Grace Rwanda

MISSION

To provide educational support for the children and youth of Rwanda by building collaborative partnerships and sharing resources, skills and funds and educating about Rwanda in North America.

VISION

Every child and youth in Rwanda has the opportunity to live in a supportive, vibrant, literate and healthy community. We believe that equal opportunity to universal education is essential to building this kind of community.

WHO WE ARE

Grace Rwanda is a volunteer-run Canada registered charity founded in Langley, B.C. in 2009 by two genocide survivors and members of the Rwandan Diaspora, Elizabeth Mujawamalia Johnson and Marie-Louise Kaligirwa. We frequently work in partnership with Rotary Clubs in both Rwanda and Canada, as some of our members are Rotarians. Grace Rwanda's goal is to bring literacy to Rwanda's youth to help them succeed in rebuilding their country. Books are scarce in Rwanda, and expensive. So, since 2011, we have built six mini-libraries in Rwandan schools to give students access to reading materials. We have also renovated one of these schools in Rwinkwavu, and built a kitchen facility there that feeds more than 1,500 students. In 2013, we created our first community youth centre library in Rwanda's Muhanga District. Our next goal is to supply books to all 87,000 students in Muhanga as well as in 20 youth centres across the country. We've launched our Let's Read Together Mini-Libraries campaign at Toonies4Change.org to fund our efforts. Please join us in bringing literacy to Rwanda, one book at a time.

New Ventures

January 10, 2018  |  General  |  No Comments

Whew!!  The website doesn’t get updated for a few weeks and there is SO much to tell.  Not only do Elizabeth and Paul promote literacy and minister to their community, they also support the Rwandan people in other ways.  Their most recent project was the training of 28 women and 2 men through the Kimisagara  Youth Centre in entrepreneurship

This training was to prepare for the launch of a sewing and knitting self sustaining initiative to empower these ladies. Through this initiative Grace Rwanda will launch Days for Girls where they will start their recyclable hygienic pads project aimed to support other girls/women who miss school or stay home while menstruating.

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This initiative is about promoting gender equality and basic human rights for girls and women in Rwanda so they can participate fully in society with no limitations.

 

The group that participated in this endeavour received a free hygienic kit thanks to The Riverside Calvary Chapel Sewing Bees (http://riversidecalvary.com) and Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise (https://portal.clubrunner.ca/799). They made and donated over 500 kits that are being distributed throughout Rwanda as a pilot project for needs assessment.

This project will be undertaken through an existing partnership between Grace Rwanda/Ineza Foundation and The Ministry of Youth in the 10 libraries that have been established.  These libraries will include a small children’s corner to allow patrons who are mums with young children to come in and work while their children enjoy the books.  This is a true example of how the literacy project is promoting gender equality!!

Showing off their projects!!

 

 

Librarian Trainers Workshop

October 26, 2017  |  Events  |  No Comments

On August 16 and 17 our Canadian librarians held a workshop for more than 30 people who are working in the various community libraries across Rwanda.

Eager students

They spent the days showing everyone the many aspects of running a library, including:

  • The importance of reading
  • How to effectively market your library to encourage new patrons
  • How to organise your library to maximize efficiency
  • How to develop library programs

The workshop was a huge success and everybody left with some ideas to take back to their libraries.  It was such a positive and uplifting experience for everybody involved.

Setting Up Libraries

October 25, 2017  |  General  |  No Comments

 

Sorting books

The always amazing Elizabeth Johnson along with her fantastic husband Paul, had the four trainers (Mieke and Robin Wishart, Mary-Jo Ohl, and Erica Taylor) on the go from the moment they landed at the Kigali Airport – no time for jetlag for this group!!

Organising and shelving

 

 

The team spent many days at several different libraries helping to sort, organise, and shelve books that were generously donated by Grace Rwanda.  It was hard work but well worth all the effort.

 

The team was very lucky to always have amazing people to help with the hard work of setting up libraries.

 

 

A job well done!!

 

 

 

 

Canadian Library Trainers in Rwanda

October 25, 2017  |  General  |  No Comments

Leaving from Vancouver airport

It has been awhile since the last post but a LOT has happened!  On August 4th, four Canadians (including three professionally trained  librarians) flew to Rwanda to help set up libraries and do a two day training workshop for all of the library workers throughout Rwanda.

Rwanda library training

June 13, 2017  |  Events  |  No Comments

Canadian librarians joining Grace Rwanda, Ineza foundation in training community librarians in Rwanda.

Support this team by clicking on the Donate button or on the gofundme page.

Spring News from Rwanda

April 18, 2017  |  General  |  No Comments
Muhanga FC

Muhanga FC

During the first quarter of 2017 much has been accomplished on the field in Rwanda. The 40’ container arrived safely allowing the team in Rwanda to start sorting and distributing books and sports equipment in establishing the next 16 District Youth Center Libraries. Our sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to the 2016 and 2017 shipments. All individuals and corporates such as Riverside CC, CC Kelowna, Power to Change, MCC Centre, RR Plett Trucking, KMS Tools, Lantrax North America Logistics, Rotary Club Langley Sunrise, Royal Heirs, International Christian Response, Canada Soccer, and others for donating items and financial support.

Your Support Is Highly Appreciated!

Thank you

Thank you

Grace Rwanda & Ineza Foundation are undertaking a Librarian Training project this summer. A team of three Librarians is coming to tour Rwanda to train Librarians on basic library management. Support this project follow the Team Go Fund Me page or DONATE through Grace Rwanda online or send a cheque to:

Grace Rwanda Society
#13, 19889 96th Ave. Langley, B.C.,
V1M 3C7 Canada.