Restore the Rhythm of Life for 500 Rwandan Youth

 
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While we try to teach our children all about life, 
they teach us what life is all about. 
--Angela Schwindt
 
Dear Friends,
June 16th is one of the most meaningful dates on the Agahozo-Shalom calendar. It commemorates the birth day of ASYV Founder, Anne Heyman, and also honors the International Day of the African Child. I can't help but think that it's not a coincidence that they share a date on the calendar. 
This newsletter, like our work, focuses on the children who make up the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. To some, the odds our kids face may seem insurmountable - but they see opportunity. Our kids are resilient. Our kids areincredible
In this issue:
  • Read how our Village staff dedicated a day to our kids
  • Learn how corporate partner Liquidnet is lending a hand to support our kids
  • See how a shipping container filled with donated materials brought 500 smiles to our children's faces
  • Discover what success means as our incredible kids establish themselves after graduation 
  • Apply to the 2016 Village Fellows Program and experience a life-changing year in Rwanda.
Thank you for supporting our kids and being part of their journey as they 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.  
Your ongoing engagement, advocacy, and support enables us to pursue our goals of helping some of the most vulnerable kids in Africa. Together, we have 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 celebrating our children. 
My very warmest wishes,
 
Danielle Burenstein, Executive Director

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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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Barrett Frankel

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New York, NY United States

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