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 service and leadership. “By honoring

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

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

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

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,

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. 

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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