There are 2.8 million orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda today. They cannot think beyond their next meal, let alone dream about the future. At our core, Agahozo-Shalom is about the future of our kids. We believe in them and, more importantly we have restored their belief in themselves. This belief is fundamental, not only for building their futures, but for ensuring the future of Rwanda.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In 1994, Rwanda suffered a devastating genocide leading to many social hardships. One of the leading issues lingering throughout the country is a high number of orphaned children and vulnerable youth. Despite this catastrophe, the country defies the odds as it rebuilds itself into a thriving and stable country. At ASYV, we preserve the value of Rwandan culture through our Rwandan staff and educators and by creating an inextricable link to our local community.
How will this project solve this problem?
Modeled after Yemin Orde, an Israeli youth village established in 1953, which originally cared for orphans from the Holocaust, ASYV is a place where "tears are dried" (signified by the Kinyarwanda word, agahozo) and where vulnerable youth can "live in peace" (from the Hebrew word, shalom). ASYV's model combines three essential elements to encourage our youths' intellectual and emotional growth: Loving support of a family; A structured education; Enriching extracurricular programs.
Potential Long Term Impact
In Rwanda, there is hope in the form of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. The Village offers a holistic approach to healing the trauma of vulnerable children, providing them with a warm and loving environment. An environment in which they live, learn, heal, and dream. An environment where they can prepare for a hopeful future. The result is a whole and healthy individual who, with the help of a new family, believes in themselves and learns to make contributions to their community and the world.
Total Funding Received to Date: $3,125
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,375
Total Funding Goal: $4,500