By Rachel Olstein Kaplan - Director of Volunteer Services
First Lady Kagame Greets ASYV students
The students at Agahozo-Shalom returned to the village in mid-August to start their third and final semester of the year. So much has happened in the past month!
With the help and generosity of a group of students from Bet Elazraki High School in Israel, Agahozo-Shalom now has a beautiful new bike shed, and several bikes for the students to use. Not only are these bikes an incredible convenience, but the students are learning valuable life skills about how to assemble, care for and maintain the bicycles.
This past week, the Village also officially opened its amphitheater which has a beautiful view overlooking Lake Mugesara. The amphitheater features beautiful public art by the students of the village, and is painted with the quote,
"Akuzye Umutima Gasesekara Kumunwa", or "Restoring the Rhythm of Life" in Kinyarwandan.
Finally, Jeannette Kagame, the First Lady of Rwanda, came to visit the village on September 23. The students performed music and dance in her honor and she spoke glowingly of the village.
You can read more about her visit here:
The students are getting ready for midterms. And new long-term volunteers and students are getting ready to come to the village in December. By then, we will have 375 students at Agahozo-Shalom!
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