AVSI Foundation



AVSI Foundation is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in Italy in 1972. It has been recognized since 1973 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a non-governmental organization for international cooperation (NGO); is registered as a PVO with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); holds General Consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York,  with the UN Children Fund (UNICEF) in New York  and with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna; is an accredited participant of the UN Global Compact and is recognized on the NGO Special List of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

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AVSI is present in 30 developing countries throughout Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia. Main activity areas are education and social development, urban upgrading, healthcare, labor, agriculture, food security and water, energy and environment, humanitarian emergency, migrants and refugees,

Mission: AVSI mission is to promote the dignity of the person through development cooperation activities, with special attention to education, according to the social teaching of the catholic church.

Guiding values  Method

Vision: view is that the challenge of development is about allowing the person to latch on to services that match the real needs. AVSI calls this connection the last mile, fundamental to bridge the gap between the person and the infrastructure.


  1. Centrality of the person: The person is seen as a unique being in his or her fundamental relationships, family and society. The person cannot be reduced to a social category or a limitation such as poverty, disease or disability.
  2. Starting from the positive: Every person and every community represents a potential resource, regardless of their vulnerability. This means valuing and strengthening all that has been made by people and also helping people to understand their own value and dignity.
  3. Doing with: Starting from a relationship with the people to whom the project is directed and building with them on the basis of their development path.
  4. Development of Civil Society and Subsidiarity: Development projects must favor associations, acknowledgment and must value the establishment of intermediate bodies along with responsible and engaged social fabric.
  5. Partnership: Promotion of partnerships with all the actors in the field in order to favor synergies and optimize available resources.

AVSI Rwanda: AVSI-Rwanda is registered at Directorate General of Immigration & Emigration under Reg. N° 57/DGI&E/15.

AVSI has field offices in 5 districts in the Southern (Kamonyi, Nyanza and Ruhango), Eastern (Gatsibo) and Northern (Gicumbi) provinces of the country; where it has developed an OVC extensive program; and intervene in others districts according specific projects.

AVSI’s work in Rwanda follows the traditional AVSI model; working directly with communities and individuals to empower them to become protagonists of their own futures. This on-the-ground, hands-on method has allowed AVSI to become aware of the evolving needs of the communities it serves.

Website address: www.avsi.orgwww.avsi-usa.org

Physical Address:  KG 192st, Kimironko sector, Bibare cell, Inyamibwa village

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3185 Kigali – Rwanda

Directions to find Country Office: near Kimironko market in front of Kimironko Police Station (former Kimironko health center)

Began work in Rwanda in year:  1994

Organization Leadership:

Areas of Operations: 

  • Teacher training
  • Capacity building
  • Access to education
  • Girls education
  • Orphans & vulnerable students
  • Parenting/community education
  • Early childhood education/development
  • Adult literacy
  • Construction
  • Resources & equipment