Gihembe Refugee Camp

Byumba, Rwanda

Make An Impact in A Childs life

About Gihembe Refugee Camp

Background

Gihembe is a camp of Congolese refugees located in Gicumbi District of Rwanda, home to 12,904 residents.  American Refugee Committee (ARC) manages Shelter/Construction, WASH, Health, Nutrition, and Livelihoods/Economic Recovery sectors in Gihembe.

ARC provides shelter and construction services for Gihembe, helping restore dignity to refugees by supporting the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and transformation of shelters.  ARC also maintains communal infrastructure in the camp, including roads, common buildings, and bridges. 

More Background

This is accomplished through engaging refugees to rehabilitate/transform their own shelters using vouchers, as well as providing refugees with income through engagement in casual labor in other shelter/construction activities.

Empowering refugees through the shelter rehabilitation voucher program has meant that ARC has surpassed its annual rehabilitation target of 50 shelters, resulting in 64 shelters total being rehabilitated.

Making a Difference

Water in Gihembe is provided through a contract with WASAC (the national water authority).  ARC is responsible for monitoring the quality of the water supply and water infrastructure, rehabilitating infrastructure within the camp when necessary. 

ARC also constructs, rehabilitates, and maintains sanitation infrastructure, including latrines and showers. Maintaining sanitary environmental conditions according to SPHERE standards includes managing waste disposal/removal, regular spraying against insects, regular scheduled cleaning and disinfecting of latrines/showers, and hygiene sensitization among refugees.

Health Services

In addition to basic health services, ARC provides HIV/AIDS services, including testing/screening, anti-retroviral treatment and counseling for Persons Living with HIV (PLHIVs), Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) services, and community sensitization on HIV and other STIs.

Nutrition services include screening for cases of malnutrition, therapeutic treatment of malnutrition, and fresh food distribution/blanket feeding for children under two, pregnant/lactating mothers, and PLHIVs .  ARC also works in food security, supporting beneficiaries through the establishment of kitchen gardens.

Gihembe Refugee Camp How We Help

We help Gihembe Refugee Camp by providing financial assistance to this great cause. Our organization believes in the mission and vision of Gihembe and we believe the partnership is a natural fit.  

Our team realizes it’s more important than ever to understand the core of how to help these children survive and thrive by providing financial assistance for food, clean water and health care.

We wanted to be a part of Gihembe because of we believe we can make a difference and change the lives of thousands of children.. Several members of our team have worked closely to fight poverty.

We believe the approach for this charitable cause is highly effective. We have seen firsthand how your donations have helped the people in this camp live better lives.

When you purchase a print, the donation goes to help causes like Gihembe Refugee Camp and the people they serve. 

The financial gift turns you into a hero in the person’s life by rescuing them from the dark despair of not having clean water, healthy food and shelter to protect them from inclement weather.

You give someone more than money, you give them hope, a belief in themselves and the support and education they need to continue to live a healthy life. 

The gift of giving is the best gift of all and in this case it saves and changes lives that so desperately need to be saved.

Purchasing a print from WorldPix enables WorldPix to provide financial support to Gihembe Refugee Camp, helping these children receive an education and prepare them for adulthood with a future.

For a one of kind experience, Gihembe Refugee Camp also offers volunteer opportunities to work onsite with the organization and the children.