SEED A Better Life For Victims of the Rwandan Genocide

During the spring and summer of 1994, members of the Hutu majority government carried out a genocidal mass slaughter of the Tutsi in Rwanda. During the 100-day period from April 7th to mid-July, 1994, an estimated 500,000–1,000,000 Rwandans were killed, decimating as much as 70% of the Tutsi population. Additionally, 30% of the Pygmy Batwa were killed. The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.

The mission of SEED is to provide for the Spiritual guidance, Education, and Economic Development of orphans and vulnerable children who survived or were impacted by the Rwandan genocide.

SEED provides basic needs: Food, clothing, and transportation — basic needs that are hard to come by in the communities we serve. We make these communities stronger by providing clothing, school uniforms, supplies, and personal necessities so children and young adults can attend school and, later, find jobs. We also provide transportation to and from school or work, and basic medical care, such as examinations, medication, and first aid / wound care.

Once individuals are fed and healthy, SEED's board reviews applications for tuition and selects students based on merit and need for primary and secondary school, vocational (trade) school, and university education. Spiritual Formation is included in their education in the form of Biblical Studies, Christian education and fellowship, because we believe nothing is as transformative as a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

After our students complete school, SEED considers small loans to assist those who want to start small businesses. This can provided another small loan to assist entrepreneurs in starting their business in order to provide long-term self-sufficiency. Our board tracks for success, and provides further support to those individuals who are truly working to make their business successful. A future initiative is to provide mentoring to transitioning from school into the job force.

Learn more about SEED’s work at www.seedabetterlife.org