Trócaire was set up in 1973 as a charity to express the concern of the Irish Catholic Church for the suffering of people living in the world’s poorest regions. Trócaire envisages a just and peaceful world where people’s dignity is ensured and rights are respected; where basic needs are met and resources are shared equitably; where people have control over their own lives and those in power act for the common good. Trócaire works with local and church partners to support communities in over 20 developing countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America & the Middle East with a focus on food and resource rights, women's empowerment and humanitarian response.
Trócaire started working in Rwanda after the genocide in 1994. Following on from this humanitarian work, we continued to help the country’s poorest people to improve their livelihoods. Since 2002, Trócaire's work in Rwanda has focused on reducing poverty and promoting peace and reconciliation, and accountable governance. Since June 2015, Trócaire Rwanda, in collaboration with Caritas Rwanda, has provide emergency support to Burundian refugees in Rwanda, especially vulnerable groups, namely new and single mothers, and people with disabilities or chronic diseases.