About

Rwandan HUGS Mission

To embrace, encourage, and empower the people of Rwanda and share their stories.

  • Emphasis is given to children, impoverished families, and genocide survivors.
  • Focus includes agricultural development, education, emergency assistance, and support for emerging small businesses.

To God be the glory.

HUGS Goals

  • Agricultural Development - support good nutrition through livestock distribution projects, donations of seeds, fertilizer, equipment , and land rental for community gardens
  • Education - provide funds for tuition, school fees, uniforms, books, supplies, and medical cards for students
  • Small Business Development - provide instruction, equipment, supplies, and labor costs for sewing, handcraft, and jewelry projects and assist in distribution
  • Emergency Assistance- respond to our partners' requests for assistance with basic needs for vulnerable families and orphans.

How did Rwandan HUGS get started?

In 2006, Immaculee Ilibagiza, a Rwandan genocide survivor and best-selling author, invited Nancy Strachan to visit Rwanda. Nancy spent two weeks in 2007 with Immaculee in Rwanda meeting with leaders of the reconciliation process, meeting students, teaching jewelry skills to women, and visiting genocide memorials.

That visit inspired Nancy to become an ambassador for and advocate of several Rwandan organizations, schools, and ministries.

During subsequent trips Nancy's partnerships expanded and requests for cooperative ventures grew. Rwandan HUGS, Inc. was created in 2010.

HUGS, an acronym for Help Us Get Started, symbolizes our policy of embracing Rwandans as we build prosperity, opportunity, hope and community.

501(c)(3) tax exempt status was approved in 2011.

Why donate to Rwandan HUGS?

  • HUGS partners with existing ministries and organizations to most efficiently serve Rwanda's most vulnerable populations: orphans, students, unemployed women, HIV/AIDS survivors, subsistence farmers, and genocide survivors.
  • More than 90% of your donation goes directly to Rwanda and its people.
  • Although much of the world failed to help Rwanda in 1994, today we can celebrate their resilience and their beautiful example of radical forgiveness with our support.

"If you don't have anything to give to Rwanda, please accept their gift to you: their supreme demonstration of radical forgiveness and reconciliation. It can change your life. I know because it truly changed mine."
-Nancy Strachan-

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Rwanda: Land of a Thousand Hills

Rwanda, approximately the size of Maryland, is a landlocked Central African country.

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Rwanda Statistics

  • 11.3 million people (most densely populated country in Africa)
  • 43% are children under age 14
  • 90% live on less than $2/day
  • 90% are subsistence farmers
  • Life expectancy is 58 years
  • Major exports: coffee, tea
  • Religion:
    Christian: 94%
    Muslim: 4.6%
    Other: 1.4%
  • Languages:
    Kinyarwanda
    English
    French
    Swahili

1994: One Million People in 100 Days

In 1994 Rwanda was the epicenter of one of the greatest atrocities in human history. Ethnic tensions between the Hutu (84%)majority and the Tutsi (15%)minority culminated in a horrific genocide. Extremists Hutus killed at least 1,117,000 people in 100 days. People were brutallymurdered by their friends and neighbors.

Since the genocide, Rwanda has emerged as one of themost improved countries in Africa. The citizens are committed to radical forgiveness, restorative justice, peace, and unity.

Genocide survivors, who have worked hard to forgive, and repentant ex-prisoners who have worked to earn their forgiveness, live and work together peacefully.

To embrace, encourage, empower,
and share the stories of the people of Rwanda.