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Aug 10, 2016

Students of The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Pascal-Claudien
Pascal-Claudien

The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village is home to 524 students, all of whom have developed some really remarkable talents during their time in the Village. Pascal-Claudien, also known as N-Pac, is one such student. A member of the current Senior 5 Class, or 11th Grade, Pascal-Claudien loves visual art, and he's known for spending nearly all of his free time sketching, drawing, and painting. In this report, we have decided to share with you a bit more about students like Pascal-Claudien, students whose health and happiness are possible because of your generosity. We hope you enjoy getting to know them.

Pascal-Claudien credits his mother with his love of art. After she passed away, Pascal-Claudien says that he "wanted to discover the reason why it was such a passion of hers." Thanks to the Village's art room and encouraging instructors, Pascal-Claudien indicates that coming to the Village allowed him to do just that. He says that he has "flourished as an artist," learning to do "exciting things with [his] artwork - things [he] could never have dreamed of before." He adds that in the Village, the artistic process is therapeutic, and that it gives him hope for the future. Now, Pascal-Claudien plans to study art at university, and we have every confidence that he will do amazing things.

Another accomplished Senior 5 student is Aimable. While Pascal-Claudien has cultivated a talent for art, Aimable has developed an equally impressive penchant for sport. Football had always been one of Aimable's great loves, so he immediately tried to join the football team when he arrived in the Village. He attended every training session and soon earned a place on the field. Aimable indicates that the Village "helped [him] to improve...because before arriving here [he] had to play with poor equipment," adding that playing on the Village's team taught him "the importance of respect and integrity," and gave him confidence. Now, having led his team to victory in the district cup, Captain Aimable is showing no signs of slowing down.

Finally, we would like to introduce Germaine. A Senior 5 student, Germaine has a strong personal fascination with entrepreneurship. When Principal Mujyeneza informed his students of a national essay writing competition, Germaine decided right away that she would enter an essay entitled, "The Power of Entrepreneurship Education in Rwanda." The Village chose her essay to represent the school, and she won the national competition! Germaine describes her winning essay as her "greatest achievement" at the Village, something accomplished thanks to her own hard work and the "access we have to various opportunities in the Village."

Thank you for taking the time to learn just a bit about some of our village's students. Of course, this was a rather brief look into the lives of only a few. Thanks to your support, the Village has already been able to help nearly 1,100 of such bright young people, and we are eager to continue our work in the months and years ahead. These young people truly are the future of Rwanda, and it is due to your continuing compassion that the Village is able to help them reach their full potential. Once again, murakoze cyane (Thank you very much)!

A Painting by Pascal-Claudien
A Painting by Pascal-Claudien
Aimable
Aimable
Germaine
Germaine

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May 13, 2016

Agahozo-Shalom Welcomes New Village Director and Celebrates Exam Success

Vincent Kalimba, Village Director
Vincent Kalimba, Village Director

Following Jean-Claude Nkulikiyimfura's appointment to the position of Executive Director, a new Village Director was needed. Vincent Kalimba was chosen after an exhaustive search, and we're very excited to have him on board. Professionally and personally qualified, Mr. Kalimba is the perfect replacement for Jean-Claude.

Himself a returned refugee, Mr. Kalimba identifies strongly with our students. Like so many of them, Mr. Kalimba suffered severe hardships in his childhood, and like so many of them, he found a better future through education and service. After attending the Lycee de Kigali and the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Mr. Kalimba enjoyed a noteworthy career in youth empowerment.

When asked how his career eventually led him to Agahozo-Shalom, Mr. Kalimba answered that he could relate to our students, and that he was "extremely impressed" when he visited last year. Since he has come to work for Agahozo-Shalom, Mr. Kalimba's view of the Village has only improved, asserting that "it is absolutely true that ASYV is more than just a village. It is a home, a family for many." With such strength of conviction, we believe that Mr. Kalimba will be a great help to Agahozo-Shalom, now and in the future.

In the coming months and years, Mr. Kalimba hopes to accomplish a great deal, with goals ranging from the development of partnerships with relevant institutions to instilling a culture of entrepeneurship among students and alumni. With his dedication, and your continued support, we have no doubt that Mr. Kalimba and the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village will succeed.

 

In other news from Agahozo-Shalom, we received confirmation in February that our Ingenzi grade students had passed their national exams with flying colors.

Following four years of hard work, combined with the high-quality education system offered here in the Village, we are proud to announce that 120 of our 122 students passed! Furthermore, 83% of them passed in two or more subjects, meaning they are now eligible for scholarships at any university in Rwanda.

Before arriving in the Village, many of our students lacked the education, motivation, and confidence required to achieve the outstanding results we've seen. Liquidnet Family High School principal, Bonaventura Mujeneza remarked, "One of the main factors behind the academic success of ASYV students is their background. ASYV admits students based upon their vulnerability rather than academic competence...The students embrace all the opportunities available to them and develop a positive spirit of competition, which in the end culminates into their success."

We would like to give special congratulations to the following students:

  • Grace, who scored 100% in her exams and is ranked 1st in Rwanda for Economics and 7th for Arts
  • Johnson Clever, who scored 100% in his exams and is ranked 6th in Rwanda for the MCP (Math, Computer, Physics) combination.
  • Christian, who is ranked 9th in Rwanda for Economics.

From all of us at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, thank you again for your continued support. Without you, our success would not be possible.

Liquidnet Family High School
Liquidnet Family High School
Grace
Grace
Johnson Clever
Johnson Clever
Christian
Christian

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Feb 2, 2016

It's All Smiles as We Celebrate Graduation Day

On Thursday the 14th of January, the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village happily celebrated the graduation of its fourth graduating class.  We are extremely pleased to have seen over 500 students pass through our gates and transform into socially responsible citizens. This also means we have as many students that have graduated with us as are currently on their path to a brighter future in the Village. The Alumni of ASYV are continuing to learn, grow and thrive.  Currently, 250 ASYV alumni are currently attending university in Rwanda, and 41 are studying abroad.  

The graduation was highlighted by a powerful and inspiring speech by alum Maxim Iryumugaba.  "After the genocide, nobody could ever have expected this (Rwanda) could be a land of so much promise. The ASYV is playing a critical role in the transformation of the country and the world is beginning to take note. The Village taught us to open our minds and understand that we live in a connected world where our actions can influence those around us."

Visit the ASYV Blog to see more pictures and read all about Graduation Day.  Thank you for making this success possible!

 

 

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