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.

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 

Summer news from Rwanda

September 13, 2016  |  General  |  No Comments
Local volunteers and children

Local volunteers and children


As of the month of July 2016 to date, Grace Rwanda/Ineza Foundation (GR/IF) has some news from Rwanda.

We hosted a Reading Camp from July 25 and 26th serving 100 children ranging from 3 years to 14years.  We thank all international and local volunteers who made this event a success.

Thanks to Developing World Connections (Canada) for joining GR/IF team in Kigali from the 12th to 26th August.  The DWC Team of 14 people from Canada and the USA spent 10 days designing and building a wire fence around a lot in the Gisozi area in Kigali, where GR/IF plans a Social Enterprise Project for its sustainable development platform.   They also toured the Country of thousand Hills exploring Akagera, Gorillas and Nyungwe Parks, and other historical sites.

The DWC Team also visited the Tuzamurane Cooperative Carpentry Shop in Nyamirambo as part of GR/IF initiative to advocate for the Tuzamurane Cooperative members, who were rehabilitated from street lifestyle within the City of Kigali, and now are role model in their communities. These connections led to a fruitful ten days of training, knowledge transfer, and development outputs between the DWC, GRIF and Tuzamurane.

Within Rwanda, it is all about SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT #GOAL 17: “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”

Keep looking to our website for additional news about our Street Book Carnival events throughout the country in Rwanda during the month of September in collaboration with local government entities, and other partners such as Esperance Network, Save the Children, Publishers association, and others promoting a reading culture for children and youth.

DWC team

DWC team and local volunteers


Building libraries and jobs for youth in Rwanda

May 14, 2016  |  General  |  No Comments

Members of Coperative Tuzamurane with Grace Rwanda’s president Paul Johnson at the Bugesera library build.


With our recent move to Rwanda, we’re now making huge strides in fulfilling our goal of setting up community libraries in each of the country’s 21 major sectors. And we’re doing it in partnership with youth who need employment.

Last month we completed the installation of the Kimisagara community youth library. It’s stocked with books are we’re excited to formally launch it with a community and school celebration in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Youth and Information and Communications Technology. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting event!

This month, we’ve been working on setting up our next library in Bugesera. We’ve completed the painting and are now working with youth who have graduated from the Iwawa Youth Rehabilitation Centre (a facility for former street youth where they learned trade skills) to build the shelves, tables and desks to furnish the new library.

These youth, who have formed a 35-member carpentry co-op called Coperative Tuzamurane with the help of a government grant, are doing incredible work, turning their lives around and becoming leaders in their community while earning a living. Some of these young men were former orphans, drug users or involved in petty crime. They are now fathers, peer mentors and entrepreneurs.

“Hearing their stories is very encouraging,” says Grace Rwanda co-founder Elizabeth Johnson. “They are now helping those who are still on the street encouraging them to join the cooperative and change for a better and bright future.”

To help support them, we hope to include their work in our next youth centre library in Iwawa and perhaps all of our upcoming libraries. In the meantime, we helped the young men in this coop celebrate their first anniversary of their business with a party and some cake. We donated some soccer balls and jerseys to the group in thanks.

It’s been a rewarding and inspiring few months in Rwanda, with lots to show for our efforts. Thank you again for all your support which is making our mission of literacy possible.

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