Most of Rwanda’s orphans are orphans due to results of wide spread affects of HIV/AIDS. It is one of the biggest lingering effects of the raping that occurred during the 1994 genocide. As a result, many children ages eleven to thirteen are the heads of their households.
ARDR works closely with those inflicted with HIV/AIDS to provide counseling and support to overcome the stigma associated with this affliction and reconnect them to their communities. In addition, ARDR has established a program to invest in the lives of those with HIV/AIDS, and their families, who may also be infected by enabling them to own livestock. By owning livestock, these people can produce enough milk to feed their families and sell what is left over at the market in an effort to get these people back on their feet and teach them how to provide for themselves.