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.

Training Workshop

July 4, 2019  |  General  |  No Comments

This September librarian sisters, Robyn and Erica Taylor, will be traveling from Vancouver, BC to help Grace Rwanda set up more children’s reading corners throughout Rwanda. During the three weeks they will be there the sisters will also be facilitating a two day training workshop where they will be showing the Rwandan librarians the importance of early childhood literacy and various ways they can promote that in their reading corners.

T In order for the librarians to be able to participate in this beneficial workshop, they will require the funds necessary for their travel, food, and lodging. With your generous support, Grace Rwanda will be able to help them learn new skills that will benefit all Rwandans. Please go to our donate page and help out – no amount is too small!! Thank you everyone for your generous support!

Shipping Container to Rwanda

February 24, 2019  |  General  |  No Comments

Exciting news!! Through the tireless efforts of Elizabeth and Paul, Grace Rwanda was able to secure the funding to get another shipping container sent from Vancouver to Rwanda!!

Container arriving – ready to be loaded!!
Starting the loading process.

No matter the weather, the team was ready to load up!!

Christmas in Rwanda

December 20, 2018  |  General  |  No Comments

Grace Rwanda Society wishes you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2019!!

Here is a beautiful video of Christmas in Rwanda  taken in the amazing capital city of Kigali.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported our work in Rwanda. With your generous support we have achieved so much, including:

  • 25,000+ books were received from UK thanks to Book Aid International
  • 35,000 books have been distributed into community libraries
  • 34 women graduated from Work For Life entrepreneurship training and are ready for new businesses
  • 3 children’s reading corners are serving 500 children & youth a week
  • 23 new community libraries were completed serving 1,200 children daily in 20 districts
  • 2 containers were shipped to Rwanda, with one in the process of being loaded in the spring of 2019
  • 500 Women’s Monthly Hygienic Recyclable Kits are in use in Rwanda, with 500 Days for Girls sample kits ready to be shipped out in 2019
  • 38 community librarians were trained for ongoing librarian management
  • 1,800 soccer jerseys were distributed to 100 youth teams

Exciting News!!

July 4, 2018  |  General  |  No Comments

Grace Rwanda is receiving a shipment of 26, 306 books from Book Aid International!!   Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity and they have generously donated thousands of books to be delivered to Kigali at the end of July.  While these books are free and the shipping is free, there is still a cost to Grace Rwanda.  It costs about $600 USD for the clearance into Kigali, as well as the cost of renting trucks to bring the books to the Gisozi warehouse.  There is also the cost of labour to hire people to load and unload the trucks and then to sort and stock the shipment once it has arrived at the warehouse.  Altogether Grace Rwanda is needing to raise approximately $1200 USD to get these books.  If anybody can donate it would be greatly appreciated!!  Don’t forget that donations are eligible for a tax receipt!

Please help these wonderful children continue to enjoy the wonders of reading!!

Game time!

July 2, 2018  |  General  |  No Comments

The children who attend Elizabeth and Paul’s Sunday services love sports so much that they have dedicated the last Saturday of every month as sports day!

The founder of Rulindo soccer center, coach Crallene, helps with coaching the kids.

Reading club

A volunteer from Japan helps with the sports day.  The kids enjoy touching her hair and being carried like a baby on her back!!

Sunday Services

July 2, 2018  |  General  |  No Comments

Heartfelt apologies for not updating the website sooner.  It has been far too long since it has been done and it is NOT because there has been nothing going on!  Elizabeth and Paul continue to be as busy as ever!!

As you can see, the Sunday services are still going strong and growing week by week.

A cover was made for the front of the building so that everyone stays safe rain or shine!!