History

Who We Are

Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP) is a non-governmental, non-political, voluntary organisation run by students at the University of Rwanda (UR).RVCP was founded in 2000 by a partnership between medical students of the National University of Rwanda, the International Federation of Medical Students’
Associations (IFMSA) and the community of Huye District. Following the 1994 genocide, in which more than 1,000,000 people were killed in three months, villages and towns as well as the unified, community  spirit were destroyed, RVCP was initiated by students hoping to provide sustainable improvement in the health and living conditions for these underprivileged communities whose hope was almost completely gone. To date, we have have supported over 25 target groups in the Southern Provence of Rwanda.

Working with students and local volunteers is a key part of the foundation upon which RVCP was built as it strives to increase awareness and develop students’ problem solving skills, aptitude for fieldwork and project planning abilities. Furthermore, RVCP fosters an atmosphere of cultural exchange and skill sharing by working alongside international volunteers.

Our organisation forms part of a worldwide network of Village Concept Projects, established in 1998 by the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva. We also work with partner organisations based all over the world including Britain, American, Germany, Sweden and Denmark.