Children  Rwanda Project #13175

Restore the Rhythm of Life for 500 Rwandan Youth

by Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village Vetted since 2008 Staff Favorite Site Visit Verified


There are 2.8 million orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda today. Many cannot think beyond their next meal, let alone dream about the future. At our core, Agahozo-Shalom is about the future of our kids. We believe in them and we have restored their belief in themselves. This belief is fundamental to building their futures and the future of Rwanda.

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Rwanda suffered a devastating genocide in 1994, leading to many social hardships. One of the primary issues still facing the country is a high number of orphaned children and vulnerable youth. Many live in poverty, sheltered by guardians who cannot afford a regular supply of food or clean water, let alone school fees and medical expenses. Although Rwanda has made strides in providing its youth with access to education, about 70% of Rwandans are still unable to enroll in secondary school.


Modeled after Yemin Orde, an Israeli youth village established in 1953 to care for orphans of the Holocaust, Agahozo-Shalom is a place where "tears are dried," signified by the Kinyarwanda word "agahozo," and where vulnerable youth can "live in peace," from the Hebrew word "shalom." Agahozo-Shalom combines four elements to encourage our students' growth: the loving care of a family, a structured education, enriching extracurricular programs, and front-line medical and psycho-social support.

Long-Term Impact

The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village represents hope for Rwanda's most disadvantaged. The Village offers a holistic approach to healing the trauma of vulnerable children, providing them with a warm and loving environment. An environment in which they live, learn, heal, and dream. The result is a whole and healthy individual who, with the help of their new family, believes in themselves and learns to contribute to their community and the world.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Matthew Matola
New York, NY United States
$31,553 raised of $50,000 goal
364 donations
$18,447 to go
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