ARDR is the acronym for Association Rwandaise pour le Développement Rural.

It was established in 1999 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) without political or religious affiliation.  ARDR was created by Rwandans with field experience working with developmental agencies who united to tackle the immense problems of poverty resulting from prolonged wars and the 1994 genocide.

ARDR’s mission is to:

  • Provide humanitarian assistance to the economically and socially fragile population that is pervasive throughout most of Rwanda.
  • Improve the welfare of the people by providing moral, material and technical support using local initiatives.
  • Help the people of Rwanda help themselves.

While provisions for basic needs are often necessary and beneficial in developing countries such as Rwanda, ARDR understands that a more comprehensive, community-based approach is necessary to create the levels of sustainability the people of Rwanda desire and are determined to pursue. This mindset of empowerment and engagement allows ARDR to truly be an organization that is for the people of Rwanda, by the people of Rwanda.

ARDR is located in the Eastern Province of Rwanda in a village called Rwamagana.

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BP: 1228 Kigali - Rwanda

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