For our students in Rwanda, the quarantine has been an abrupt shift from the busyness of university life to boredom and isolation. Many of our students have told us they are eagerly looking forward to the time universities will reopen, classes will resume, and they will be able to be with their friends again!
Lydia shares in a video in the link below what her experience of quarantine has been. Besides looking forward to being with her friends again, Lydia said she is looking forward to resuming her Community Impact Project.
While our students are home waiting for restrictions in Rwanda to lift and universities to reopen, we have been hard at work to raise funds to ensure they won't face any further delay due to lack of funding. Your generosity to this project ensures that we are able to provide our students with tuition, room and board, and trainings as soon as their universities reopen.
In 2019, 33 students graduated from our University Leadership program, our largest graduating class to date! Graduation is both a huge milestone, and only the beginning for these bright, young leaders. 70% of our 2019 graduates have already found paying jobs, this is much higher than the national average in Rwanda. Our graduates credit the monthly leadership workshops for giving them the soft skills they need to find employment after graduation. We wanted to share one of those success stories with you!
Joselyne got a paid internship! She is working with an NGO called Health Development Initiative, a center for health and rights. Joselyne works in the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Research department, which educates the community about Sexual Reproductive Health. We know she will have an incredible impact in the community through this new role!
Thank you for supporting the brilliant women in our program. Your generosity provides tuition and training, bring our students one step closer to achieving their dreams. Please continue to support our work and the 34 women currently participating in our program!
When Micha joined our University Leadership Program, she was a shy, quiet girl. By the end of her first year in the program, she was already emerging as a strong empowered leader. The Women's Empowerment Initiative and mentors showed Micha that women, not just politicians, can be leaders too. This has meant the world to her!
Check out the link below to hear more of Micha's story and experience in our program so far!
We share Micha's story hoping she inspires you to donate to our End of Year Campaign. Your gift will make it possible to continue educating, equipping, and empowering other women, just like Micha, who will in turn impact their communities for generations!