Education
 Rwanda
Project #14540

University Scholarships for Women in Rwanda!

by The Safi Life Foundation
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
Bam
Bam

We are so blessed to have had international photographer Bobby Neptune photograph our girls and their families, and in this newsletter, we believe the photos will speak for themselves regarding the INCREDIBLE work you are contributing to in Rwanda.

Thank you, our donors, for your continued support of these exceptional young women and their families as they strive for a better life through a college education.

Safi Life headquarters will also now be operating out of New York City, with an office in Los Angeles and another in Kigali, Rwanda.  We hope that by expanding our network we will expand our operation and Safi Life's growth potential.  It is our goal to have hundreds of girls in college full time throughout Africa and the Middle East.

We are also looking to form a potential partnership with Kepler.org, a new educational system that offers courses online and in the classroom in the devleoping world, and offers an American accredited degree for the same tuition as Rwandan degrees.  It will of course, always, be up to the scholarship recipients to decide for themselves what school they wish to attend.  We are here to serve them!

Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts.

Have a beautiful day, and enjoy the beginning of fall!

Family
Family
EveryElla.com
EveryElla.com

Safi Life is pleased to announce the launch of our partnership with Every Ella (www.everyella.com)!  Every Ella is a BRAND NEW clothing line, (by women, for women) opening June 8th, 2015, that gives $3 of every item sold to a charity working for girls and women.  Safi Life is so proud to be chosen as Every Ella's very first charity partnership!  If you'd like to shop for the women in your life, or get a great shirt for yourself, please visit EveryElla.com -- and spread the word!!!

Please note that buying clothing from Every Ella is not a direct donation to Safi Life or our partners at GlobalGiving!! If you are interested in direct donation, we would love your support via our project on GlobalGiving! 

In other news, international photographer Bobby Neptune has signed on to work with Safi Life as we endeavor to capture our beautiful scholarship recipients and their families on camera.  Last weekend Bobby visited our students in Rwanda and spent an entire day taking stunning, professional photographs to be used by us all year round.  We can't wait to show you some in our next project report!  The Safi Life team is optimistic that the addition of quality pictures will greatly enhance our social media campaigns, and our brand new website.  

Speaking of our new website, please give us a visit if you haven't already!! www.safilife.org.  With beautiful photography, contemporary design, and three tangible ways you can personally get involved, it's a great place to learn more about our mission, and the scholarship recipients you so lovingly sponsor.

We hope everyone has a great week!  Please don't hesitate to reach out if you'd like to be more involved, or if you have fundraising ideas!  We LOVE feedback, especially from our friends :)  info@thesafilifefoundation.org 

Safi Life scholarship recipients
Safi Life scholarship recipients

It's a whole new day!  

Safi Life is thrilled to announce that we have been revisioning our nonprofit to maximize donor interest!  With the help of fellow nonprofit organizations, our mentors at NCF, and our friend Joe Garcia at the wonderful organization Root Radius, Safi Life is taking on a whole new vibe.  In fact - we're chanigng our name!  Instead of continuing to tack the word "Foundation" on to end of our name, we're going to simply be known as "Safi Life".  No, we're not going to be The Artist Formerly Known As SLF with a symbol... but we ARE going to be more effective in telling our unique story of giving!  

When the word "Foundation" is included, many people are under the false assumption that we are a family foundation with loads of funds to give out.  That simply is not the case -- we are a team of donors, you included, determined to make changes for women in Africa through university scholarships.  It takes a village, not just a small group.  You are part of our village!

Secondly, we're designing a whole new website and social media campaign.  Clear, crisp, professionalism is the key here.  We're so excited and hope you are too!  The unveiling of safilife.org is only weeks away.

Our girls are busy in school, thriving and acing exams! The final revisioining piece, which we're most excited about, has to do with our students and the scholarships themseleves - the most important part!  We are now implementing a community service aspect to the scholarships, where our girls will be giving of their time each month to mentor a fellow female orphan, in grade or secondary school.  This way, the commitment to excellence and thirst for knowledge will be passed on generationally in Rwanda.  Additionally, donors visiting safilife.org will have the ability to sponsor a specific girl, for less than a cup of coffee a day, all the days of her university program.  Those who choose this route versus one time gifts will have the ability to communicate via hand written letters to their scholarship recipient!  

Safi Life is looking forward to these next steps, and will be sure to keep you updated along the way.  Until then, continued blessings on your life and gratitude for ALL that you do to ensure a woman's place in Rwanda is that of education, leadership, and promise for the future.

L to R: Fredine, Florence, Bam, Safi, Esther
L to R: Fredine, Florence, Bam, Safi, Esther

We at The Safi Life Foundation are always grateful, every day of the year.  However, this holiday season is looking EXTRA bright, and we are excited to celebrate the good news with our donors and friends!!

Upon our return from Rwanda, we were introduced to many other people who have a heart for East Africa.  Since our plan is to eventually sponsor women from the surrounding nations such as Uganda and Kenya, our mission is all-encompassing and not regionally specific.  This plan has opened a lot of doors of interest; new friends and donors can share their diverse experiences in East Africa and remain encouraged that they can help SLF, too!

One of these new friends is the wonderful Dana Floyd of Atlanta, Georgia.  Dana and her co-worker Dan Glaze have turned out to be fabulously suppportive: SLF's biggest new cheerleaders!  These two angels work for the National Christian Foundation (NCF) and have huge hearts for East Africa.  Their mission over the past two months has been to encourage SLF and help us thrive.  The NCF has taken us on with open arms, allowing us to be more financially secure and capable.  Donors may now give on our website and proceeds will go to NCF versus PayPal, who took a larger cut of our donated funds.  (GlobalGiving donations are always encouraged as well!)  Through NCF, nonliquid assets are also now acceptable, and NCF can even process stocks!  This is all very exciting and promising in regard to year end donations.

We currently have ten girls in school (pictures of them and their families are attached), and we are also now providing a food stipend so that they can study hard instead of worrying about where their next meal is coming from!  We continue to give 100% to the girls in Rwanda, but that model will change soon as we have taken on an incredible student fundraiser, Audrey Emerson, who will be provided with a small stipend for her work.

This holiday season, we hope and pray you are well and with those who love you.  Please remember how grateful SLF is for your support.  We are lucky to know you. 

For more stories on our ten scholarship recipients this year, visit thesafilifefoundation.org.

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Organization Information

The Safi Life Foundation

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