Survivors Fund (SURF)

Empowering Vulnerable Youth in Rwanda

The project will meet the basic needs of 40 vulnerable and marginalised young adults born-of-rape to genocide survivors in Rwanda, enabling access to vocational education, internships and counselling as a critical stepping-stone to developing a sustainable livelihood.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1065705)

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Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation

  • I was helpless without an education and a skill, but now with the help of Survivors Fund to attend skills training I am able to make a living. I earn about £5 in a day. This helps me to provide for my needs and to pay medical insurance.

    — Regis (A beneficiary of past support)

  • “I was born out of rape committed during the genocide in 1994, but since my mother gave birth to me, she has not been mentally well. SURF has given me a second chance in life to receive training in construction. I have now finished my training and have a job and I am now able to help my mother.

    — Letitia (A beneficiary of past support)


In October 2018 we conducted a series of in-depth interviews with these now young adults, through which they conveyed a universal wish to be supported into vocational education to develop a sustainable livelihood. Over 80% of the target group suffer from mental health issues resulting from their marginalisation from birth, and as such we will tailor an individualised package of support for each participant which will include access to counselling which we have evidenced is critical.


The project will provide vocational education and psychosocial support to 40 youth born of genocide rape who otherwise are excluded from accessing it. It will support the group to complete their skills training, and relevant work placements, and do so at a high level of attainment, and generate an income, and thus improve their life prospects to support their future livelihoods – and equip them to support their families.