Our Story

Mission 

Prison Fellowship Rwanda seeks to transform the lives of those involved and affected by the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and other crimes through the good news of Jesus Christ to pursue national reconciliation and to prevent crime in the communities.

Vision

A reconciling community of restoration for all involved in or affected by genocide and other crimes, thereby proclaiming and demonstrating the redemptive love and transforming power of Jesus Christ.

Our History

Prison Fellowship Rwanda (PFR) is a faith-based non-profit organization that works in support of the government of Rwanda and its relevant agencies, partners and volunteers to foster reconciliation, transformation, crime prevention, and development in Rwanda in the wake of the 1994 genocide. Prison Fellowship Rwanda was founded on 01/07/1995, affiliated to the Prison Fellowship International in 1997. Prison Fellowship Rwanda was officially registered and recognized by the ministerial law no 037/17, of 23/10/2002, by the Ministry of Justice as a non- profit organization, published in official gazette of the Republic of Rwanda in 2002.

Prison Fellowship Rwanda’s goal is to facilitate victims and perpetrators to reach a frame of mind where forgiveness and reconciliation is genuinely embraced. In doing so the residual feelings of anger and vengeance will not fester, and most importantly will not be passed on to the next generation only to erupt into another intergeneration cycle of violence. Since 1995, Prison Fellowship Rwanda activities expanded beyond the prisons into communities focused on instilling action-based practical reconciliation approach among Rwandans directly or indirectly affected by the 1994 genocide against Tutsi as well as other crimes through spiritual healing as a way to restore hope that results in confessions by those who previously had refused to confess their crimes; and secondly it provides social needs in support of the Government determination and interventions to eradicate poverty as enshrined in the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategies.

Prison Fellowship Rwanda has not only helped prisoners to integrate in their communities and meet with their victims but also created reconciliation villages where ex-prisoners live peacefully side-by –side with their victims as a sign of practical reconciliation.

 

Leadership

Bishop Rucyahana John
Chairman
Bishop Gashagaza Deo
Executive Director