About Toonies 4 Change

Grace Rwanda is a B.C. registered charity founded in 2009 by survivors of the Rwandan Tutsi genocide. Our mission is help Rwanda overcome its past by ensuring the next generation is educated and able to help rebuild. To do this, we improve youth literacy by boosting access to books.

Rwandan Ministry of Education statistics show there’s one textbook for every three elementary students, and one book for every five secondary students. UNESCO puts the youth literacy rate at 77 per cent. We aim to change that, with your help. We raise funds from the community, with a focus on forming links with Canadian schools through our most important fundraising initiative, called Toonies4Change.

In the fall of 2013, we launched our Let’s Read Together Mini-Libraries program. This fundraising initiative is aimed at linking Canadian schools and students to peers abroad and engaging youth in global citizenship and international aid.

The funds raised from Toonies4Change go to support our new Muhanga schools initiative. In this initiative, Grace Rwanda has pledged to the local government that we will provide a mini-library in a portable book-box to every single class in every single school in this rural district of 350,000 over the next few years.


We are raising money for these school mini-libraries by partnering with Canadian schools to raise money — a Toonie at a time, as each $2 buys one book — to buy these books. The Toonies4Change fundraisers can be coordinated with Grace Rwanda school presentations and in-class lessons about Rwanda, as well as cross-cultural school partnerships between Canadian and Rwandan students. It’s an excellent way for teachers and school administrators to foster student leadership, global responsibility and humanitarianism. Learn more about our Toonies4Change schools projects on our schools page.

Our $87,000 Muhanga schools mini-libraries project is an incredible commitment, and we’ve already had success. We are starting by installing these mini-libraries in all Grades 1 to 3 classrooms in Muhanga, serving 43,500 students. In spring 2014, two schools, Biti Elementary, a school of 650 students in Nyamabuye sector, and Gitongati Elementary, a school of 1,200 students in Muhanga district received the first of these Grace Rwanda mini-libraries.

Our life-changing literacy projects have the full support and endorsement of the Rwandan government at both national and local levels. We have signed agreements with the Ministry for Youth and Information Communication Technology as well as the local Muhanga district government.


 Our Commitment to Literacy

Grace Rwanda believes quality education is a fundamental tool in human development and that it is essential in the battle to eradicate poverty and ensure the sustainable economic growth of a nation. Without strong literacy skills and a passion for reading, youth are less able to access and pursue information and opportunities that would otherwise help them in their learning and personal development journey.

The purpose of Grace Rwanda’s literacy program is to initiate and inspire the habit of reading in children from an early age. Rwanda does not have an innate reading culture. Putting printed materials into the hands of children will allow them to develop reading skills and increase their knowledge and confidence. Early elementary reading instruction leads to improved fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary, paving a way to future academic successes.



Donate to Toonies4Change

The Toonies4Change is designed to encourage incremental donations from children, schools and youth. No donation is too small. We want to empower children and youth to feel like they can make a difference — even with just a Toonie from their allowance.

Even small donations add up. Here is a sense of the good we can do:

$2 = 1 book
$20 = 1 classroom book tote box
$30 = 15 primary-level books
$120 = 20 secondary-level books
$300 = 50 secondary-level books

Donations can be made securely online via a PayPal account or major credit card. We also accept donations via cheque by mail care of: Grace Rwanda Society, #13 – 19889 96 Avenue Suite #182, Langley, BC V1M 3C7. Grace Rwanda is a registered Canadian charity (BN: 850907460RR0001). We issue tax-deductible receipts for donations of $25.



Contact Us

To arrange a Grace Rwanda presentation at your school or to learn more, please contact: Elizabeth M. Johnson, 
Grace Rwanda Co-Founder
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