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.