Mission accomplished at Missions Fest Vancouver

February 3, 2014  |  General  |  No Comments

MissionFestMission accomplished! Grace Rwanda was at Missions Fest Vancouver earlier this month and made a real impact!

We connected with people from all over B.C., even Washington and Rwanda, and shared news of our literacy work for Rwandan youth.

Elizabeth also gave a very well-received hour-long seminar on genocide, forgiveness and reconciliation.

We were impressed with the heart people had for our cause and amazed at the consistent interest people who visited our booth had in Rwanda and its future. We made great connections, gave out Rwandan crafts, and held a gift basket giveaway!

We’d like to thank all our volunteers, especially Janis and Ray Martyn for all their help making Missions Fest a success.

We hope to take our message on the road to the next Missions Fest Alberta in Edmonton later this February to keep spreading the word.

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

Grace Rwanda speaks at three key events this January

January 14, 2014  |  Events, General  |  No Comments

Janis and Ray in with Muhanga Kids

Grace Rwanda co-founder Elizabeth Johnson will be sharing her lessons in leadership with B.C. youth this month. Johnson is due to speak to youth in Rotary International‘s Youth Adventure in Leadership program, which runs from Jan. 17-19th. She discusses the powerful leadership lessons to be learned from forgiveness in a talk titled, “The Power of Forgiveness.”

Later in the month, Grace Rwanda will be a featured participant in Missions Fest Vancouver, a Christian-focussed conference for organizations working on international aid and missions abroad. The event is being held  downtown at the Vancouver Convention Centre from Jan. 24-26th. We will be manning a booth there and hope to outreach and share our cause with other participants and like-minded non-profits. Johnson has also been asked to give a presentation to attendees Friday afternoon.

Grace Rwanda’s Missions Fest participation has been made possible by the generous support of Jan and Ray Martyn (pictured above.) The couple visited Rwanda on our distribution trip last summer and were inspired by our work in the field. They are sponsoring our conference fees and we’d like to extend our sincere thanks for their support.

Lastly, Grace Rwanda will be attending UBC‘s International Development Research Network on Jan. 30th to liaise with staff and work on partnerships.

It’s a busy month of events and presentations, but we are always happy to spread the word about Grace Rwanda’s work. If you know of an organization, school, community group, or business we should connect with email info@gracerwanda.org.

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

 

Grace Rwanda gets government recognition

January 13, 2014  |  Articles, General  |  No Comments

elizabeth-johnson-engGrace Rwanda is getting noticed by the government. We’ve been singled out as a notable Canadian international aid project by the Department of Foreign Affairs!

We’re pleased to have been included in the federal government’s online initiative devoted to promoting this year’s International Development Week, held in February.

DFAIT’s feature project, “How Are You Making A Difference?” profiles more than a dozen amazing Canadian non-profits working on humanitarian projects in developing countries.

Have a read of what these inspiring citizens are accomplishing abroad!

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

Thank you for your support! More libraries are on the way

December 13, 2013  |  General  |  No Comments

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This year is off to a great start at Grace Rwanda.

First of all, we’d like to thank all our supporters for making our “This Holiday, Give a Library” campaign a success.

We met our Indiegogo goal, and this year, that money will go to buy 500 more books for Rwandan students. Those of you who requested tax receipts, we’ll make sure to get those to you.

We’d also like to thank everyone who came out to support the Langley Sunrise Rotary Christmas Tree sale, with proceeds going to support some of Grace Rwanda’s projects.

And we’d like to share our appreciation with our other community supporters who made generous donations to our cause: Sechelt’s Bethel Baptist Church members, who raised $1,000 for our literacy programs, the Rotary Club of North Delta, which made a significant contribution to our Muhanga Youth Centre Library, the Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise, which approved a district matching grant of nearly $8,000 that will allow us to build another youth centre library, and students at Holy Cross Regional Secondary who raised $600 for Grace Rwanda through donations and craft sales.

We’d like to extend our deepest thanks to all of of these incredible donors for their support to date. We can’t do it without you. You are the heart and soul of what we do and we appreciate everything you do.

Stay tuned for some exciting news and events coming from Grace Rwanda this year, including an upcoming trip to Rwanda this spring to install more libraries!

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

Buy a Christmas tree and we’ll buy books for Rwanda

December 9, 2013  |  Events, General  |  No Comments

image003Buy your tree and we’ll buy some books!

Get your Christmas tree at our sale hosted with the Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise this season and the profits will go to buy books for Rwandan kids.

Our tree lot is stocked with your favourite fresh, local pines and firs — from Frasers to Nobles — at 202th Street and 89th Avenue in Walnut Grove, North Langley.

The sale runs Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Dec. 22.

Come out with your family on a snowy night to find your dream tree and fund the dream of literacy in Rwanda!

Keep in the loop by following @GraceRwanda, liking us on Facebook, adding us in your Google+ circle, and watching our videos on YouTube.

 

Grace Rwanda launches December crowdfunding campaign

December 4, 2013  |  Events, General, Video  |  No Comments

Elizabeth M. Johnson in Rwanda copy

The best thing about the holidays? Giving to others and making a real difference in their lives.

So, “This Holiday, Give A Library!”

Grace Rwanda has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to buy books for primary classrooms through Indiegogo.

We’re aiming to raise at least $1,000, to buy books for schoolchildren in Rwanda’s Muhanga district. We have until Dec 31 to do it.

Please help us give the gift of hope and literacy this season. Even small donations add up. Donations over $25 are tax deductible.

We’d love it if you’d also share our efforts online  on your social networks with your family and friends to help us spread the word — and spread a reading culture in Rwanda.

Have a look at our campaign page on Indiegogo. And click on the picture above to watch a short video on Grace Rwanda’s work!

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