Grace Rwanda launches December crowdfunding campaign

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

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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.

Grace Rwanda talks in your community

November 13, 2013  |  General  |  No Comments

DSC_0055 copyGrace Rwanda co-founder Elizabeth Johnson has been busy this fall spreading the word of Grace Rwanda across the Lower Mainland, at churches and schools.

At churches on her speaking tour — including Brookswood Baptist Church on Oct. 22, at North Langley Community Church on Oct. 29 and at Sechelt’s Bethel Baptist Church on Nov. 10 — Johnson gave talks on the how her story and Grace Rwanda’s mission is linked to forgiveness and God’s grace.

At schools and colleges, Elizabeth discusses how Grace Rwanda’s mission of empowering Rwandan youth through literacy can help engage B.C. youth in social responsibility. She’s shared this inspiring message at  Dr. Charles Best Secondary on Oct. 9, at Kwantlen Polytechnic University on Oct. 24., at Trinity Western University on Nov. 2. She’ll be speaking at Langlford’s Belmont Secondary later this month and at Holy Cross High School in Surrey on Nov. 29

If you would like to book Elizabeth to share her inspiring story and learn about Grace Rwanda’s work please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@gracerwanda.org.

What’s new with Grace Rwanda? Read our Fall/Winter 2013 Newsletter

November 10, 2013  |  General, Newsletters  |  No Comments

GR Newsletter PicAs the year draws to a close, Grace Rwanda is looking back at what we’ve accomplished this year with your help.

We’re grateful for the progress we have made this year bringing literacy to Rwanda’s youth.

And we’re looking forward to making an even greater difference in 2014. Have a read of our latest Fall/Winter Newsletter to catch up with everything we’ve been up to.

We try hard to keep our supporters in the loop. Want to learn more?

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

Volunteer and help Grace Rwanda grow

October 28, 2013  |  General  |  No Comments

VolunteerGrace Rwanda is growing — and we need help to thrive!

We’ve got big plans and some big projects coming up to improve literacy in Rwanda. We know many hands make light work.

So we’re looking for volunteers to help us get the word out, to assist with community events, and to support us in reaching our fundraising goals. No heavy time commitments, no mandatory meetings, just fulfilling community work alongside people passionate about social change. Come be a part of our dream and change children’s lives.

We’re looking for volunteers in the following areas:

Students and community members: Fulfill your volunteer service school credit requirements while helping out a good cause, or just give back to your community. We’re currently looking for people to help staff our charity sale table at the St. Thomas Aquinas Christmas Craft Fair on Nov. 3. We’re also looking for volunteers to put in a few hours staffing our Christmas Tree Sale in Langley, which launches Dec. 4. and runs through the month.

Teachers and educators: Work with us to get your class involved in our Toonies4Change.org school partnership projects.

Church members: Arrange to invite us to speak about Grace Rwanda and raise awareness and funds for our work at your next church social.

Rotary club members: Introduce us to your chapter, adopt us as your international project, and help us form partnerships to bring books to Rwanda’s youth.

Special skills: If you have expertise to offer in fundraising strategy, graphic design, or another speciality area that you believe could help Grace Rwanda’s administration, please do let us know.

Contact info@gracerwanda.org and let us know what you’ve got to give back!

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

Shop for Social Change with Grace Rwanda

October 15, 2013  |  Events, General  |  No Comments

Rwandan Basket

Shop for social change! Skip the malls this season: Grace Rwanda has unique African crafts that can help change a child’s life. Every $2 we raise will go toward giving a Rwandan school child the life-changing gift of a book.

Mark your calendars: on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. we will be selling handcrafted Rwandan and African goods at the amazing 27th Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Christmas Craft Fair!

There are dozens of  artisans and exhibitors at the fair every year. You’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your holiday gift list. Please drop by and visit us at the fair at 541 West Keith Road in North Vancouver. It’s a great community event and we’d be delighted to see you there. Admission is only $2 and parking is free.

Learn more online at Aquinas Christmas Craft Fair

Grace Rwanda is in the news

September 27, 2013  |  General, Video  |  No Comments

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Grace Rwanda’s grand opening of the Muhanga Youth Centre Library was covered by a Rwandan local news program. Click the image above to watch the clip.

The official grand opening was Sept. 2, 2013. The community appreciated the new books, dictionaries, magazines and journals, tables and chairs and book shelves we provided. The youth who use the facility to do their homework now have some excellent reading resources. This piece gives a great overview of the work we are doing there to bring books and literacy to youth. Plus, watch the wonderful dancers at the opening ceremonies!

Our youth centre library was so successful that a Rwandan government ministry asked to partner with us to create 20 more such libraries in YEGO youth centres across the country.

Elizabeth was much in demand by the local Rwandan media during her trip. In addition to the news broadcast, reporters from area newspapers came to interview her at the library launch.

If you are curious about our coverage in Kinyarwandan, have a look at these articles published in Umuseke and  Izuba Rirashe.

Want to see more of Grace Rwanda in action? Check new photos of the Muhanga project on our Flickr site.

We’re thrilled to be launching the next phase of our “Let’s Read Together” mini-libraries program this fall. Stay tuned for news about upcoming fundraisers and events to support our exciting new initiative. Learn more at Toonies4Change.org.

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

 Thanks again for all your support!