Restore the Rhythm of Life for 500 Rwandan Youth

 
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"Family is the most important thing in the world.
--Princess Diana
Dear Friends,
May 15th marks the "International Day of Families," so this newsletter is paying homage to all of you who make up the Agahozo-Shalom umuryango, or family. Thank you for giving the time and resources that allow Agahozo-Shalom kids to evolve from being some of the most vulnerable and insecure children to good, caring, responsible citizens of the world, with the power to strengthen their own communities.  
We simply couldn't do it without you!
Your commitment and support enables us to pursue our goals of helping some of the most vulnerable kids in Rwanda. Agahozo-Shalom represents the power of people from around the world coming together as a family to create a solution to a serious challenge. The potential significance of Agahozo-Shalom reaches far beyond Rwanda, as this project has immense capacity for replication and profound impact
As we forge ahead toward the Summer months, we ask that you continue to stand with us, celebrate the many accomplishments and successes that we have had, and help us take on the many challenges to achieve our mission, knowing that our work has the power to transform the lives of kids in Rwanda who are most in need. On behalf of our Board, staff, and every single one of our amazing kids and graduates, thank you for being a part of the Agahozo-Shalom family. 
Warmest wishes,
 
Danielle Burenstein, Executive Director
Stand Up & Be Counted NEW YORK CITY 2015
May 4th was a special night of celebration and generosity
Photos from the event can be seen here.
The Village Times 
Term 1 Was All About Giving Back to the Community
Read about the happenings in the first term here
The Sunlight Times
ASYV's Student Newspaper 
Read The Sunlight Times, Term 1 here

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The Indatwa Class of 2014
The Indatwa Class of 2014
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" 
--Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Dear Friends,
We honored a hero in January with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (FUN FACT: did you know there is a family home named after MLK, Jr. in the Village?), and we celebrated those we love in February with Valentine's Day. What better way of tying the two together than to say to each and every one of you that because of the love you have given to the Agahozo-Shalom Family, YOU are our hero. We simply couldn't do it without you!
Your support enables us to pursue our goals of helping some of the most vulnerable kids in Rwanda. Thank you for being our partners, advocates, friends, and supporters. 
As we forge ahead toward the Spring months, we ask that you continue to stand with us, celebrate the many accomplishments and successes that we have had, and help us take on the many challenges to achieve our mission, knowing that our work has the power to transform the lives of kids in Rwanda who are most in need. We hope that you'll be able to join us at our 7th-Annual Stand Up & Be Counted benefit on May 4th in NYC. Details are below.  
Thank you for being our partners. Together, we can!
Warmest wishes,
 
Danielle Burenstein, Executive Director
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Stand Up & Be Counted NEW YORK CITY 2015
Save the date for a special night of celebration and generosity
Sponsorship response forms can be downloaded here.
Invitations will be forthcoming. Learn more here

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Solar Field & Tony Blair
East Africa's first grid-connected and utility-scale solar field is now online 
Agahozo-Shalom was proud to host the ceremonial ribbon-cutting for Gigawatt Global's solar field on Thursday February 5th, and host a very special VIP, in town to tour the field on February 12th - Tony Blair. 
Read about the grand opening here
Read about Tony Blair's visit here

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The Class of 2018
Agahozo-Shalom's 7th Class Has Moved Into the Village
No one can dispute the fact that Agahozo-Shalom is a beautiful place. However it is not the scenery that really makes ASYV beautiful, but the students that fill the Village with youthful liveliness, ambition, and insurmountable hope. This is why all of the staff was overjoyed when they welcomed the Class of 2018 to their new home in January. 
Read about the start of the school year here
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Congratulations Indatwa Grade, Class of 2014
ASYV Hosted its 3rd Graduation Ceremony
On January 8th, the Village celebrated its third graduating class - Indatwa Grade. Indatwa is a Kinyarwanda word that most closely resembles the term role model in English, or "people with a good attitude and high achievements whom you can learn from." 
Read about the celebratory event here.
Watch a VIDEO here
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In Memory of Anne
January 31st marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic passing of Agahozo-Shalom's Founder, Anne Heyman. Everyone who was lucky enough to have met her knows what a truly inspiring and passionate woman she was.  The creation of Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village was only made possible through her tireless hard work and dedication to helping others. Reflective of her kindred spirit, the Village decided to commemorate her life through a Village-wide Tikkun Olam volunteer project. 
Click here to learn more. 
Watch a VIDEO about the event here

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behind every face is a story: meet Jean Pierre
behind every face is a story: meet Jean Pierre
Dear Friends,
The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village family wants to take this moment to thank YOU. We know that your support enables us to pursue our goals of helping some of the most vulnerable kids in Rwanda. Thank you for being our partners, advocates, friends, and supporters. 
As we are grateful and proud of the many accomplishments and successes of this past year, we continue to take on the many challenges to achieve our mission, knowing that our work has the power to transform the lives of kids in Rwanda who are most in need. We view our opportunities as challenges, and our challenges as opportunities.
Change in the developing world takes time. We want to mark all of our accomplishments with appreciation for the devotion you have given to the work we do. 
Thank you for being our partners and happy holidays. Together, we can!
Warmest wishes,
Danielle Burenstein, Executive Director
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Feelin' Full of Thanks
2014 Was Filled With Tremendous Achievements

Our students, faculty and staff were able to accomplish great things and keep Anne's vision and legacy alive and moving forward. This forward momentum is thanks to friends, advocates, and supporters like YOU.  Thank you for making all of our achievements possible during the past year. Read about them here

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Village Fellows
Murakoze Cyane 2014 Cohort, Murakaza Neza 2015 Cohort
It is not an overstatement to say that everyone in the Village will miss the 2014 cohort of Village Fellows. Hands-down, the group has been voted as the best we've had to-date (no offense former Fellows!). They've left big shoes to fill for the 2015 cohort. Meet the incoming Fellows here
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Donations Are On Their Way!
Q: Where in the world is ... the ASYV shipping container?!
A: Somewhere in the middle of the ocean!  Thank you to everyone who donated new and gently used items for the Village! A team boxed up all of the items at the end of October, loaded the shipping container (below) and sent them on their way to Rwanda! Estimated arrival date: End of December. See photos here.  
Want to coordinate a donation drive in your community? Learn how you can help by clicking here.  
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De-Stigmatizing Ebola

No East African country has had a single case of the Ebola virus.

 

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Murakoze cyane (thank you so much) for your personal commitment to making a difference!

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot

As you enter the Village gates, you are greeted with one of the Village mottos, "If you see far, you will go far." With the help of the ASYV family, every child has the opportunity to see far - to sit somewhere, look far in the distance over the Land of a Thousand Hills, and say, "There's no limit to where I am going.

Our ability to move our vision forward is critical to the millions of vulnerable and marginalized youth in Rwanda - kids for whom Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village is a last chance. Thanks to YOU, our Village and kids are thriving. 

2013 was another meaningful year for ASYV, full of progrss and hope. The progress we've made so far is a testament to where we are going. Click on the pdf below to view the Annual Report.  

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A Note From Our Village Director --

If I could describe this term in one word it would be, intense. The second term is the longest of the year, spanning about 14 weeks. These weeks are packed with a variety of different activities for both students and staff. We had three major projects this term - the Stand Up & Be Counted fundraisers that took place in New York City, Boston, and here in the Village for our rst-ever Stand Up & Be Counted Rwanda. We knew these events would be different than in past years because of the loss of our dear friend, founder, and Grandmother to the kids, Anne Heyman. We prepared a larger group of kids than in past years to attend the events in the United States. As a result of these kids’ hard work and with the support of our contributors we were able to raise over one million dollars. These back-to-back events were amazing successes!              

We also hosted our own Stand Up Rwanda on July 10th. We reached our goal for raising close to $100,000 dollars. I am so humbled by our community of supporters who saw Agahozo-Shalom as a place worth investing in. Stand Up & Be Counted Rwanda was amazing because we knew it was something that Anne really hoped to bring to fruition. She always articulated the importance of reaching out to the Rwandan community and Rwandan nationals to raise awareness about the ASYV. Anne wanted to give the Rwandan people the opportunity to invest in the future of Rwanda through supporting the youth of ASYV. We believe that $100,000 was a solid target and we are proud that we achieved this goal. On top of all of this, Rwanda’s First Lady, Her Excellency Jeannette Kagame, was the guest of honor at the event. This is a demonstration of the very strong support we are receiving from the First Lady as well as from the President of Rwanda, Mr. Paul Kagame, who was the keynote speaker at the graduation of our Urumuli Grade in 2013.   

Additionally, we are proud that some of Anne’s other dreams have been realized through new business initiatives taking root in Rwanda. The rst of which is the solar project that lies just behind the Liquidnet Family High School, within the property limit of the ASYV. The project brought 250 jobs to local Rwamagana residents who work on the site, including some ASYV graduates. The solar plant will provide about 8.5 megawatts, which is approximately 8% of the energy in Rwanda. This shows the great impact that ASYV is having on the surrounding community and the ripple effect that reaches far beyond our gates. The second is the creation of See Far Enterprises, a Business Product Outsourcing company in partnership with UST Global. ASYV graduates will comprise 50% of See Far’s incoming workforce. They will work for this company to hone their professional skills and emerge as valuable and experienced laborers.

The goal for next term is to focus on making sure that we complete the year successfully. More specically, I am talking about the kids’ academic performances. We are preparing our Senior 6 students (12th grade) to take the national exam, and we hope they will perform as strongly as the previous graduates. We want all of our students to nish their year with academic marks that show their improvement. Next term will be a much calmer term in comparison to this past one. We want to consolidate and digest everything that has taken place in the past 14 weeks. The rst term was marked by the death of our dear founder and the second term was overtaken by the commencement of some major projects. Next term we will refocus our efforts on why we’re here - the kids and their education.   

Sincerely,

JC Nkulikiyimfura

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