About UNICEF in Rwanda

As a global child rights organisation working in 190 countries and territories, we are a leading advocate for children and their families in Rwanda.

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We strive to leave no child behind.

For more than 30 years, UNICEF has been a key advocate for the realisation of children's rights in Rwanda. We focus on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children to make sure they are given the best chance for a healthy life, a childhood of fulfillment, and protection from harm.

Read more about the situation of children and women in Rwanda.

UNICEF Mission

Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF calls for all children to have their rights protected, their basic needs met and their potential expanded to the fullest.

Making sure that children are able to live healthily, that they can learn and develop their skills and capacities, and that they are kept safe from violence, abuse and exploitation is essential to human progress. This is why UNICEF mobilises political will and material resources to help countries ensure a "first call for children" and to help them develop policies and deliver services for children and their families.

UNICEF pays particular attention to the most disadvantaged children – children affected by war, disasters, extreme poverty, violence, exploitation and discrimination, including girls and children with disabilities, and children from minority groups – and supports their survival, development and protection.

Humanitarian disasters are especially hard to bear for children. In coordination with United Nations partners and humanitarian agencies, UNICEF makes its unique facilities for rapid response available to its partners to relieve the suffering of children and families.

Action into Results

Rwanda's children deserve our best. That is why we work tirelessly with our partners to deliver results for children. Results that are driven by evidence. Results that are sustainable. Results that have made a tangible difference in children’s lives.

The UNICEF Rwanda programme has made progress in leaps and bounds in many areas, but not without challenges. Our vision has remained steadfast—to ensure that no child is left behind in Rwanda, and that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children are given the best opportunity for a healthy life, to fulfil their potential and to remain protected against harm.

Read our country profile to find more about our work for Rwanda's children.

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