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.

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.

Grace Rwanda Wishes You Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017

December 26, 2016  |  General  |  No Comments

We would likchristams-card-poste to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.   At the same time, we would like to update you on what the contributions received during this last year have accomplished by Grace Rwanda Society in partnership with its local sister organization, Ineza Foundation, a registered Rwandan Non Government Organization. Together we are changing the lives of children and youth in Rwanda.

Completed Projects 2016

The Johnson’s Moving to Rwanda

Grace Rwanda’s board member’s Paul and Elizabeth Johnson, relocated to Rwanda in January 2016, with the first container shipment, allowing them to initiate the opening of GR’s office and operations and open numerous community libraries. They since returned to Canada in October- November 2016 to load their second 40-foot container shipment of books, which will arrive in January-February 2017 allowing them to launch the next ten District Youth Center Libraries.

Literacy Project

Grace Rwanda is committed to improving the literacy of children and Youth in Rwanda; therefore, library-postthey continue to initiate District Youth Center Libraries.

  • Kimisagara Youth Center in Kigali City
  • Bugesera Youth Center in the Eastern Province
  • Rwamagana in the Eastern Province
  • Karongi in the Western Province

The benefits of these libraries are to provide reading materials, dictionaries, and other educational materials by placing them in the hands of the children and youth that were not previously available. These libraries benefit children and youth by giving them a resource center and help them expand their knowledge, intellect and imagination.

Outreach Activities

GR is committed to expanding partnerships with other stakeholders in promoting a reading culture in Rwanda. GR joined the Rwanda Reads platform and participated in various literacy activities in collaboration with other partners.

  • International Language & Culture day: GR in partnership with MINESPOC hosted tent-booths where various local schools learned about what GR is doing in promoting local language books and local youth writers and publishers.
  • Gisozi Reading Summer Camp: GR hosted a week long reading camp for 100 children and youth with the purpose of educating and providing extra reading and fun events for children and youth during school break.
  • International Literacy Day: GR hosted a booth at the International Literacy Day joining other partners in celebrating and sharing the achievements in promoting a reading culture in Rwanda.
  • Street Book Carnival: GR in partnership with the Esperance Organization hosted four events during the literacy month of September in:
    • Muhanga Youth Center in the Southern Province
    • Rwamagana city in the Eastern Province
    • Car Free Zone in downtown Kigali City in partnership with Save the Children and Rwanda Children Book Forum

Gisozi Eco Lodge Social Enterprise Project:

As part of sustainable development initiative, GR is developing the Gisozi location for a community multipurpose hall that will be used for GR and Ineza office, training & literacy activities for communities.

dwc-postWe want to thank Developing World Connections Teams: August and December 2016. The August Team installed the perimeter fence surrounding the upper lot of the Gisozi site, and the second team made 3,000 cement bricks for the multipurpose hall. One brick at a time, the team also built a security guard house, which will serve to secure the lower part of the plot, a green zone area that is being developed to make experimental community gardens to be used to train local farmers to maximize production on their land for personal food.

Please consider contributing to Grace Rwanda Society for Literacy and Community Projects, to enrich children and youth, the hope of Rwanda. Our goals for 2017:

  • Host six literacy outreach events
  • Complete the multipurpose hall at Gisozi
  • Open ten District Youth Center Libraries in five Provinces
  • Complete the Gisozi plot horticulturally for community urban kitchen garden training

Join us to make a difference, Donate.

It is our hope that with your kind and generous support we all can help children and youth make a big difference in Rwanda.

From all of us at Grace Rwanda Society,

We wish you a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017