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Our Aims…

Our Mission

Our mission is to serve communities by supporting their journey towards healing, forgiveness, reconciliation and holistic development.

How we do this:

  • We equip and train youth, students and church leaders, empowering them to live in harmony and become agents of healing and reconciliation in their communities.
  • We train and promote unity in diversity among younger leaders, building relationships and developing character to enable them to be a source and agents of holistic transformation of the nation.
  • We bring together genocide survivors and perpetrators, assisting them with opportunities for welfare in various peace building initiatives.

Our Vision

Our vision is to have a society where peace, solidarity and unity in diversity are established.

We are committed to:

  • The Bible as the Word of God and the supreme authority in all matters of faith, morality and ministry. We believe that the practical dimensions of life are no less spiritual than the ministry expressions. We seek to honor God with all that we do, equipping and mobilizing men and women of God to take roles of service and influence in every arena of society.
  • Prayer as the source of our strength and inspiration.
  • Teamwork, network and partnership as the definition of our relationships among ourselves, with other organizations, institutions and the members of the community we serve.
  • Creating with God through listening to Him, praying His prayers and obeying His commands in matters great and small. We are dependent upon hearing His voice as individuals, together in team contexts and in larger corporate gatherings. This is an integral part of our process for decision making.

Our Values

We do everything: 

  • To the greater glory of God.

  • To the greater blessing of the people we serve.

Celebrating Life and Culture

Who We Are…

OUR STORY

CARSA’s first meeting occurred in November of 2002 where Christophe, the current Executive Director, shared with a small group of people his vision, which he had simply written out on one and a half pages. After his presentation and discussion, the other four people agreed with him on the growing need to reconcile the wounded Rwandans in the aftermath of the genocide against Tutsi. They saw and felt disharmony among young people, churches, and communities in general. Though people appeared to be okay, they were actually suffering from trauma, bitterness, and distrust.

CARSA became officially established in 2004 with the vision to “have a society where peace, solidarity, and unity in diversity are established. They held their first Healing Wounds of Ethnic Conflict (HWEC) workshop at a local secondary school. In 2005, they expanded to universities. In 2006, CARSA started to work in rural communities to bring genocide offenders and survivors together and this continues to this day. Now, CARSA has extended its impact through multiple programs that address the holistic needs of reconciliation seeking to alleviate poverty, build peace, equip youth and children, and research the effects of the genocide.

Meet Our Dedicated Team

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CHRISTOPHE MBONYINGABO

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

SYLVESTRE NGENDAHAYO

PROGRAMS MANAGER

SAMSON NDAYIZEYE

SUPPORT STAFF

DIANA KANTARAMA

PEACE & RECONCILIATION COORDINATOR

NATACHA WIHOGORA

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

CANSILDE NYIRAHABIMANA

ACCOUNTANT

GRACE KAREKEZI

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH ASSISTANT OFFICER

PAUL BIGIRIMANA

PEACE EDUCATION COORDINATOR

…And Our Board

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EZER KANG

BOARD MEMBER

JORDAN SNYDER

BOARD MEMBER

KAYLA SLAGTER

BOARD CHAIR

LARYCIA HAWKINS

BOARD MEMBER

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Our Approach…

RECONCILIATION AS A HOLISTIC, SUSTAINABLE PROCESS. 

CARSA believes reconciliation must be addressed holistically for sustained, renewed relationships. But how CARSA transfers the message of healing, reconciliation and development into the rural communities and address physical, mental and spiritual needs?

CARSA collaborates with local leaders to identify the problem and evaluate the results. We create a safe space for truth telling, inner healing and forgiveness. We target individual genocide victims and perpetrators but also groups and communities as a whole.

CELL GROUPS – THE NUCLEUS FOR TRANSFORMATION

Cell groups form the foundation of our approach to transforming communities. These groups of 20-30 are formed from survivors and offenders of the genocide who have gone through the reconciliation workshop. Cell groups meet twice a month, allowing members to share their experiences in their inner healing process and acting as a nucleus for the transformation of the surrounding community. These groups are a platform of lasting reconciliation and transformation.

CARSA recognizes that the genocide doesn’t only affect the older generation but also the post-genocide generation, who are growing up in the narrative of the genocide and are impacted by its consequences. We empower youth with different skills for sustainable peace and disciple children in God’s word. Finally, we combat poverty through various community empowerment initiatives addressing the holistic needs of development in rural communities.

Each cell group invites people from their community who didn’t attend a workshop. Through joining the cell group, those people can benefit from the testimonies of the other cell group members and are encouraged and positively challenged in their own journey of healing and forgiveness.

On every last Saturday of the month, people throughout Rwanda come together to do a variety of public works, such as creating agricultural plots, protecting the environment or building schools and medical centers. This community work is a way the Rwandan government uses cultural practices to help reconstruct Rwanda and nurture a shared national identity. After the work, people gather together to discuss or listen to announcements. The cell groups use this time to share their testimonies and encourage others to join them.

Beyond this, the groups open their own bank accounts and every member regularly gives a little amount of money to build up the communal savings of the cell group. This is used to meet the needs of the most vulnerable families among them and help them holistically in their journey of healing and reconciliation.

Where We Work…

In recent years CARSA has extended its work to 12 sectors with approximately five cells each. Because the cell groups are growing, some of them have already been split in two and are now requesting additional CARSA workshops. These requests come from the communities themselves and show both the success of CARSA’s approach and the still-existing need for reconciliation ministry in post-genocide Rwanda.