Project #14540

University Scholarships for Women in Rwanda!

by The Safi Life Foundation

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,, 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

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, 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!


Safi Life is pleased to announce the launch of our partnership with Every Ella (!  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 -- 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!!  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 :) 


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The Safi Life Foundation

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

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