Simbi Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


Community members organized 34 savings groups with our help, providing more than 1,000 people with access to basic financial services such as savings accounts and small business loans to increase their income. A corn processing plant was constructed so farmers can grind their corn into flour, which is more valuable and marketable than fresh corn. Through agricultural training, 80 farmers learned how to increase production by using improved seeds and modern farming techniques. We also trained farmers in techniques to prevent post-harvest crop loss. More than 500 families started kitchen gardens and 20 families received cows, enabling them to provide more nutritious food for their children. We held community meetings to promote the use of energy-saving stoves and biogas systems, which convert cow manure into clean, environmentally friendly fuel for cooking. More than 2,500 children younger than 5 were assisted through monthly nutrition education programs held in their communities. A group of students was trained in HIV prevention and life skills, equipping them to raise awareness of HIV prevention at their schools. We helped build a maternity ward at a health center, reducing the distance mothers have to travel to receive healthcare services. Mothers learned about the importance of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy through a reproductive health campaign organized by World Vision. 1,577 people gained access to clean water from a new water pipeline and 12 water taps built in their communities. In addition, we installed rainwater harvesting tanks at two schools. Through the efforts of World Vision-supported community hygiene clubs, more than 1,900 families built latrines, nearly 1,000 handwashing stations were installed, and 2,700 families learned how to treat their drinking water. More than 1,000 children are studying in healthier environments after we installed latrines at two schools. More than 4,300 people participated in a child rights campaign, after which 39 child protection committees were established to advocate for vulnerable children and address incidents of child abuse, together with local authorities.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Environment|Advocacy|


  • Rwanda>Southern


  • Agriculture
  • Health

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