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Rwanda

Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 9,998,000 (2009)
National language: Kinyarwanda, French and English
Per capita income: US$ 460/year (2009)
Life expectancy: 51 (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
65% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
54% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 111/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! Rwanda is a small country in central Africa. Although only about the size of Maryland, Rwanda has a population of over 11 million, making it the most densely populated country in Africa.

Rwanda has made significant progress in stabilizing its economy following the 1994 genocide, which decimated the country's fragile economic base, severely impoverished the population, and stalled its ability to attract private and external investment. It remains a poor rural country, however, with about 90 percent of the population engaged in (mainly subsistence) agriculture. Nearly two thirds of the population live below the poverty line.

Plan opened its Rwanda office in the capital, Kigali in January 2007. Together with the authorities of the district of Gatsibo in the eastern province, Plan is implementing projects to help children to access their rights to health, quality education and a sustainable future.

Plan currently works directly with 2,500 children and families in the Gatsibo district. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.