Sep 13, 2016

GRADUATION YEAR IS UPON US!!

Meeting of the nonprofits
Meeting of the nonprofits

We are so pleased to share information on our very first scholarship graduates!  These young women started their school year in August and will graduate in 2017.  

Bamurange will graduate with a degree in information technology at Independent Kigali University (ULK), Kigali Campus.

Jeanne will graduate with an accounting degree, from Independent Kigali University as well.

Fredine will graduate in IT at Akkilah Institute.

After graduation, the next challenge will be for the graduates to be able to find employment in their chosen field.  In an effort to enhance our program and provide opportunities for our scholarship recipients in the future, we are working with other non governmental organizations in the Kicukiro District.  Our County Director, Safi, met with other organizations in the Kicukiro District that also take care of orphans and families in Rwanda.  Safi Life is hoping to partner not only with other NGOs but also merchanise companies in Rwanda.  One of them is AVEGA Agahozo, a genocide widow's association that merchandises Rwandan products for international sale.  Many of the AVEGA women are fighting against AIDS and it is our desire to be a champion for AIDS/SIDA community members through partnership.   

We have also reached out to one of our inspirations, The Girl Effect, to discuss their pilot program TEGA.  TEGA is a girl operated, mobile-enabled research tool that delivers rapid accurate insight into girls' lives in developing nations.  We encourage our scholarship recipients to join in partnership with TEGA and share their personal insights.

Saif Life is also looking to broaden our community service program and to give back to our community in Kigali.  We have a close relationship with the KULA Project and are hoping to contribute to their tree planting efforts in Rwanda.

Thank you for your continued support for our efforts in Rwanda!  We are so excited to be changing community and individual lives for the better. 

Meeting of the nonprofits
Meeting of the nonprofits
Meeting of the nonprofits
Meeting of the nonprofits
Graduates 2017
Graduates 2017
Jun 13, 2016

Moving in a new direction...

When we first started Safi Life, I was adamant that the foundation's goals should never come from me and my own limited knowledge of what should be done in Rwanda, but instead from the Rwandans themselves.  Our advisors in Rwanda must always be the first to determine our path, as they are the ones who see exactly what their country needs, and what is necessary culturally and economically to ensure lasting change.  

In August, Safi Life will celebrate its fifth anniversary, and we couldn't be more proud.  Amidst many changes, one thing has always remained a constant: the aid and support for our friends in Rwanda comes as a direct response to their needs and requests.  After all, we are here to serve them.  It is Safi Life's belief that the more we listen, the more powerfully we can serve.

As a testament to this belief, we have now agreed to take Safi Life in a broader and even more exciting direction.  In addition to our current scholarship program for female genocide survivors and orphans, Safi, JP, and our Board of Advisors in Rwanda have suggested that we begin to serve the youth and disabled as well.  We will sponsor mentorship programs that encourage entrepreneurship, health education on wellness and HIV prevention, welfare programs, and cross-cultural support for all. 

Our primary focus will of course remain with the vulnerable young women in Rwanda, but we will now also offer support to the generation behind them, and the disabled members of their community.  Safi Life will begin these wellness programs near our office in Kigali City, and expand from there.  It is our hope that Safi Life can become known as a refuge of love and hope for all of our participants, and their community at large.

Thank you for walking with us on this journey.  We appreciate you every step of the way!

Mar 18, 2016

Welcoming Our Newest Team Member

Kasey Henderson
Kasey Henderson

Safi LIfe is pleased to announce the addition of our organization's newest team member, Kasey Henderson.  Kasey plans to begin working full time for Safi Life upon her college graduation this spring.  We couldn't be more thrilled, and would love to take this opportunity to introduce you to her!

Kasey is a senior at USC studying in the Price School of Public Policy with an emphasis in Nonprofits and Social Innovation. In addition to studying at USC, Kasey also spent a semester abroad with Semester at Sea, an experience that reinforced her love for cross-cultural connections. Kasey's passion for social change was sparked after spending a summer volunteering in Zanzibar, Tanzania. She has since returned to sub-Saharan Africa to continue her volunteer work, looking for ways to promote social change both at home and in the global community. Some of her projects include: working on a documentary film about three incredible Tanzanian women fighting in their communities to uplift and better the lives of others, volunteering with One Heart Source, a nonprofit focused on education and HIV awareness in both Tanzania and South Africa, as well as working with local education centered nonprofits based in Los Angeles.

After multiple experiences working in schools both abroad and in the states, Kasey realized how important education is to the success of any community or individual. She is excited to be a part of an organization that is promoting women's education globally. Her dream is to see women around the world empowered and given equal and fair access to education and bright futures.

Safi Life will grow and mature with the kind of love, attention, and devotion that a full time employee can offer.  We're so glad that it's Kasey.  We're also so grateful for your (our donor's) continued support for our scholarship recipients in Rwanda.  It's a beautiful gift, the gift of education, and we promise you every dollar is cherished beyond belief.

 
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