presidency. The ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led a governing coalition that included four smaller parties. In 2010 voters elected President Paul Kagame to a second seven-year term with 93 percent of the vote. Three other registered political parties participated in the presidential election. ... Read More»

Rwanda’s National Center for Blood Transfusion Attains International Standards 

On February 10th, 2017 at a ceremony co-officiated by U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, Erica Barks-Ruggles; Hon. Minister for Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba; and Africa Society of Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) President of the Board of Governors, Dr. Gabriel Muyinda; Rwanda’s National Center for Blood Transfusion (NCBT) has awarded the highest – Level 3 – international standards ... Read More»

USAID Invests Over 68 Billion Rwf to support Kinyarwanda literacy

KIGALI – On February 16, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) held a launch event at Groupe Scolaire Kinyinya to highlight the U.S. government’s Early Grade Reading Project, which aims to improve the Kinyarwanda reading skills of one million children over the next four years. The Early Grade Reading Project is implemented in ... Read More»

Handover ceremony of the AMEP Medical Modeling and Simulation Project

Ambassador Barks-Ruggles, Erica’ speech on the Handover ceremony of the Africa Military Education Program (AMEP) Medical Modeling and Simulation Project. Tuesday, February 7th, 2016 Rwanda Military Hospital, Kanombe ———————————————- Good morning!  All protocols observed.  Thank you for making this Medical Modeling and Simulation (MMS) center a huge success.  This project represents our strong partnership in supporting peacekeeping.  ... Read More»

Recognizing Rwandan Women of Courage

Announcement:  International Women’s Day is approaching and the U.S. Embassy wants to hear about your heroes! Please send us a Facebook message or e-mail to KigaliPublicAffairs@state.gov by February 28 telling us about a Rwandan woman who inspires you by her courage and commitment to make her community a better place.  She could be a teacher, doctor, ... Read More»

Trump honors African Americans

February is National African American History Month. President Trump issued the following proclamation to commemorate the role African Americans have played in U.S. history: NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As we celebrate National African American History ... Read More»

Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

By Christopher Connell –  Feb 1, 2017 Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won ... Read More»

On World AIDS Day:  Leadership, Commitment, Impact

Today, December 1, in celebration of World AIDS Day, I can say with confidence and pride that by working together we have the ability to end AIDS in Rwanda.  This last mile, however, is going to take even greater leadership, unwavering commitment, and our collective focus to ensure every dollar invested in the fight against ... Read More»

Impact Story: PEPFAR PMTCT Case Study

Jacqueline is an HIV-positive Rwandan woman who is married with three children – all HIV free. However, this is not Jacqueline’s first family.  When she was still in secondary school, she married and gave birth to two children.  After a few years, both children died, followed by their father.  Jacqueline was devastated to have lost her ... Read More»

President Obama delivers a statement on the 2016 election

President Obama addressed the nation on the next steps we can take to come together as a country and ensure a peaceful transition of power. THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.  Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video that some of you may have seen in which I said to the American people:  Regardless ... Read More»

28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

Remarks by SecretaryJohn  Kerry at the Plenary of the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Convention Center, Kigali, Rwanda October 14, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good afternoon everybody. I want to begin by thanking the president of this Meeting of the Parties, Minister Biruta, and the Government of Rwanda for the terrific job ... Read More»

2016 YALI Fellows Share Their Experience of America

Rwanda’s Young Leaders Share Their Experience of America Kigali – October 13, 2016 U.S. Embassy Kigali is pleased to share the stories of promising young Rwandans who recently returned from the 2016 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship.  Applications are currently open for young Rwandans interested in participating in the Summer 2017 Fellowship. ... Read More»

Secretary of State Kerry to Travel to Rwanda

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Kigali, Rwanda, from October 13-14, 2016, to join EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and others in striving to achieve U.S. climate and environmental goals at the upcoming Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is widely regarded ... Read More»

Agriculture Land Information System Launch

Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles speech at the Agriculture Land Information System Launch October 11, 2016, 1:30-3:10 PM Hotel des Milles Collines, Kigali, Rwanda Honorable Minister of State in Charge of Agriculture, Fulgence Nsengiyumva, CEO of Rwanda Agriculture Board, Bill Kayonga, CEO of Private Sector Federation, Mr. Stephen Ruzibiza, Acting Head of Investment Promotion for the ... Read More»

2014 YALI Fellows Share Their Experience of America

 Marcel Mutsindashyaka My name is Marcel Mutsindashyaka, at 25 I am the founder and CEO of UMUSEKE IT LTD, a media and IT company running the second most popular news website in Rwanda. I am survivor of the genocide of 1994 against Tutsis and orphan since then. Knowing that media was one of the key ... Read More»

2015 YALI Fellows Share Their Experience of America

 Jean Paulin Mutatsineza has two  years’ experience in educational  NGO management, and is both a  project manager and board member  of Rwanda Education Assistance  Program, an NGO that is dedicated  to enhancing educational and  vocational opportunities for  vulnerable youth in rural public  schools in Rwanda. Jean Paulin has  initiated and successfully managed  various projects including ... Read More»

Julia Taft Refugee Grant

Julia Taft Refugee Grant The U.S. Embassy awarded a $25,000 grant to support vocational and business training for female refugees in the Mahama Refugee Camp in Eastern Province, Rwanda. The grant is made possible by the U.S. Department of State Julia Taft Refugee Fund and will be implemented by the non-profit organization Indego Africa. Through ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks for the Special Self Help Fund Grant Signing

Good afternoon. Thank you for joining me here today for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund Grant Signing Ceremony .  I want to thank Mr. Apollo Munanura, Director General for the Rwanda Cooperative Agency for being here today.  I am excited to join with you as we welcome nine (9) new cooperatives to the list of 171 Self-Help grant recipients since 1999.  These ... Read More»

Special Self-Help Fund Grant Signing Ceremony

On Tuesday, September 20, the U.S. Embassy awarded nine grants to cooperatives in Rwanda totaling $50,000 (40 million RWF).  These grants, made possible by the U.S. Department of State Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Fund, aim to support projects that are initiated at the community level, encourage community participation, and improve living conditions in the community. ... Read More»

The new African-American History Museum [video]

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open September 24 in Washington, but wherever you are, you can take a look now. The newest addition to the Smithsonian Institution has nearly 3,000 objects and 12 exhibitions, along with 183 videos, to tell the story of America through the African-American lens. President Obama will deliver remarks at the dedication ceremony. He ... Read More»

5th Annual “Everybody Reads Rwanda” Campaign

The U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Launches the 5th Annual “Everybody Reads Rwanda” Initiative   On September 15, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks-Ruggles launched the Embassy’s 5th Annual Everybody Reads Rwanda Campaign.  On hand for the campaign launch was Ministry of Education Director of Cross-Cutting Programs Sylvie Uwimbabazi, U.S. Embassy officials, educators, civil society ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Matthew Roth

Matthew Roth arrived in Kigali, Rwanda as Deputy Chief of Mission in August 2016.  He was most recently the Chair for Diplomatic Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  In this role he advised the Commandant on foreign policy and taught courses on national security and international affairs.  ... Read More»

Accident Involving U.S. Embassy Vehicle

The U.S. embassy community extends its deepest condolences to the families of the two children who died in a tragic accident involving an official embassy vehicle on 14 August, 2016.  We know the loss of any family member is hard, but it is especially difficult to lose a child.  Ambassador Barks-Ruggles personally visited the families ... Read More»

New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn In for Rwanda’s First 1000 Days Initiative

Kigali – U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks-Ruggles swore in 26 new Peace Corps Volunteers today at her residence in Kacyiru. These Volunteers will work in Rwanda’s health sector,  becoming part of the Rwandan Government’sFirst 1000 Days Initiative.  Following today’s ceremony, the Volunteers will travel outside of Kigali to the villages and health centers in ... Read More»

Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles Independence Day Speech, July 8, 2016

Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Janine Kambanda– thank you for joining us this evening to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.  Thank you also to all the other members of the Rwandan government in attendance tonight: Minister of Trade and Industry, Francois Kanimba Minister of State in the Ministry of ... Read More»

Letter From Secretary Kerry about the Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 (June 30, 2016)

Dear Reader: If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks on the Inauguration Ceremony for Kivuwatt Power Plant

Your Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; Honorable Minister of Infrastructure James Musoni; President and CEO of ContourGlobal Joseph Brandt; Country Director of ContourGlobal Jarmo Gummerus Governor of Western Province Caritas Mukandasira Mayor of Karongi District Francois Ndayisaba Local Officials, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, all Protocols Observed. I am very honored ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry’s remarks on the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights

John Kerry Press Briefing Room Washington, DC SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. Thanks for being here. I’m going to make a statement and I have to run from here to an NSC meeting on a number of issues, so forgive me if I dash out of here. I’m not trying to avoid you, but Tom ... Read More»

Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles Remarks for the 22nd Genocide Commemoration at the U.S. Embassy

Mwiriwe (Good Afternoon). Director General of the Research and Documentation Center on the Genocide at the National Commission for the Fight against the Genocide, Dr. Jean Damascene Gasanabo, Representative of the Ibuka Association, Second Vice President Freddy Mutanguha, Survivor orphans, Widows, Relatives, Friends of our fallen colleagues, U.S. Embassy colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen I am ... Read More»

U.S. Mission in Kigali Remembers

The local employees’ association of the U.S. Mission in Kigali held a memorial ceremony on Wednesday, April 13 and a Walk to Remember on Friday, April 15 to honor the 25 Mission employees who lost their lives during the 1994 genocide. Rwandan employees of the U.S. Department of State, USAID, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ... Read More»

Statement by John Kerry: Commemoration of the 22nd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

Commemoration of the 22nd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda We stand today with the people of Rwanda in paying tribute to the more than 800,000 men, women, and children who were savagely murdered in the Rwandan genocide twenty-two years ago. We grieve for those innocent lives lost, for the families and friends who ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the 22nd Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda

Statement by the President on the 22nd Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda Twenty-two years after the genocide, we stand with the people of Rwanda to commemorate the more than 800,000 men, women, and children whose lives were lost during 100 days of unspeakable violence. We honor not just the victims but also those who ... Read More»

Yellow Fever Vaccination Required for Entry into Rwanda

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali wishes to remind travelers to Rwanda that proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry. Due to a recent yellow fever outbreak in Angola, Rwandan immigration officials now require un-vaccinated air travelers  over the age of one year to obtain a vaccine upon entry at the airport (cost $40 ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Announces USD $19,970 Grant to Promote STEM Education; Mentorship for Rwandan Girls

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles today announced the award of a $19,970 grant to support mentorship and opportunities for adolescent girls to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The grant, made possible through the U.S. Department of State’s Mission Driven Alumni Outreach fund, will be implemented by Rwandan alumnae of ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador’s Remarks at the Inauguration Ceremony for Culligan International’s Nzove Water Treatment Plant

Your Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, Honorable Minister of Finance Ambassador Claver Gatete Honorable Minister of Infrastructure James Musoni WASAC CEO James Sano Culligan East Africa and Central Asia (EACA) CEO Beyhan Nakiboglu and Senior Vice President Laurence Bower Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, all Protocols Observed. I am very honored ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Honors Rwandan Women of Courage on International Women’s Day

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles honored three Rwandan women today at a tea held at the U.S. Embassy to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The women were chosen from nominations submitted by U.S. Embassy Kigali’s 33,000 Facebook fans to receive the Embassy’s 2016 Rwandan Women of Courage award for their inspiring example of leadership ... Read More»

Possible Demonstrations in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Embassy Kigali is repeating the security message issued by Embassy Kinshasa on February 12, 2016. The U.S. Embassy has received reports that opposition groups have called for a non-confrontational “ville morte” (general strike) on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 throughout the country. Opposition groups are concerned about the possible delay of national elections scheduled to be held ... Read More»

Statement From U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on Visit to Rwanda

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today made the following statement about her visit to Rwanda, which is taking place from January 27-28, 2016. “Today I am joined in Kigali by the group of senior executives who comprise the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. Their charge is to provide recommendations to President ... Read More»

Reaction to Rwandan President’s Decision To Run for Third Term

Press Statement John Kirby Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC January 2, 2016 The United States is deeply disappointed that President Paul Kagame has announced his intention to run for a third term in office. With this decision, President Kagame ignores an historic opportunity to reinforce and solidify the democratic institutions the Rwandan people ... Read More»

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Rwandan Constitutional Referendum

The United States is disappointed that a referendum was called on short notice to amend the Rwandan constitution and introduce exceptions to term limits. While we commend the people of Rwanda for peacefully exercising their civic rights, we regret that the arrangements for the referendum failed to provide sufficient time and opportunity for political debate ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry on World AIDS Day 2015

Statement by Secretary Kerry on World AIDS Day 2015 On World AIDS Day, we recognize the millions of people impacted by HIV/AIDS – the lives lost and the families forever torn apart by this disease. We also acknowledge the heroic and life-saving work of partners from governments, the private sector, civil society, and faith-based organizations ... Read More»

Extra Visa Pages for U.S. Passports No Longer Issued Effective January 1, 2016

Beginning January 1, 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda will no longer add visa pages into U.S. passports, in compliance with worldwide Department of State policy as announced on travel.state.gov .  Previously, U.S. passport holders had the option to pay for the insertion of additional visa inserts when valid passports lacked adequate space for entry or exit ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Violence and Disturbing Rhetoric in Burundi

The United States is alarmed by the escalating violence in Burundi and dangerous, irresponsible rhetoric on the part of the government, loyalist militias, violent anti-government forces and criminal elements. The United States will support the region and our partners in the international community so that those who commit or incite violence are held accountable. We are ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Welcoming Speech for iPAD Opening Ceremony

Honorable Minister of Infrastructure James Musoni, Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, CEO of Rwanda Energy Group, Zelda Weitz, Chief Operating Officer for Symbion Power, USA, fellow diplomatic colleagues, distinguished guests, Good Morning.   Mwaramutse and Karibu!  As I know I will have forgotten someone I would like to lean on my favorite phrase here in Rwanda – All ... Read More»

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch remarks at the 84th Interpol General Assembly, Kigali, Rwanda

Thank you, President [Mireille] Ballestrazzi, for that kind introduction – and for your tireless work to foster greater cooperation among the world’s law enforcement agencies.  Thank you also to Secretary General [Jürgen] Stock for your leadership at Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) and your dedication to justice.  My thanks as well to my colleagues from ... Read More»

Immigrant Visa Processing Returns to Kigali

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that as of October 1, 2015, immigrant visa cases for residents of Rwanda will be processed from the Embassy in Kigali. Beneficiaries of immigrant visa petitions and winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery who reside in Rwanda will no longer be required to travel to Nairobi for visa ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens on the Border with Democratic Republic of Congo: Possible Demonstrations on Tuesday, September 15

Embassy Kigali is repeating the below security message issued by Embassy Kinshasa on September 14, 2015, regarding possible protest activity in Goma and Bukavu.  The U.S. Embassy has received reports that anti-government demonstrations are being planned for the morning of September 15, 2015.  The demonstration may take place in the vicinity of Sainte Therese, a ... Read More»

South African Entry Regulations for Children

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda informs U.S. citizens who intend to travel to South Africa about immigration regulations concerning the entry and exit of children from South Africa, which went into effect on June 1, 2015.  All travelers should visit the South African Department of Home Affairs website and check the latest requirements with the nearest South African embassy or consulate ... Read More»

Constitutional Reform Commission

Constitutional Reform Commission Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 4, 2015 The United States notes with concern the decision by Rwanda’s Parliament and President Paul Kagame to establish a Constitutional Reform Commission that may amend or remove executive term limits and permit President Kagame to seek a third term in 2017. We ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation to Provide Training for Conservation Efforts at Nyamata Genocide Memorial

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the award of a USD $87,000 (approximately 63.5 million RWF) grant from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation to the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG). This grant will provide training to local Rwandan experts in artifact and structural conservation at Nyamata genocide memorial.  While ... Read More»

Urgent Need for Political Dialogue in Burundi

Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 20, 2015 Today’s inauguration in Burundi demonstrates the ruling party’s intent to ignore the voices of its people in pursuit of its own political agenda.  An inauguration – without a government that represents the population’s many political voices and without a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue – ... Read More»

International Envoys Call for Restraint and Urge Resumption of Dialogue in Burundi

Nairobi, 12 August 2015 – The ongoing political impasse and instability in Burundi call for restraint, leadership, and vision from all concerned citizens of Burundi to prevent further violence. We condemn the recent attacks and commend those calling for calm. Following months of unrest and the controversial electoral process, the Burundian government can begin to ... Read More»

Announcement of the Return of the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program in Rwanda

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and United Nations World Food Program (WFP) World Food Program Regional Director Valerie Guarnieri, announced an award for future partnership to provide food-aid in Rwandan schools.  The award signing was witnessed by United States Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles and the Rwandan Minister of Agriculture Gerardine Mukeshimana. ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles on U.S. Independence Day

Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles Independence Day Speech, July 9, 2015 Minister Mushikiwabo – thank you for joining us this evening to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America. Honorable Ministers, Members of Parliament, Permanent Secretaries, other colleagues from the Government of Rwanda, fellow members of the diplomatic corps, leaders ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary of State, John Kerry on Rwanda National Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC July 1, 2015 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Rwanda on the 53nd anniversary of your independence on July 1. On this day, we recognize Rwanda’s many achievements since its independence. Rwanda is widely recognized ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Concerned by Indefinite Suspension of BBC Kinyarwanda Service

U.S. Embassy Kigali June 6, 2015 The United States Embassy shares the disappointment of the United Kingdom and the European Union Heads of Mission in Rwanda regarding the decision to extend the suspension of BBC’s Kinyarwanda service indefinitely. As President Obama stated in April 2014, “the Rwandan genocide was neither an accident nor unavoidable.  It ... Read More»

VOA Boosts Broadcasts to Burundi as Civilians Flee Political Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11, 2015 –Voice of America today began boosting broadcasts to Burundi where at least 14 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza running for a third term. VOA has additional shortwave and FM broadcasts in Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, French, and English with an expanded ... Read More»

U.S. to partner with the Ministry of Internal Security on Police Peacekeeping

Ambassador of the United States, Erica Barks-Ruggles, and Minister of Internal Security, Sheikh Mussa Fazil Harerimana, today signed a Letter of Agreement for partnership on police peacekeeping. Under this agreement, the United States will provide Rwanda with training and other support for Rwandan National Police forces deploying to United Nations and regional peacekeeping operations around ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Honors Rwandan Women of Courage

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles honored four Rwandan women today at an event held at her home to celebrate Women’s History Month.  The women, selected from nominations submitted by U.S. Embassy Kigali’s 20,000 Facebook fans, were recognized with the Embassy’s first-ever Rwandan Women of Courage awards for their exceptional service and leadership. “The ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry Statement: Launch of Solar Power Facility in Rwanda

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC February 18, 2015 I welcome the completion and launch of an 8.5 MW solar installation in Rwanda by Gigawatt Global. This is the first utility-scale solar project to come online under the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance (ACEF) program, which is now an integral part of Power ... Read More»

The United States Renews Commitment to Rwanda’s People with $108 Million in Assistance

Kigali – The United States officially renewed its commitment to the Rwandan people by  providing  over $108 million of development assistance in late December 2014 to fund ongoing and new development projects. These funds, implemented through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will continue the United States’ work to accelerate Rwanda’s progress to ... Read More»

Welcoming the Start of Military Operations Against the FDLR

Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States welcomes the announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of the start of military operations against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an armed group that has inflicted immeasurable suffering on the civilian population of eastern ... Read More»

10 Years of PEPFAR in Rwanda

PEPFAR Success Story RWANDA NATIONAL CENTER FOR BLOOD TRANSFUSION (NCBT) The United States Government (USG) through PEPFAR’ HSS/CDC funding has transformed the National Center for Blood Transfusion (NCBT) by enhancing and expanding capacity as a core activity in HIV prevention. After the 1994 genocide and prior to 2005, without a national blood policy and guidelines, ... Read More»
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