Project #13175

Restore the Rhythm of Life for 500 Rwandan Youth

by Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village


There are 2.8 million orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda today. They 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 ensuring the future of Rwanda.
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In 1994, Rwanda suffered a devastating genocide 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's model combines three essential elements to encourage our youths' intellectual and emotional growth: Loving support of a family; A structured education; Enriching extracurricular programs.

Long-Term Impact

In Rwanda, there is hope in the form of The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. 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. An environment where they can prepare for a hopeful future. The result is a whole and healthy individual who, with the help of a 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:/​/​
Project Leader:
William Dale
New York, NY United States
$12,636 raised of $25,000 goal
160 donations
$12,364 to go
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