International Community Program – Rwanda, Nyamyumba (Unassigned)

September 16, 2019
Number of volunteers needed
1 Chapter
Project Location


International Community Programs (ICP) - Unassigned Program

Chapters interested in starting a new International Community Program (ICP) can apply to adopt an Unassigned Program. All Unassigned Programs have been reviewed and approved by the Application Review Committee (ARC) and therefore, meet our international community partnership criteria.

Community Program Background

Country: Rwanda

Region: Western Province

Municipality:  Rubavu District

Community: Nyamyumba

Community Based Organization: Youth in Action for Development

Local NGO Partner: Hand in Hand for Development (HIHD)

Local Government Partner (if applicable): Cell

Project Type (Community’s first priority project type): Structure (Early Childhood Center)

Community’s Challenges Description: Rubavu city is bordering to Goma city the capital of Nort Kivu in the East of Democratic Republic of Congo. Every morning thousands of people cross the border seeking for jobs other in informal trade. While crossing the border, women traders are obliged to leave their children on the border side for they can’t afford to pay their official documents and there are no centers designed to take care of their children. Further still, these children are left with their siblings who also miss schooling. Children may spend the whole day without being breast fed. The hygiene and sanitation conditions are poor to the point that they easily contract diseases.”Their age range is between three weeks and five years old. They are left on shops verandahs by their mothers as they cross to Congo for business as this is the only way they earn a living”, a migration officer said during minister’s visit at the border. Children are exposed to all kinds of hazards including hunger, rape, and poor upbringing and deprived of their rights such as parental care and education.

Estimated project budget (labor, materials, and equipment): $65,000

*Please note that the estimated budget will likely change based on the scope and does not include travel and logistical expenses.

To Learn More about this Unassigned Program

If your chapter is interested in learning more about this program, please see the Community Partnership Application for this program.

***Please note: Chapter Leadership access is needed to view this Unassigned Program in Volunteer Village. If you do not have Chapter Leadership access, please submit a “Support Request.”


All Team Applications for Unassigned Programs will be evaluated based on the following criteria: status and quality of any existing community programs within the chapter; proposed fundraising plan; membership capacity; quality management plan; as well as the Responsible Engineer In Charge (REIC) qualifications and Mentor Team qualifications.

Please review these articles for more information regarding team qualifications:

Responsible Engineer in Charge (REIC) Qualifications

ICP Project Role Descriptions and Requirements

Mentor Team Qualifications

Chapter Eligibility: In order to start a new International Community Program, all chapters will need to be eligible to start a new program. Please review this article for more information regarding chapter eligibility.


If your chapter has any questions about this Unassigned Program or for more information about how to apply to adopt this program, please contact Gretchen Smithwick,

Please do not contact the proposed NGO, community, or local government partners directly. If your team has additional questions that are not answered in the Community Program Application or Review Summary, please contact Gretchen Smithwick.

To Apply

If your chapter is interested in applying for this program, please review these instructions to submit a Team Application in Volunteer Village. Submittal deadlines are the 1st and 15th of each month. Chapter eligibility will be reviewed before the chapter can move forward with the application review process.

***Please note: Chapter Leadership access is needed to submit a Team Application in Volunteer Village. If you do not have Chapter Leadership access, please submit a “Support Request.”

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