With eternal gratitude and the grace of God, Rwanda~one4one is working with seven households in Rwanda, to lift them from poverty and create income opportunities. Donations are used to directly improve their living standards as well as fostering Umva, the natural dye project. Umva is an income opportunity for the women in the family to naturally dye textiles using indigenous plants in Rwanda for color. Umva is a fair trade project providing income, through textile sales, to the families to improve their standard of living. Read more about Umva in the sidebar links.Grandmother-and-Akim

2018 mission
Join us as we begin our 5th year of working with Rwandan families to lift them from poverty by creating entrepreneurial opportunities for family members. We offer direct financial assistance including, but not limited to, the stabilization of the physical homes, annual school fees for the children and emergency medical needs for family members. Rwanda-one4one focuses on successfully implementing work opportunities, including Umva, the natural dye project, and the Taxi project which move family members away from hopelessness and dependency and toward independence and economic freedom. Our work opportunities create a ripple effect in the community by using tailors, mechanics, water fetchers and others who earn income as a result of these entrepreneurial endeavors.

Donor names will be added to a drawing for one beautiful Umva wool wrap when we reach the goal.

Rwanda-one4one believes education is the best hope for a better future. Part of our annual funding provides school fees for the children, a medical emergency fund for unexpected health issues, support for the Umva natural dye project, the Taxi project, plus new ways to implement further entrepreneurial opportunities. All funds raised are direct and needs based for the families involved. Please join us in meeting this year’s goal. And, of course, your donation is 100% tax deductible.
For further specifics contact us at rwandaone4one@gmail.com

Join us in making a beautiful difference for our families in Rwanda.

To avoid PayPal fees we always accept checks made payable to: Rwanda ~ one4one and mail to: 116 Paine Road, Westmoreland, NH 03467.
Donors will receive email updates throughout the year about the current year’s objectives.

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More about Rwanda

Post-colonial Rwanda was shaped by the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. Standing as one of the swiftest episodes of mass murder the world has seen, nearly one million Rwandans were killed in a 100-day period. The aftermath of the genocide resulted in not only the massive loss of life, but also the complete decimation of national infrastructure. In 1994, no schools, hospitals, factories, or government departments were functioning. Rwanda’s new government was faced with the tremendous task of stabilizing the country and rebuilding it.

In spite of this massive restructuring task, Rwanda has made vibrant development economically and socially, although the need for recovery at all levels of society and in the hearts of the Rwandan people is vast.

Today, the socio-economic impact of the horrific 100 days still lingers. Hutu militia raped Tutsi women in a deliberate plan to use HIV/AIDS as a weapon that would go on killing long after they had murdered their other victims. An estimated 11% of all females living in Rwanda at the time of the genocide were victims of the concerted rape campaign.  Current statistics state there are 4.2 million children in Rwanda, 700,000 are orphans and 27,000 of those are living with HIV/AIDS. Currently, women head 34% of all Rwandan households, and more than 67% of the women who were raped in 1994 during the genocide are now infected with HIV/AIDS.

Rwanda, known as “The Land of a Thousand Hills”, is a small country roughly the size of Maryland (USA) or Haiti, with about 11.9 million inhabitants as of 2016 according to the World Bank. Rwanda’s lowest elevation is 3100 feet above sea level; the western section has an elevation of 4,921 ft. to 8,202 ft. The center of the country is predominantly rolling hills, while the eastern border region consists of savanna, plains and swamps. The beauty of Rwanda lies both in its land and in its people.

For more information regarding Rwanda’s history and present times, here are some excellent resources:


Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story … and Why It Matters Today
By Edouard Kayihura and Kerry Zukus

We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda’s Genocide
By Philip Gourevitch

A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man who Dreamed It
By Stephen Kinzer

A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda
By Josh Ruxin

Left to Tell: Discovering God in the Midst of Rwandan Holocaust
By Immaculee Ilibagiza


Ghosts of Rwanda
PBS Frontline (documentary)

Shake Hands With the Devil
Documentary – The Journey of Roméo Dallaire

Sometimes in April
HBO Films

Beyond the Gates
A Michael Caton-Jones Film/BBC Films

As We Forgive
A film by Laura-Waters Hinson on reconciliation in Rwanda


Official Website of the Republic of Rwanda