«Association des Veuves Vulnérables Affectées et Infectées par le VIH/SIDA» asbl (AVVAIS); Non Lucrative National Non – Governmental Organization. It has been established on 5th January, 2000 by the General Assembly at Kigali Town, attended many representatives and members from different Provinces  across Rwanda (Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western). This Local NGO started as a small CBO concentrated in small community. Since that time it has grown to become a national organization with over 6000 members. Nowadays in Kigali alone, there are 2000 members; 1,500 women and 500 men. AVVAIS NGO was formed according to the willingness of the community of vulnerable people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS within the context of a secure and sustainable network of support and compassion. AVVAIS works in support of people living with HIV/AIDS in care and prevention as well as for widows and survivors of the genocide wives of those imprisoned for their role in genocide crimes and people at high risks of HIV infection such as young school girls and sex workers.

 

III. Year of Establishment: AVVAIS NGO established in 2000.

 

  1. Project Activities: The AVVAIS activities started from 2000.

 

  1. Vision, Mission and Goal:

 

5.1 Vision:    AVVAIS visualized a society- HIV Zero infection, socially, economically self-reliant and conscious about basic rights and human dignity.

 

 

5.2: Mission Statement:

 

The mission of AVVAIS is to improve the standard of living and quality of life for vulnerable women infected and affected by HIV and AIDS within the context of a secure and sustainable network of support and compassion. AVVAIS works in support of people living with HIV/AIDS in care and prevention as well as for widows and survivors of the genocide wives of those imprisoned for their role in genocide crimes and people at high risks of HIV infection such as young school girls and sex workers.

 

5.3: Goal: AVVAIS goal is to encourage and support its members to be self-supporting and independent; to encourage and support its members to explore and develop their potential despite their vulnerability and individual histories; to create IGAs (Income Generating Activities) through the processes of micro – enterprises and income generating activities; to council members on HIV and AIDS and work to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by members.

 

  1. National Contact Point: AVVAIS Headquarters,

Gahanga Sector/ Nunga II Cell.

District: Kicyukiro/ Kigali

E-mail: avvaisngo@gmail.com

Website: www.avvais.org.rw.

P.O Box: 167 Kigali – Rwanda.

 

 

VII. Aims and objectives of the Organization:

 

AVVAIS is working towards achieving the following objectives for its members.

 

  • To encourage and support its members to be self – supporting and independent
  • To encourage and support its members to explore and develop their potential despite their vulnerability

And individual histories.

  • To create IGAs (Income Generating Activities) through the processes of micro – enterprises and income

Generating activities;

  • To make Research about HIV/AIDS and to publish Stigma and Discrimination booklets that the AVVAIS may considered desirable or helpful in the prevention against HIV/AIDS in Rwanda and abroad.
  • To council members on HIV and AIDS and work to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by members.
  • To establish, run and support Health Care for OVCs in villages and Health care Center or Clinics, and Schools.
  • To reinforce all other things and activities which are necessary or conducive to attainment of the Organization objectives.
  • To empower women organizations and initiatives, mobilizing, developing capacity and skills and creating provision of inclusion in decision making process in family and community enabling them to become economically and socially independent.
  • To create links between HIV/AIDS community and the climate change phenomenon worldwide
  • To make lobby for funding and support from national and international agencies.
  • To support HV/AIDS discordant households in terms of skills and medical advice through trainings and awareness campaign from Stigma and Discrimination Survey findings by AVVAIS, 2009.
  • To provide skills and advice in HIV prevention among people at high risks of infection such as young school girls and school sex workers.