CARSA mainly works with people from rural places from Southern province, Kamonyi and Muhanga districts. In recent years, CARSA has extended its work to 15 sectors, 8 in Kamonyi district and 7 in Muhanga district.
Our mission is to serve communities in supporting their journey towards healing, forgiveness, reconciliation and sustainable holistic development.
Our vision is to have a society where peace, solidarity and unity in diversity are established.
Serving post-genocide Rwandan communities holistically towards reconciliation is based on cell groups. These are the nucleus of transformation in the surrounding community.
We encourage groups of 20-30 to be formed from the participants of trauma healing and reconciliation workshops, mainly survivors and offenders of the genocide.
Cell groups meet regularly and invite people from their community who did not attend the workshop, allowing members to share their experiences in their healing process and support one another in physical and emotional needs.
As such, cell groups act as a platform of lasting reconciliation and transformation.
CARSA is a non-profit organization founded to contribute to the restoration and development of the nation of Rwanda. Since its creation in 2002, CARSA has transformed the lives of many communities through trauma healing and reconciliation workshops, peace education, trainings in children’s ministry and community empowerment.
In 1994, the genocide against the Tutsi happened in Rwanda. Afterwards, the convicted offenders were imprisoned. Some have been released to return to their families. It has not been easy for the families of survivors and their offenders to reconcile and live in harmony. This difficult reality is compounded by the genocide’s negative effects on the socio-economic statuses of the survivors, offenders and their direct families hardly socialize .
CARSA works with genocide survivors and their direct offenders, accompanying them on their journeys of forgiveness, reconciliation, and holistic development