Rwanda is a small landlocked country in east-central Africa that is striving to rebuild its economy after the ethnic strife of the mid-1990s. Tea and coffee are among its main exports.
In the UN's Human Development Index, Rwanda is ranked at 163 out of a total 188 countries. Life expectancy is 54 years for men, 57 years for women.
The country has struggled with its legacy of ethnic tension associated with the traditionally unequal relationship between the Tutsi minority and the majority Hutus. In 1994, an estimated 800,000 people were killed in the government-sponsored genocide.
CBM has been working with partners in Rwanda since 1992, preventing blindness, improving health and helping people with disabilities go to school, earn a living, access health care/rehabilitation and secure respect in their communities. In 2016, CBM sponsored the Rwandan women's sitting-volleyball team, who became the first African side to compete in the Paralympic games in this event.