Nov 26, 2018

Our Season Of Gratitude

In this season of reflection on the values of both love and gratitude, we at Safi Life are expressly grateful for the achievements over the past year made possible by YOU - our incomparable donors.

In 2018 alone, we have been able to put two new scholarship recipients in university in Rwanda, sponsor two students from a likeminded orphanage to go to college in Kenya, and educate 50 young women through NDASHOBOYE, our new program that teaches self-sufficiency, self-respect, and skills. Because of these skills, the young women are able to feed their families and keep them all off the streets of Rwanda.

Our initiatives are only beginning, and we cannot wait to see what the new year will bring forth. We plan to fundraise for NDASHOBOYE again for a 2019 program to help 50 more young women.  There are thousands of women living on the streets who need our help, however, so our work is in its beginning phases and we need all the support we can get.  Please consider giving a year-end, tax-deductible donation. 100% goes to the women of Rwanda.

Attached are photos of this year’s major achievements. We give thanks for each person who reads these messages, for each person who gives of their finances, for each person who prays for the women and orphans of Rwanda and walks alongside us to better their lives. We cannot thank you enough.

Happy holidays to you and yours. 

Aug 27, 2018

NDASHOBOYE Summer Graduation

Graduation Day
Graduation Day

In July 2018, Safi Life Rwanda celebrated the graduation of students from our six month knitting and tailoring program! The program, entitled NDASHOBOYE (meaning "I am able/capable"), helped the students to learn vocational skills and gain knowledge for future business careers. Most of the young women were taken in from a life on the streets, thereby escaping an uncertain future. Given certificates of completion, graduates thanked Safi Life and donors for the gift of education, and the opportunity for a better life. 

Several Rwandan delegates were guests in the celebration of the graduates, including members from the Ministry of Gender and Family, National Children’s Commission, district delegates, and members from various civil society organizations. Addressing the major issues surrounding young women, Madam UWABABYEYI Bernilde introduced the importance of work done by Safi Life in providing girls with life experience and opportunity. Moving forward, Madam encourages women to be innovative, and market themselves for the expanding Rwandan economy. Offering words of wisdom, she then congratulated the recent graduates and highlighted her gratitude for Safi Life. The district delegate of the Gahanga sector also offered thanks to Safi Life for assisting many young women and providing the skills needed to be successful. 

Moving forward, Safi Life is working on new NDASHOBOYE recruitment in the Nyarugenge District, hoping to inspire and support more young women to better their futures. It is our hope to see such an amazing class of graduates in 2019 as we continue to support the education and personal growth of our students! We are extremely proud of our recent graduates, wish them the best throughout their careers, and can’t wait to see what they accomplish!

The university school system is also just beginning, and we have our two undergrads Zoula and Safi enrolled, and are also looking to sponsor a few genocide survivors by the spring semester.  As always, your financial and emotional support is very much appreciated!!

Safi (Namesake & County Director)
Safi (Namesake & County Director)
Safi Life alumni on NDASHOBOYE Graduation Day
Safi Life alumni on NDASHOBOYE Graduation Day
NDASHOBOYE graduates
NDASHOBOYE graduates
Guest Speaker at NDASHOBOYE graduation
Guest Speaker at NDASHOBOYE graduation
May 29, 2018

For our friend

Dear generous donors,

We write to you with some sad news.  Safi has informed us that a fellow genocide survivor and orphan girl in Rwanda has recently become paralyzed for life due to a car accident.  Since her parents are no longer with us, she has gone to live with her aunt in the Ngoma District and is currently between her aunt's and the local hospital.  Unfortunately, they have VERY limited resources to take care of her at all.

Could you please give what you can today so that we can send for some immediate relief to this family?  Any little bit will help.  We will keep you updated in the next newsletter on the assistance you provide and how it is helping!

Thank you so much for your generosity in this special case.  We certainly cannot help everyone, but a genocide survivor's position is already so difficult, without a lifetime of supervision and care that she does not have the resources for.  Please help us to help her.  

Photos are attached of Safi's recent visit with her and her aunt.

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In other recent news, we are happy to announce that the NDASHOBOYE project is running very smoothly!  Our ladies have been learning new skills every week, and we have bought more sewing machines for their use thanks to your loving donations!  We have rescued numerous girls from a life on the street, and helped them in their quest to better their lives and eventually earn an education.

Attached are a couple photos of them enjoying the lessons of the day, and their newfound friendships.

Lastly, this fall we are counting on at least two new university scholarships for female genocide survivors thanks to a generous Rwandan donor, now living in NYC. We have been actively collecting applications for eager students, and assessing their school history and passion for a university education and career.  Hopefully, however, we will be able to sponsor even more than two!  A university education in Rwanda is only $700 per year, so if you'd like to sponsor a student on your own, or give a donation of $300 or more, we will happily set you up with a student to correspond with and encourage.  For details, email info@safilife.org

Thank you for your continued support, and have a wonderful summer!!!

Please help and give what you can
Please help and give what you can
NDASHOBOYE
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