Children
 Rwanda
Project #13175

Restore the Rhythm of Life for 500 Rwandan Youth

by Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

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!

 

 

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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. 

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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

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"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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The Indatwa Class of 2014
The Indatwa Class of 2014
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" 
--Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Dear Friends,
We honored a hero in January with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (FUN FACT: did you know there is a family home named after MLK, Jr. in the Village?), and we celebrated those we love in February with Valentine's Day. What better way of tying the two together than to say to each and every one of you that because of the love you have given to the Agahozo-Shalom Family, YOU are our hero. We simply couldn't do it without you!
Your support enables us to pursue our goals of helping some of the most vulnerable kids in Rwanda. Thank you for being our partners, advocates, friends, and supporters. 
As we forge ahead toward the Spring 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. We hope that you'll be able to join us at our 7th-Annual Stand Up & Be Counted benefit on May 4th in NYC. Details are below.  
Thank you for being our partners. Together, we can!
Warmest wishes,
 
Danielle Burenstein, Executive Director
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Stand Up & Be Counted NEW YORK CITY 2015
Save the date for a special night of celebration and generosity
Sponsorship response forms can be downloaded here.
Invitations will be forthcoming. Learn more here

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Solar Field & Tony Blair
East Africa's first grid-connected and utility-scale solar field is now online 
Agahozo-Shalom was proud to host the ceremonial ribbon-cutting for Gigawatt Global's solar field on Thursday February 5th, and host a very special VIP, in town to tour the field on February 12th - Tony Blair. 
Read about the grand opening here
Read about Tony Blair's visit here

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The Class of 2018
Agahozo-Shalom's 7th Class Has Moved Into the Village
No one can dispute the fact that Agahozo-Shalom is a beautiful place. However it is not the scenery that really makes ASYV beautiful, but the students that fill the Village with youthful liveliness, ambition, and insurmountable hope. This is why all of the staff was overjoyed when they welcomed the Class of 2018 to their new home in January. 
Read about the start of the school year here
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Congratulations Indatwa Grade, Class of 2014
ASYV Hosted its 3rd Graduation Ceremony
On January 8th, the Village celebrated its third graduating class - Indatwa Grade. Indatwa is a Kinyarwanda word that most closely resembles the term role model in English, or "people with a good attitude and high achievements whom you can learn from." 
Read about the celebratory event here.
Watch a VIDEO here
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In Memory of Anne
January 31st marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic passing of Agahozo-Shalom's Founder, Anne Heyman. Everyone who was lucky enough to have met her knows what a truly inspiring and passionate woman she was.  The creation of Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village was only made possible through her tireless hard work and dedication to helping others. Reflective of her kindred spirit, the Village decided to commemorate her life through a Village-wide Tikkun Olam volunteer project. 
Click here to learn more. 
Watch a VIDEO about the event here

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Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.asyv.org
Project Leader:
Barrett Frankel
Development & Communications Manager
New York, NY United States
$7,431 raised of $8,000 goal
 
94 donations
$569 to go
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