By Barrett E. Frankel - Development & Communications Manager
"Family is the most important thing in the world."
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.
By Barrett Ellyn Frankel - Development & Communications Manager
The Indatwa Class of 2014
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
By Barrett Frankel - Development & Communications Manager
behind every face is a story: meet Jean Pierre
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!
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.
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.
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.