Education
 Rwanda
Project #14540

University Scholarships for Women in Rwanda!

by The Safi Life Foundation
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Over the last couple of months we have been working very closely with Safi Mukundwa, our County Director in Rwanda, to devise a plan for Safi Life's future endeavors.  

One of our programs, designed by Safi, is a health initiative for pre-teen and teenage Rwandan girls.  Since so many young Rwandan women are not aware of their own reproductive system due to cultural hesitations, Safi has offered to begin a mentorship program.  This will not only teach girls about their bodies and their health, but allow them to stand up for themselves and stay in school.  Our college scholarship recipients will also be aiding in this process, and we are currently looking for a classroom space for the talks.

Additionally, we have spoken with a sister organization whose work resides in Rwanda and is interested in teaming up with us.  We will hopefully have more information on this partnership in the coming months, but are looking forward to working with a new network of people.  The partnership might also provide us with the opportunity to sponsor women who have been trafficked, something that has been a long term goal for Safi Life.  

Safi Life has also just completed its second annual holiday fundraiser! (photos included) This year we chose a low key and fun event space, PINZ Bowling Center in Los Angeles, and were accompanied by over 50 of our closest friends and local supporters.  

It is times like these that remind us how very important relationships are, especially in the nonprofit sector.  In many instances our events, fundraisers, and projects only succeed if our friends pitch in to help on our behalf: volunteering, spreading the word, giving of their time and talents.  When trying to do anything at the lowest possible cost, favors become essential.  Safi Life is blessed to be surrounded by warm hearted individuals, all working for the benefit of the organization, and giving their all.

It is the same with our donors - without your optimism and spirit we would be nowhere.  Especially around the holidays, it is important to us that we thank you wholeheartedly for your generous support and love for the women of Rwanda.

We truly hope that you enjoy the holiday season with friends and loved ones, and look forward to sharing the successes of 2017 with you.

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Meeting of the nonprofits
Meeting of the nonprofits

We are so pleased to share information on our very first scholarship graduates!  These young women started their school year in August and will graduate in 2017.  

Bamurange will graduate with a degree in information technology at Independent Kigali University (ULK), Kigali Campus.

Jeanne will graduate with an accounting degree, from Independent Kigali University as well.

Fredine will graduate in IT at Akkilah Institute.

After graduation, the next challenge will be for the graduates to be able to find employment in their chosen field.  In an effort to enhance our program and provide opportunities for our scholarship recipients in the future, we are working with other non governmental organizations in the Kicukiro District.  Our County Director, Safi, met with other organizations in the Kicukiro District that also take care of orphans and families in Rwanda.  Safi Life is hoping to partner not only with other NGOs but also merchanise companies in Rwanda.  One of them is AVEGA Agahozo, a genocide widow's association that merchandises Rwandan products for international sale.  Many of the AVEGA women are fighting against AIDS and it is our desire to be a champion for AIDS/SIDA community members through partnership.   

We have also reached out to one of our inspirations, The Girl Effect, to discuss their pilot program TEGA.  TEGA is a girl operated, mobile-enabled research tool that delivers rapid accurate insight into girls' lives in developing nations.  We encourage our scholarship recipients to join in partnership with TEGA and share their personal insights.

Saif Life is also looking to broaden our community service program and to give back to our community in Kigali.  We have a close relationship with the KULA Project and are hoping to contribute to their tree planting efforts in Rwanda.

Thank you for your continued support for our efforts in Rwanda!  We are so excited to be changing community and individual lives for the better. 

Meeting of the nonprofits
Meeting of the nonprofits
Meeting of the nonprofits
Meeting of the nonprofits
Graduates 2017
Graduates 2017

When we first started Safi Life, I was adamant that the foundation's goals should never come from me and my own limited knowledge of what should be done in Rwanda, but instead from the Rwandans themselves.  Our advisors in Rwanda must always be the first to determine our path, as they are the ones who see exactly what their country needs, and what is necessary culturally and economically to ensure lasting change.  

In August, Safi Life will celebrate its fifth anniversary, and we couldn't be more proud.  Amidst many changes, one thing has always remained a constant: the aid and support for our friends in Rwanda comes as a direct response to their needs and requests.  After all, we are here to serve them.  It is Safi Life's belief that the more we listen, the more powerfully we can serve.

As a testament to this belief, we have now agreed to take Safi Life in a broader and even more exciting direction.  In addition to our current scholarship program for female genocide survivors and orphans, Safi, JP, and our Board of Advisors in Rwanda have suggested that we begin to serve the youth and disabled as well.  We will sponsor mentorship programs that encourage entrepreneurship, health education on wellness and HIV prevention, welfare programs, and cross-cultural support for all. 

Our primary focus will of course remain with the vulnerable young women in Rwanda, but we will now also offer support to the generation behind them, and the disabled members of their community.  Safi Life will begin these wellness programs near our office in Kigali City, and expand from there.  It is our hope that Safi Life can become known as a refuge of love and hope for all of our participants, and their community at large.

Thank you for walking with us on this journey.  We appreciate you every step of the way!

Kasey Henderson
Kasey Henderson

Safi LIfe is pleased to announce the addition of our organization's newest team member, Kasey Henderson.  Kasey plans to begin working full time for Safi Life upon her college graduation this spring.  We couldn't be more thrilled, and would love to take this opportunity to introduce you to her!

Kasey is a senior at USC studying in the Price School of Public Policy with an emphasis in Nonprofits and Social Innovation. In addition to studying at USC, Kasey also spent a semester abroad with Semester at Sea, an experience that reinforced her love for cross-cultural connections. Kasey's passion for social change was sparked after spending a summer volunteering in Zanzibar, Tanzania. She has since returned to sub-Saharan Africa to continue her volunteer work, looking for ways to promote social change both at home and in the global community. Some of her projects include: working on a documentary film about three incredible Tanzanian women fighting in their communities to uplift and better the lives of others, volunteering with One Heart Source, a nonprofit focused on education and HIV awareness in both Tanzania and South Africa, as well as working with local education centered nonprofits based in Los Angeles.

After multiple experiences working in schools both abroad and in the states, Kasey realized how important education is to the success of any community or individual. She is excited to be a part of an organization that is promoting women's education globally. Her dream is to see women around the world empowered and given equal and fair access to education and bright futures.

Safi Life will grow and mature with the kind of love, attention, and devotion that a full time employee can offer.  We're so glad that it's Kasey.  We're also so grateful for your (our donor's) continued support for our scholarship recipients in Rwanda.  It's a beautiful gift, the gift of education, and we promise you every dollar is cherished beyond belief.

Our scholarship recipients
Our scholarship recipients

On Saturday, Safi Life held our very first Holiday Fundraiser. It took place at Lillith's Corner, a new (month old!) venue for parties and events, in Los Angeles, California. It was a magical night of entertainment, delicious food, meeting new friends, and welcoming old.

The combined ambiance of the event space and the wonderful holiday decorations, supplied even more fun for our raffle and silent auction. We were blessed to receive donations that ranged from an exclusive weekend trip to services from local businesses. How exciting it was to watch as the raffle ticket numbers were announced! Our silent auction was held online enabling people who could not attend to still be a part of the festivities. As our guests migrated upstairs for drinks and hot cocoa, each of our current students' biographies were available for our guests to learn more about each young woman on a personal level. As many in attendance wanted to know more about the history of our foundation, we had an informative video that highlighted our mission, and an interview with our Safi.

The goal was simple for this event. Raise enough funds to enable our 10 current students to attend one more year of college. With over 60 people in attendance, we are excited to report that we were able to raise over $2,000.00! There are still donations that have been made on our site, which we will be anxious to share with you at a later date. We could not have achieved this successful evening without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Their passion to support our organization is a continued inspiration! We, at Safi Life, all volunteer our services so that our students will receive 100% of the donations for their scholarship education.

During this holiday season, please consider taking a look at our website, www.safilife.org, to learn more about our mission. There are many ways to be involved in making a difference in even one young woman's life. Education is the key to providing a successful future. Thank you for being a part of this journey! We have included a few pictures of our event!! ENJOY! We wish you and your family a holiday filled with peace and love.

The mission
The mission
Our raffle table
Our raffle table
Devon and Jessica enjoying the photo booth
Devon and Jessica enjoying the photo booth
Devon, our Executive Director, with guests
Devon, our Executive Director, with guests
Devon, with Jessica, our Outreach Coordinator
Devon, with Jessica, our Outreach Coordinator
 

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The Safi Life Foundation

Location: Burbank, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.thesafilifefoundation.org
Project Leader:
Devon Ogden
Burbank, CA United States

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