As CARSA carried out reconciliation work in the communities it serves, other questions began to rise to the surface. How can offenders focus on reconciling with their survivors when they don't have a secure home for their own family? How can the women who were raped in the genocide fund their children's university fees? How can vulnerable people face the future with hope and confidence while their relationship with God has been broken through what they experienced during genocide and the sufferings which followed? These questions led to a variety of projects responding to specific community needs, most of which are implemented through cell groups in order to promote sustainable, self-maintaining communities
Poor housing continues to be a major problem for both survivors and offenders whose homes were destroyed during or after the genocide. Those in need of adequate housing are identified from reconciliation small groups, and support is given to provide safe homes.
Despite the growing economy, two in three Rwandans live in poverty without access to safe water. CARSA, in partnership with Pipeline Worldwide, provides boreholes that offer long-term access to clean water for over 6,000 people.
Spiritual need accompanies the physical lack in Rwanda's rural areas. Reconciliation between people must take place within the larger perspective of reconciliation with their creator (2. Corinthian 5:20).
CARSA offers a monthly bible study for the existing cell groups in order to help them grow in their relationship with God.
The lack of means to cover school fees often hinders the younger generation in rural Rwanda to get the education they need to build their future and to contribute to their country's development. Also, sustainable peace and unity in society are grounded on a next generation with sound education. CARSA therefore provides through its partners education sponsorships for high school students to cover the school fees as well as the expenses for uniforms and learning materials. The students are chosen among the children of families from the established Cell Groups, who are unable to effort the costs to send their children to school. This not only makes a significant difference in the lives of those children, but also contributes to the holistic process of healing and reconciliation their parents are going through.
Cow for Peace
The Cow for Peace project covers uniquely different programs. A survivor of the genocide and his or her direct offender receive a cow, and they share both the responsibility and the benefits. As the Cow for Peace beneficiaries journey toward reconciliation, the cow helps them overcome obstacles related to their poor life conditions. Follow this link and read more about the Cow for Peace project