Children need the love and support of a family to thrive. When a family isn't stable, due to societal trauma or personal tragedy, a youth village can fill the gap. Through healing, education, and love, the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) empowers orphaned and vulnerable Rwandan youth to build lives of dignity and contribute to a better world.
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.
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.