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.

Loading up for literacy

November 11, 2015  |  Events, General  |  1 Comment

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The Grace Rwanda team has been busy this week loading up our shipping container with generous donations from our local community.

The container is getting stocked with books and other supplies and will arrive in Rwanda this winter, ready to stock two more YEGO Youth Centre Libraries in needy communities. With these books, and with the generous donation of a matching grant from our Rotary partners and donations toward shipping costs, we are well on our way to establishing our next two libraries. These are planned for the communities of Kimisagara near the capital and Nyanza in the southern province.

Our dedicated volunteers — many from local Rotary clubs — have been helping load the container at the Rotary Help Warehouse at Riverview in Coquitlam. The container is nearly two-thirds full. We’re almost there!

Our next packing session is being held this coming Saturday Nov. 14. We’d love to see you come out and pitch in!

Among the goods we are shipping to students in need are thousands of books donated by local Rotary clubs and Langley and Abbotsford Schools, including 3,000 dictionaries. We have several computers donated by the Rotary World Help Network that will go to provide internet and computer access in our libraries.

In addition, there are more than 100 team soccer jerseys and sports equipment for youth in our YEGO youth library communities, donated by the Canadian National Women’s Soccer Team. A number of sewing machines and fabrics were donated by the Mennonite Central Committee to help Rwandans earn a living. Also included are some 800 hygienic sanitary pads made by the Riverside Calvary Chapel Sewing Bees group. And some office supplies to help establish our new Grace Rwanda office in Kigali.

All this precious cargo is scheduled to leave Vancouver on Nov. 21 and arrive 60 to 75 days later in Rwanda.

A heartfelt thanks to all our Rotary partners: from Rotary International to Rotary District 5050 and the Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise. Many thanks to individual Rotary volunteers and members of the Riverside Calvary Church who have come out to help us back the container.

Come be a part of loading up for literacy! To learn more about volunteering on Nov. 14 email elizabeth@gracerwanda.org.

You can get regular updates on our work by following @GraceRwanda, liking us on Facebook, adding us in your Google+ circle, and watching our videos on YouTube.

Blessed with support for our books for Rwanda campaign

August 28, 2015  |  Events, General  |  No Comments

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Thank you to all the supporters who came out to celebrate with us at the Grace Rwanda Dinner and Social hosted by the Riverside Calvary Chapel.

The event was a success, with inspirational speakers and delicious food. We raised more than $3,000 putting us a fifth of the way toward meeting our goal of shipping a container full of books to Rwanda this fall to stock up to 10 YEGO district youth centre community libraries.

The aim is to ship up to 30,000 books, plus more than 2,000 dictionaries supplied by Rotary Clubs, and 50 soccer team jerseys donated to our charity in the past by the Canadian women’s soccer team, which will support youth sports teams at the community centres.

We thank Riverside for their commitment to supporting our cause, and are also thankful for the ongoing support of the Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise and District 5050.

These dedicated supporters of Rwandan literacy have pledged to help collect books, supply dictionaries and assist in loading and transporting the container through the Rotary
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We hope to meet our $15,000 goal and ship the container by the end of September. If you’d like to assist, please consider donating via our secure web site.

You can get regular updates on our work by following @GraceRwanda, liking us on Facebook, adding us in your Google+ circle, and watching our videos on YouTube.

Rotary and the community fundraise to send books abroad

August 3, 2015  |  Events  |  No Comments

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Three cheers of the Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise! These local Rotarians have recently pledged to help us raise funds to ship a container of books to Rwanda to stock new youth centre libraries this fall.

The club plans to fundraise and apply for a district grant to help support our latest initiative: shipping a container filled with enough books to stock up to 10 additional YEGO district youth centre community libraries in Rwanda.

The aim is to raise approximately $15,000 to ship up to 30,000 books, plus more than 2,000 dictionaries supplied by Rotary Clubs, and 50 soccer team jerseys which were donated by the Canadian women’s soccer team, which will support youth sports teams at the community centres.

Have a look at this presentation to learn more about how Rotary is helping Grace Rwanda change lives in Rwanda, one book at a time.

You can participate by dining for a cause this coming Saturday, August 8 at our Grace Rwanda Dinner and Social.The event will be hosted by the Riverside Calvary Chapel, at their church at 20178 96th Avenue, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

The evening will include presentations from co-founder Elizabeth Johnson, as well as an address from Pastor Brent Smith, an authentic Rwandan dinner, tea and dessert, plus African craft sales.

Learn more about the event or to RSVP email info@gracerwanda.org.

You can get regular updates on our work by following @GraceRwanda, liking us on Facebook, adding us in your Google+ circle, and watching our videos on YouTube.

Join us for a Grace Rwanda dinner and social

July 20, 2015  |  Events, General  |  No Comments

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Help us send off the Grace Rwanda team as they set up the next phase of our mission in Rwanda and fundraise for a new book initiative!

Join us for an inspiring evening at next month’s Grace Rwanda Dinner and Social. The event will be hosted by the Riverside Calvary Chapel, at their church at 20178 96th Avenue on Saturday, August 8, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Come hear how Elizabeth and Paul Johnson were moved to embark on their work in Rwanda, learn about their calling and motivation to serve through their non-profit charity and new Ineza Foundation venture.

The evening will include presentations from the couple, as well as an address from Pastor Brent Smith, an authentic Rwandan dinner, tea and dessert, plus African craft sales.

We hope to raise an estimated $15,000 for an upcoming charity initiative: shipping a container full of books this fall. We plan to fill it with enough volumes to stock up to 10 YEGO district youth centre community libraries in Rwanda. The aim is to ship up to 30,000 books, plus more than 2,000 dictionaries supplied by Rotary Clubs, and 50 soccer team jerseys donated to our charity in the past by the Canadian women’s soccer team, which will support youth sports teams at the community centres.

To learn more about the event or to RSVP email info@gracerwanda.org.

You can get regular updates on our work by following @GraceRwanda, liking us on Facebook, adding us in your Google+ circle, and watching our videos on YouTube.

Grace Rwanda on the road to Missions Fest

May 16, 2015  |  Events, General  |  No Comments

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Grace Rwanda is out in the community this spring networking and sharing the news of our work with like-minded humanitarians.

In February, we participated in Missions Fest Vancouver, educating attendees about our literacy projects in Rwanda and seeking supporters.

On May 22, the Grace Rwanda team is travelling to Vancouver Island to participate in the third annual Powell River Missions Fest at the Evangel Church. The theme for the event is “Local Vision for Global Missions,” which is an excellent fit for our work and interests.

We’ll be learning from and networking with more than a dozen other B.C. based charitable organizations working in the missions field and on humanitarian causes. Learn more at PowellRiverMissionsFest.com.

You can get regular updates on our work by following @GraceRwanda, liking us on Facebook, adding us in your Google+ circle, and watching our videos on YouTube.