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.