Mar 11, 2015

Safi Life's transformation!

Safi Life scholarship recipients
Safi Life scholarship recipients

It's a whole new day!  

Safi Life is thrilled to announce that we have been revisioning our nonprofit to maximize donor interest!  With the help of fellow nonprofit organizations, our mentors at NCF, and our friend Joe Garcia at the wonderful organization Root Radius, Safi Life is taking on a whole new vibe.  In fact - we're chanigng our name!  Instead of continuing to tack the word "Foundation" on to end of our name, we're going to simply be known as "Safi Life".  No, we're not going to be The Artist Formerly Known As SLF with a symbol... but we ARE going to be more effective in telling our unique story of giving!  

When the word "Foundation" is included, many people are under the false assumption that we are a family foundation with loads of funds to give out.  That simply is not the case -- we are a team of donors, you included, determined to make changes for women in Africa through university scholarships.  It takes a village, not just a small group.  You are part of our village!

Secondly, we're designing a whole new website and social media campaign.  Clear, crisp, professionalism is the key here.  We're so excited and hope you are too!  The unveiling of safilife.org is only weeks away.

Our girls are busy in school, thriving and acing exams! The final revisioining piece, which we're most excited about, has to do with our students and the scholarships themseleves - the most important part!  We are now implementing a community service aspect to the scholarships, where our girls will be giving of their time each month to mentor a fellow female orphan, in grade or secondary school.  This way, the commitment to excellence and thirst for knowledge will be passed on generationally in Rwanda.  Additionally, donors visiting safilife.org will have the ability to sponsor a specific girl, for less than a cup of coffee a day, all the days of her university program.  Those who choose this route versus one time gifts will have the ability to communicate via hand written letters to their scholarship recipient!  

Safi Life is looking forward to these next steps, and will be sure to keep you updated along the way.  Until then, continued blessings on your life and gratitude for ALL that you do to ensure a woman's place in Rwanda is that of education, leadership, and promise for the future.

L to R: Fredine, Florence, Bam, Safi, Esther
L to R: Fredine, Florence, Bam, Safi, Esther
Dec 8, 2014

The Holidays Are Looking Bright

We at The Safi Life Foundation are always grateful, every day of the year.  However, this holiday season is looking EXTRA bright, and we are excited to celebrate the good news with our donors and friends!!

Upon our return from Rwanda, we were introduced to many other people who have a heart for East Africa.  Since our plan is to eventually sponsor women from the surrounding nations such as Uganda and Kenya, our mission is all-encompassing and not regionally specific.  This plan has opened a lot of doors of interest; new friends and donors can share their diverse experiences in East Africa and remain encouraged that they can help SLF, too!

One of these new friends is the wonderful Dana Floyd of Atlanta, Georgia.  Dana and her co-worker Dan Glaze have turned out to be fabulously suppportive: SLF's biggest new cheerleaders!  These two angels work for the National Christian Foundation (NCF) and have huge hearts for East Africa.  Their mission over the past two months has been to encourage SLF and help us thrive.  The NCF has taken us on with open arms, allowing us to be more financially secure and capable.  Donors may now give on our website and proceeds will go to NCF versus PayPal, who took a larger cut of our donated funds.  (GlobalGiving donations are always encouraged as well!)  Through NCF, nonliquid assets are also now acceptable, and NCF can even process stocks!  This is all very exciting and promising in regard to year end donations.

We currently have ten girls in school (pictures of them and their families are attached), and we are also now providing a food stipend so that they can study hard instead of worrying about where their next meal is coming from!  We continue to give 100% to the girls in Rwanda, but that model will change soon as we have taken on an incredible student fundraiser, Audrey Emerson, who will be provided with a small stipend for her work.

This holiday season, we hope and pray you are well and with those who love you.  Please remember how grateful SLF is for your support.  We are lucky to know you. 

For more stories on our ten scholarship recipients this year, visit thesafilifefoundation.org.

Sep 5, 2014

Home From Rwanda -- And Back In Action!

Surprise at the airport
Surprise at the airport

This summer The Safi Life Foundation team members and a film crew went to Rwanda to begin filming our documentary about the progress made since the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.  Our piece is mainly focused on hope for the future, and the ways in which leadership, education, and female advancement in Rwanda have aided in the process of reconciliation and progress. 

We were surprised at the airport by all of our 2013 scholarship recipients: Safi herself, Bam, Jeanne, Jeannette, Fredine, and Assumpta.  They brought us flowers and jewelry and many tears were exchanged.  They remained with us through much of the trip, and we even got to tour Kigali Independent University where Bam and Fredine attend school!  It was lovely to see our donor's dollars put to work, and how much a college education means to these incredible young women and their families.

In Rwanda the annual income is $750USD per year, and many universities cost up to $900.  Therefore it is nearly impossible for many parents, espeically with multiple children, to afford college.  Some we met had to sell their entire farm, or their cow, which is a priceless commodity in Rwanda, in order to get their child into college.  Education is a top priority there, as we learned from our lunch with President Kagame on the final day.

The most heart wrenching fact of all, however, is many people don't have parents, or much of a family at all, due to the genocide.  So anyone who might have been able to help these young adults attend college has passed away.  That's why we are here, and that's why we do what we do.  The Safi Life Foundation is honored to now be sponsoring ten girls who were genocide survivors and lost one or both parents in the atrocities.  In the future, our focus will be shifting to orphans who are socially and intellectually qualified and deserving of a university education.

We cannot thank you enough for your continued love for these amazing young women.  They are the future of Rwanda, the future of Africa.  Their hearts are strong and so are they, and we will continue to do whatever we can to support them.

Until next time...

Safi and Devon reunited
Safi and Devon reunited
Lunch with President Kagame
Lunch with President Kagame
Fredine in her backyard
Fredine in her backyard
Beautiful Rwanda
Beautiful Rwanda
 
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