Project #13175

Restore the Rhythm of Life for 500 Rwandan Youth

by Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village
Vincent Kalimba, Village Director
Vincent Kalimba, Village Director

Following Jean-Claude Nkulikiyimfura's appointment to the position of Executive Director, a new Village Director was needed. Vincent Kalimba was chosen after an exhaustive search, and we're very excited to have him on board. Professionally and personally qualified, Mr. Kalimba is the perfect replacement for Jean-Claude.

Himself a returned refugee, Mr. Kalimba identifies strongly with our students. Like so many of them, Mr. Kalimba suffered severe hardships in his childhood, and like so many of them, he found a better future through education and service. After attending the Lycee de Kigali and the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Mr. Kalimba enjoyed a noteworthy career in youth empowerment.

When asked how his career eventually led him to Agahozo-Shalom, Mr. Kalimba answered that he could relate to our students, and that he was "extremely impressed" when he visited last year. Since he has come to work for Agahozo-Shalom, Mr. Kalimba's view of the Village has only improved, asserting that "it is absolutely true that ASYV is more than just a village. It is a home, a family for many." With such strength of conviction, we believe that Mr. Kalimba will be a great help to Agahozo-Shalom, now and in the future.

In the coming months and years, Mr. Kalimba hopes to accomplish a great deal, with goals ranging from the development of partnerships with relevant institutions to instilling a culture of entrepeneurship among students and alumni. With his dedication, and your continued support, we have no doubt that Mr. Kalimba and the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village will succeed.


In other news from Agahozo-Shalom, we received confirmation in February that our Ingenzi grade students had passed their national exams with flying colors.

Following four years of hard work, combined with the high-quality education system offered here in the Village, we are proud to announce that 120 of our 122 students passed! Furthermore, 83% of them passed in two or more subjects, meaning they are now eligible for scholarships at any university in Rwanda.

Before arriving in the Village, many of our students lacked the education, motivation, and confidence required to achieve the outstanding results we've seen. Liquidnet Family High School principal, Bonaventura Mujeneza remarked, "One of the main factors behind the academic success of ASYV students is their background. ASYV admits students based upon their vulnerability rather than academic competence...The students embrace all the opportunities available to them and develop a positive spirit of competition, which in the end culminates into their success."

We would like to give special congratulations to the following students:

  • Grace, who scored 100% in her exams and is ranked 1st in Rwanda for Economics and 7th for Arts
  • Johnson Clever, who scored 100% in his exams and is ranked 6th in Rwanda for the MCP (Math, Computer, Physics) combination.
  • Christian, who is ranked 9th in Rwanda for Economics.

From all of us at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, thank you again for your continued support. Without you, our success would not be possible.

Liquidnet Family High School
Liquidnet Family High School
Johnson Clever
Johnson Clever


On Thursday the 14th of January, the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village happily celebrated the graduation of its fourth graduating class.  We are extremely pleased to have seen over 500 students pass through our gates and transform into socially responsible citizens. This also means we have as many students that have graduated with us as are currently on their path to a brighter future in the Village. The Alumni of ASYV are continuing to learn, grow and thrive.  Currently, 250 ASYV alumni are currently attending university in Rwanda, and 41 are studying abroad.  

The graduation was highlighted by a powerful and inspiring speech by alum Maxim Iryumugaba.  "After the genocide, nobody could ever have expected this (Rwanda) could be a land of so much promise. The ASYV is playing a critical role in the transformation of the country and the world is beginning to take note. The Village taught us to open our minds and understand that we live in a connected world where our actions can influence those around us."

Visit the ASYV Blog to see more pictures and read all about Graduation Day.  Thank you for making this success possible!




While Rwanda leads the world in example through a high representation of women in political positions, gender inequality continues to be a prevalent issue throughout the education system. 

In fact, girls were only allowed to go to school 34 years after formal education began for boys in Rwanda. Since then, there have been incredible advancements, but there continues to be a wide gap between female and male students, especially in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Rwanda is committed towards building a future where women and men have equal opportunities, however this dream cannot be realized when the girls of today have only male role models to look up to in the fields of “hard sciences”.

 It is for this reason, amongst many, that Agahozo-Shalom is proud to welcome our new Science Center Coordinator, Josiane ISHIMWE. 

Josiane recognized her passion for science during Secondary School where the first lady awarded her computer-training classes at Tumba College for earning the highest marks in the Western Province of Rwanda. She went on to study at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, where in addition to working at various companies, she also volunteered as a mentor for the Imbuto foundation and for Maranyundo Girl’s School.

 “(For a woman to be Science Center Coordinator) I can be a reality for them. Students can see that studying science and technology is really possible for a woman,” states Josiane ISHIMWE

Josiane is excited to begin her role as Science Center Coordinator at ASYV, where she can combine her interest of science, with her love for education. Your continued support enables the Village to grow and develop programs such as The Science Center, that equip our students for life outside of Agahozo-Shalom. 


While we try to teach our children all about life, 
they teach us what life is all about. 
--Angela Schwindt
Dear Friends,
June 16th is one of the most meaningful dates on the Agahozo-Shalom calendar. It commemorates the birth day of ASYV Founder, Anne Heyman, and also honors the International Day of the African Child. I can't help but think that it's not a coincidence that they share a date on the calendar. 
This newsletter, like our work, focuses on the children who make up the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. To some, the odds our kids face may seem insurmountable - but they see opportunity. Our kids are resilient. Our kids areincredible
In this issue:
  • Read how our Village staff dedicated a day to our kids
  • Learn how corporate partner Liquidnet is lending a hand to support our kids
  • See how a shipping container filled with donated materials brought 500 smiles to our children's faces
  • Discover what success means as our incredible kids establish themselves after graduation 
  • Apply to the 2016 Village Fellows Program and experience a life-changing year in Rwanda.
Thank you for supporting our kids and being part of their journey as they evolve from being some of the most vulnerable and insecure children to good, caring, responsible citizens of the world, with the power to strengthen their own communities.  
Your ongoing engagement, advocacy, and support enables us to pursue our goals of helping some of the most vulnerable kids in Africa. Together, we have the power to transform the lives of kids in Rwanda who are most in need. On behalf of our Board, staff, and every single one of our amazing kids and graduates, thank you for celebrating our children. 
My very warmest wishes,
Danielle Burenstein, Executive Director


"Family is the most important thing in the world.
--Princess Diana
Dear Friends,
May 15th marks the "International Day of Families," so this newsletter is paying homage to all of you who make up the Agahozo-Shalom umuryango, or family. Thank you for giving the time and resources that allow Agahozo-Shalom kids to evolve from being some of the most vulnerable and insecure children to good, caring, responsible citizens of the world, with the power to strengthen their own communities.  
We simply couldn't do it without you!
Your commitment and support enables us to pursue our goals of helping some of the most vulnerable kids in Rwanda. Agahozo-Shalom represents the power of people from around the world coming together as a family to create a solution to a serious challenge. The potential significance of Agahozo-Shalom reaches far beyond Rwanda, as this project has immense capacity for replication and profound impact
As we forge ahead toward the Summer months, we ask that you continue to stand with us, celebrate the many accomplishments and successes that we have had, and help us take on the many challenges to achieve our mission, knowing that our work has the power to transform the lives of kids in Rwanda who are most in need. On behalf of our Board, staff, and every single one of our amazing kids and graduates, thank you for being a part of the Agahozo-Shalom family. 
Warmest wishes,
Danielle Burenstein, Executive Director
Stand Up & Be Counted NEW YORK CITY 2015
May 4th was a special night of celebration and generosity
Photos from the event can be seen here.
The Village Times 
Term 1 Was All About Giving Back to the Community
Read about the happenings in the first term here
The Sunlight Times
ASYV's Student Newspaper 
Read The Sunlight Times, Term 1 here



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Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
William Dale
New York, NY United States
$9,311 raised of $12,000 goal
115 donations
$2,689 to go
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