COPORWA, formerly known as CAURWA (translated as the Indigenous Community of Rwanda), is a non-governmental organization for the Community of Potters of Rwanda. COPORWA was…
Our Mission is to promote the respect of the rights, the social and economic integration of the community of the potters within the Rwandan society…
Our Vision is a country without discrimination nor marginalization, where the socio-economic, political, civic and equal cultural rights of every citizen are equal.
Policy analysis and advocacy
COPORWA analyzes and identifies gaps in government policies and carries out research to provide evidence for advocacy. Under this program, we launched PEMI-IHURIRO (Policy Engagement for Marginalized Inclusion) which was funded by the European Union from 2013 to 2015. Additionally, in 2011 we launched Public Policy Implementation Monitoring and Advocacy (PPIMA), with the help of…Read More
Education, Gender and Health
Education Since 1995, COPORWA has supported children from the Potters Community. Now we have 700 students who have completed secondary school, 70 students who have graduated from University, and 200 individuals who have completed vocational training in partnership with the Government of Rwanda. However, over 50% of adults in the Potter Community are illiterate. Gender…Read More
As an organization which aims to defend human rights, COPORWA deals with many human rights issues including landlessness, land dispossession, women’s rights, among many others.Read More
Culture and Environment
Culture Traditional dancing and pottery are the most distinct aspects of the Potters’ culture. Pottery has become a primary way for HMPs to earn a wage. Potters still continue to engage in traditional dancing, but not as widely as they used to, especially given that in the past this was a way for them to…Read More
Our Teams Members
Munyeshuri Jean DonaldPresident/Board
Bavakure VincentExecutive Director
Frequently Asked Question
COPORWA (Community of Potters of Rwanda) is former CAURWA (Communautés des Autochtones du Rwanda), CAURWA changed into COPORWA for political reasons in 2006 for more details contact us.
Batwa was ethnic among 3 ethnics of Rwanda before Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi in 1994, but basing on the reason that ethnic caused the divisionism which brought Rwandans to Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi in 1994, where we lost more than one million people, we no longer mention Ethnics That is how the new constitution of Rwanda doesn’t allow people to mention ethnics for that reason Batwa are known by the new constitution of Rwanda as Historically Marginalized people (HMPs)
Basing on their history HMPs of Rwanda live by traditional Potters that is the reason why they are known as potters of Rwanda.
COPORWA-NPA PARTNERSHIP (2020-2024) PROJECT TITLE: PUBLIC POLICY INFORMATION, MONITORING AND ADVOCACY (PIMMA) The Public Policy Information Monitoring and Advocacy project (PPIMA) is a civil society support project whose overall goal is to achieve a democratic society with equitable social justice for all Rwandan citizens. Due to the lack of interest from civil society organizations and…Continue Reading