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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated: 10/13/2020 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. Schools and bars (including bars located inside of hotels and restaurants) remain closed. National parks are open to visitors with …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (August 27, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Government of Rwanda Updated COVID-19 Prevention Measures On August 26, the Rwandan Ministry of Health announced a total of 3,625 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On August 26, the Government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures. Movements are prohibited from 7:00 PM to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (August 20, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:  Rwanda Biomedical Centre to Begin Street Testing Survey in Kigali On August 20, the Rwanda Biomedical Centre will begin a COVID-19 street testing survey in all districts of Kigali.  In this survey, people will be randomly selected for testing and escorted to a drive-through testing facility. …

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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. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (August 7, 2020) Location:  Rwanda The Department of State updated its Travel Advisory around the world on August 6, 2020.   The new country-specific travel advisory for Rwanda is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Rwanda –  Level 3: Reconsider Travel Reconsider travel to Rwanda due to COVID-19.  Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 30, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  1,963 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On July 29, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 1,963 total cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On July 28, the Rwanda Biomedical Centre started offering voluntary COVID-19 tests on request, including for passengers on arriving and departing flights.  For more information on accessing COVID-19 tests, …

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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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 21, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  Ministry of Local Governments Announced Lockdown of 3 Villages in Nyarugenge District On July 20, the Ministry of Local Governments announced the lockdown of Tetero, Indamutsa, and Intiganda villages in Tetero cell, Muhima sector, Nyarugenge district.  The lockdown will last for at least 15 days. The Ministry of Local Governments also announced …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 15, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:  Ministry of Local Governments Announced Lockdown of 6 Cells in Nyamagabe and Nyamasheke Districts On July 14, the Ministry of Local Governments announced the lockdown of Kigeme cell in Gasaka sector and Ruhunga cell in Kibirizi sector in Nyamagabe district, and Mubuga, Butare, Gitwas, and Jarama cells in Gihombo sector in …

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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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 13, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event: Flight Departing Kigali for Addis Ababa on July 18 The Embassy has learned that Ethiopian Airlines will operate a flight from Kigali to Addis Ababa with connections to the United States on July 18.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 9, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event: Possible Flight Departing Kigali on July 18 The Embassy has learned of a flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with connections to the United States on July 18.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru at +250-788-528-347 or  reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com . Under …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 3, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:   Tickets Available for Flight on Tuesday, July 7 Tickets are available for the flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with connections to the United States on Tuesday, July 7.  The flight will be operated by Ethiopian Airlines.  If you are interested in booking travel on this …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 2, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Rwanda Biomedical Centre to Begin Street Testing Survey in Kigali On July 2, the Rwanda Biomedical Centre will begin a COVID-19 street testing survey in Kigali and at the entry points to Kigali.  In this testing, people will be randomly selected for testing and escorted …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 30, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on July 7 The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with connections to the United States on Tuesday, July 7.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 26, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:  Ministry of Local Governments Announced Lockdown of 6 Villages in Kigali On June 25, the Ministry of Local Governments announced the lockdown of Kamabuye, Zuba, Nyenyeri, and Rugano villages in Kicukiro district, and Kadobogo and Gisenga villages in Nyarugenge district.  The lockdown will last for at least 15 days. The …

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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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 22, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Possible Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on June 25 The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali with connections to the United States on the afternoon of Thursday, June 25th.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 5, 2020) 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.  …

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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 …

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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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 3, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  384 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On June 2, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 384 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.  The Rwandan Ministry of Health also confirmed two COVID-19 deaths in Rwanda. On June 2, the government of Rwanda updated the COVID-19 prevention measures. Movements are prohibited from 9:00 PM …

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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! …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 28, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:  Tickets Still Available for Flight on May 30 There are a limited number of tickets available for the flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 30.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru no …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 27, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Possible Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on May 30 The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 30. Passengers may be able to book onward flights from Washington, …

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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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 21, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:  Limited Tickets Available for Flight on May 23 There are a very limited number of tickets 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.  If you are interested in booking …

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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, …

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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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 19, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda  Event:   Possible Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on May 23 The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 23 at 15:25 with Ethiopian Airlines. Passengers may be able …

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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 …

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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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 14, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  287 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On May 13, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 287 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On May 1, the government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures. Movements are prohibited from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM, except with permission. Masks must be worn in public at …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 12, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  Hospitality Establishments Must Register Customers On May 11, the Rwanda Development Board announced that all hospitality establishments, including restaurants, coffee shops, and hotels, must register customers who visit the premises to facilitate the tracking of COVID-19 cases.  These establishments must collect the full names, telephone numbers, time of visit, and …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 11, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  284 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On May 10, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 284 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On May 1, the government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures.  These updated prevention measures were effective starting on May 4, 2020. Movements are prohibited from 8:00 PM to 5:00 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 4, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  259 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On May 3, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 259 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On May 1, the government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures.  These updated prevention measures will be effective starting today, May 4, 2020. Movements are prohibited from 8:00 PM to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 1, 2020) Location:  Rwanda    Event:  Updated COVID-19 Prevention Measures Effective on May 4, 2020 On May 1, the government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures.  These updated prevention measures will be effective starting on May 4, 2020.   Movements are prohibited from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM, except with permission.  Masks must be worn in public at …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 30, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  225 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On April 29, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 225 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.    On April 17, the government of Rwanda announced an extension of existing measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 until April 30.  Non-essential movements and travel between cities are prohibited, and non-essential businesses are closed. Face masks must be worn …

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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

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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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 21, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  Government of Rwanda Requires Face Masks Be Worn in Public On April 19, the government of Rwanda announced that face masks must be worn in public and in multi-family compounds.   The Center for Disease Control also now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, particularly where social distancing measures are …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 20, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  147 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On April 19, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 143 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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 18, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  COVID-19 Prevention Measures Extended Until April 30, 2020 On April 17, the government of Rwanda announced an extension of existing measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 until April 30. Unnecessary movements outside the house are not permitted. All employees should work from home, except for those providing essential …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 17, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  138 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On April 16, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 138 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. The government of Rwanda announced that it is enacting COVID-19 prevention measures through April 19. Non-essential movements and travel between cities are prohibited, and non-essential businesses …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 16, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  Last Chance for Tickets on Rwandair flight on Saturday, April 18 Tickets are still available for the Rwandair flight on Saturday, April 18.  The deadline for purchasing tickets is today at noon.  The U.S. Embassy encourages Americans citizens and legal permanent residents who interested in departing for the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

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Qatar Flight Available Wednesday, March 25

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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 …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

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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 …

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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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

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TechWomen 2020 Applications Now Open

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

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

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Visits Rwanda

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Chargé d’affaires Belinda Jackson Farrier Opens Shared Accord 2019

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United States Embassy celebrates 15 years of PEPFAR aid to Rwanda

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PSDAG Project Close out Speech by Ambassador Peter H. Vrooman

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

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Notice of Funding Opportunity: U.S. College Preparatory

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Notice of Funding Opportunity: Makerspace

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

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Call for Applications: 2020-2021 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

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PEPFAR Rwanda 15th Anniversary videos

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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 …

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

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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 …

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“Shared Accord” Multilateral Exercises Boost Peacekeeping Preparedness

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity

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2017 Human Rights Country Reports

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  …

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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 …

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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    

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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 …

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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. …

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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. …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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