Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) established in 1989 was registered on 26th July, 2013 as a national non-governmental organization legally operating in Rwanda with legal personality No. 69/05 under law No. 04/2012 of 17/02/2012 governing the organization and functioning of non-governmental organizations and was officially gazetted by the Republic of Rwanda as Year 55 No. 08 of 22nd February 2016. RNUD brings together all categories of Deaf persons i.e. Deafblind person and was formed purposefully to unite and raise awareness about needs of Deaf persons. RNUD envisions a Rwanda where all Deaf Rwandans are able to exercise their fundamental human rights at all levels. To achieve this, RNUD lobbies and advocates for accessible and inclusive quality services [in particular inclusive education, inclusive health, inclusive employment and economic empowerment]. Two crosscutting themes are brought forward: promotion of human rights of Deaf persons and Rwandan Sign Language training and learning to solve communication gaps. RNUD currently operates in 23 out of 30 Districts of Rwanda.
Deaf people in Rwanda face a complex web of problems ranging from social, economic, cultural and developmental difficulties, negative attitudes by society towards Deaf people, communication barriers. Poverty further degrades Deaf people’s attainment of dignity and unity and access to jobs and education in their communities and this limits their full enjoyment of the fundamental human rights entitled to all human beings. RNUD is dedicated to advocating for the equal opportunities of Deaf Rwandans and for their human rights as set out in National and international law.
RNUD is a member of the National Union of Disabilities Organisations of Rwanda (NUDOR), Umbrella of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in the fight against HIV/AIDS and for Health Promotion (UPHLS) and is affiliated to the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD).