ARC Rwanda  works with its partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people and host communities. We help people survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security and self-sufficiency. ARC Rwanda program is committed to the delivery of programs that ensure measurable quality and lasting impact for the people we serve


The oldest camp, Kiziba, is located in Karongi district in western Rwanda, near Lake Kivu. Kiziba was established after the Umubano refugee camp near Gisenyi (Rwandan town located on the Congolese border next to the town of Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu province) was closed after attacks from the ex-FAR militia coming out of North Kivu in December 1996. As of late 2011, the camp population had reached nearly 20,000 refugees with the vast majority from Rutshuru and Masisi districts of North Kivu province in the DRC. ARC is in charge of water, sanitation, shelter, and income generation activities in Kiziba.


.......Miss Gihembe contest which assessed contestants on their overall confidence, ability to address the public, and commitment to work with ARC GBV program staff to reach out to young girls and other people in the camp. The theme for this year’s 16 days of gender activism in Rwanda was:

“From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence against Women!”



“My business helped me to avoid any kind of exploitation. I can satisfy my own needs without depending on any other person. I encourage other refugees to develop in themselves a hope for tomorrow and create their own business instead of depending only on WFP rations”

Fidelite 24 year old IGP beneficiary in Nyabiheke camp.