Rweru Village is a rural village that is called a “Reconciliation Village”. “Reconciliation Villages” arose from
the aftermath of the devastation of the country due to the horrific mass murder of the Tutsi tribe during the
Rwanda Genocide in 1994 by the Hutu tribe. In these villages, offender families and victim families live
side by side and in peace. All have gone through a therapeutic healing program where repentance,
forgiveness, and reconciliation has occurred through applying Biblical principles. The process can be long
and difficult, but the hard work has paid off. Still these are very impoverished villages and the work
continues to help the people become more self-sufficient through education, various forms of farming and
vocational training, parenting skills, and discipleship.
There is no well in this village. The current water source is a small lake approximately one mile from the
village. Water-related illness is common such as bilharzia (schistosomiasis – a disease caused by
parasitic worms), cholera, and amoeba adversely affecting children and adults. Occasionally adults have
drowned in the lake while fetching water, when the lake is high during the rainy season. Five people lost
their lives in 2017.