Stories For Hope Rwanda

Stories for Hope's mission is to to promote non-violence, healing, and reconciliation, among youth whose families were ruptured in the 1994 genocide. By re-catalyzing intergenerational storytelling, and building capacity for the country to sustain this time-honored cultural practice, we hope to help interrupt patterns of violence across many generations, and help re-build a more positive legacy for the newest generation of young leaders.
Feb 29, 2012

Closing Report

Dear Friends,

Many thanks to you all for donating generously to Stories For Hope Life Melodies.  This was an endeavor to deliver some business skills to  a group of orphans living at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village.  They are Senior Five students who will leave the Village by the end of this year, and strike out on their own.  Carried out by Carol Sewell and Chad Cumberworth, the project contributed not only to individual students, but to the business and professional skills curriculum being crafted at the Village. 

The Life Melodies project is completed.  We appreciate the help you gave us, and encourage you to continue your support on Global Giving.  There are many, many worthy projects, and you can be rest assured that your dollars made a difference.




Patricia Pasick,

Director, Stories For Hope Rwanda

Sep 26, 2011

Update on trip to the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village

During the first week of September, we visited the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village where we taught 48 students (equivalent in age to U.S. 11th grade students) on basic business and financial skills.  The students were members of the Village's Business Club and were all interested in learning more about starting and operating a business and/or going on to University to continue their studies.  We spent a great deal of one on one time with each of the students during our time there.  These kids are considered the most vulnerable orphans in Rwanda as most of them lost at least one parent in the 1994 Genocides.  Spending time with the kids was a very rewarding experience and I think it is safe to say we learned as much, if not more, from them than they learned from us.  They are some of the most hardworking, dedicated and kind group of young people we have ever met.  Our goal is to continue to stay involved with the students as they begin their final year of school at the Village and hopefully provide them assistance as they transition into the next phases of their lives after they graduate next year.