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 partnership with the Ministry of

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.  As such it is an

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 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, lawyer, NGO worker, businesswoman,

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 Month, we recognize the heritage

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 the Nobel Peace

Funding Opportunity – Promoting the Human Rights of Women and Girls, Persons With Disabilities, and LGBTI

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Promoting the Human Rights of Women and Girls, Persons With Disabilities, and LGBTI Persons  The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for a program that will advance an integrated, intersectional approach to advancing the human

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 HIV/AIDS has the greatest impact

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 entire family and never knew

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 of which side you were

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 that they have done in

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. The Mandela Washington Fellowship embodies

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 to be one of

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 Rwanda Development Board, Mr. Innocent

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, known as I am survivor of the genocide of 1994 against Tutsis and orphan since then. Knowing that media was one of the key drivers of

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  construction, electricity supply, use  of

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 basic business training, this grant

Absentee Voting Week

Absentee Voting Week is September 26-October 3. Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is October 10.  For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach

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. 

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. This year’s projects include beekeeping,

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

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 partners, and secondary school students. 

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.  His area of published research

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 of the victims to express

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 which they will work for

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 Health, Patrick Ndimubanzi Thank you

Secretary Kerry’s statement on Rwanda National Day

Rwanda National Day On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of Rwanda as you celebrate your 54th year of independence on July 1. Rwandans have much to be proud of about their country and their future. Rwanda has become a model on the continent for its progress in advancing

Ambassador’s Remarks for the Africa Carbon Forum

Africa Carbon Forum I am excited to be here today to share the perspective of the United States and to talk about our partnership with Rwanda on climate change. Last December, countries of the world spoke with one voice in adopting the Paris Agreement.  And for the first time, we have an ambitious, durable climate regime that is fair, applies

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 mean that we have to

The United States Reaffirms Partnerships In Support of Refugees in Rwanda

On World Refugee Day, the United States Government reaffirms our strong partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Government of Rwanda in support of refugees who have found safety and shelter in Rwanda. There are more than 20 million refugees across the globe today. Over the past year, Rwanda has welcomed more than 78,000 new

Ambassador’s Remarks on Interfaith Iftar Dinner

As-salamu alaykum.  Ahlan wa sahlan bikum.  Muraho.  Welcome to my home. I want to especially welcome and thank Mufti Sheikh Salim Hitimana for being here with us this evening.  Congratulations to you on your recent election by the Supreme Muslim Council of Rwanda.   My team and I look forward to working with you during your term. I also want to thank

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 to join you today to

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 will take some questions and

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 humbled to stand here today

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), the Department of Defense and

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 will forever cherish them, and

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 risked their lives to save

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 U.S. dollars). The Centers for

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 the U.S. government’s TechWomen exchange

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 to join you today to

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 and determination.  The recipients were

Annual Kigali Town Hall for U.S. Citizens on March 5, 2016

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., the U.S. Embassy will hold a U.S. citizen town hall meeting and celebration for U.S. citizens and their families. Food and drinks will be available for purchase (bring Rwandan francs) starting at 4:00 p.m. from local restaurants. A town hall panel with Embassy officials, including consular, security, and health staff,

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 in November 2016. There may

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 Obama and me on policy steps we

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 have for more than twenty

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 on the merits of the

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 across the world. I have

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  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 visa stamps.  The

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 deeply concerned by President Nkurunziza’s

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 Protocol observed.  I am pleased

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 the Departments of Justice and

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 interviews and medical exams, but

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Hajj and Eid al-Adha

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Hajj and Eid al-Adha As more than 2 million Muslims from around the world and across the United States mark the end of their holy pilgrimage of Hajj in Mecca, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims around the world celebrating Eid al-Adha. This pilgrimage and Eid is about sacrifice,


On Eid al-Adha Teresa and I extend our best wishes to Muslims around the world for a blessed Eid al-Adha.  We congratulate the nearly three million Muslims – including thousands of Americans – who are performing Hajj this year in fulfillment of one of the fundamental pillars of their faith. Eid al-Adha is a special time when Muslims pause to

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 church located in N’Djili between

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

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 respect the ability of any

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 Nyamata memorial site will most

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 – will not resolve the political

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 restore credibility through engagement in

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. Under this award, USDA will

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 in civil society, business, education,

Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder: Community Independence Day Celebration on July 11, 2015

U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda | July 3, 2015 The U.S. Embassy will host its annual Independence Day celebration for U.S. citizens and their families living in Rwanda on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali. This year’s event will feature a free performance by the U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE)

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 as a leader in advancing

Statement by Secretary Kerry on Ramadan

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I wish all Muslims a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a season for heightened reflection, worship, compassion, and community. For Muslims everywhere, this special month provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for the universal value — and values — of humanity. It is also a time to reflect on

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 was a deliberate and systematic

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 call-in show, more reporting from

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 the continent. Later this year

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 courage, compassion, and determination of

Annual Kigali Town Hall for U.S. Citizens on March 14, 2015

On Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., the U.S. Embassy will hold a U.S. citizen town hall meeting and celebration for U.S. citizens and their families. Food and drinks will be available for purchase starting at 4:00 p.m. from local restaurants. A town hall panel with U.S. Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles, as well as U.S. Embassy consular, security,

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 Africa. The project expands electricity

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 middle income status and a

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 DRC and Rwanda for over

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, Rwanda experienced perennial blood shortages,

The Assurance of Insurance: Community-based Health Insurance Saves Lives in Rwanda

Eugénie is a widow and farmer living in the southern province of Rwanda, who struggles to provide for her three children. For many years, Eugénie suffered from a renal tumor. Although she had community-based health insurance (CBHI) that covered 90 percent of her medical fees, Eugénie was unable to pay the remaining 10 percent, and her health deteriorated. Initiated by

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