Ambassador’s Small Grant Signing Ceremony

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

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce that twelve dynamic and experienced young Rwandans departed Kigali today to attend the fifth Young African Leadership Initiative  Mandela Washington Fellowship.  They will join  700 other young African leaders for a six- week program, and will be hosted by 12 prestigious U.S. universities, followed by a conference in ...
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USAID Launches Hinga Weze – A New 28 Billion RWF Agricultural Growth Project

Nyamata—On April 26th, 2018 the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new 28 Billion RWF project to support agricultural growth and resiliency across Rwanda. The project, called Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze, will be implemented over five years in 10 districts across Rwanda. Hinga Weze will work directly with over 200,000 ...
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Commemoration of the 24th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

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

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

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

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles visited Ruvugizo Village in Kinazi sector in Huye on December 5 to promote U.S. government-funded activities to combat malnutrition.  During her visit, the Ambassador observed Growth Monitoring Promotion activities conducted at the village level along with Positive Deviance Hearth activities, which focus on identifying good behaviors practiced by ...
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Promoting Economic Development through the Ambassador’s Small Grants (ASG) Program.

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

On September 30th, 2017, the United States Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks-Ruggles authorized over 42 million RWF for immediate emergency response to destruction caused by September’s heavy rain storms. The relief funds will aid families whose needs were identified by the Government of Rwanda’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR). The aid was ...
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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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USAID Launches a 17.2 Billion RWF Program to Boost Youth Employment

On June 13th, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a 17.2 billion Rwandan Franc initiative, called Huguka Dukore, to train 40,000 Rwandan youth in workforce readiness skills by 2021. USAID hosted a launch event for Huguka Dukore at the Kimisagara Youth Empowerment for Global Opportunities (YEGO) Center in Kigali, Rwanda. Attendees included Government ...
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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 time ...
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U.S. Embassy in Kigali Remembers 26 Employees

Employees of the U.S. Embassy in Kigali held a memorial ceremony to honor 26 Mission employees who lost their lives during the genocide. Over 200 people participated in the event, including employees from the U.S. Department of State, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Defense and ...
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Commemoration of the 23rd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

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