What’s new? Read our Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter!

May 21, 2015  |  General, Newsletters  |  No Comments

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We’ve got some big changes happening at Grace Rwanda and we’re excited to share them with you, including a staff move to Kigali, Rwanda, new board members, successful fundraisers, and more.

Catch up on all the latest and learn about all our activities and everything that you have helped us accomplish to improve youth literacy in Rwanda in our Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter.

Thanks again to all our supporters who help make all of our work possible.

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.

Grace Rwanda opens the books

May 16, 2015  |  General  |  No Comments

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Here at Grace Rwanda, we place a high value on transparency and accountability.

So it’s very important to us that all our supporters can be assured that their donations are managed carefully and go straight toward our literacy projects in Rwanda.

The entire Grace Rwanda executive team and staff work on a volunteer basis, out of a passion for our mission, so that none of your valuable donations go toward administration.

To ensure our accountability, we are accredited yearly as a registered Canadian charity with the Canada Revenue Agency.

This past fiscal year, for the first time, we took the extra step of undergoing a voluntary financial audit, to offer further proof of our financial transparency.

We’re making our 2014 Financial Audit Report available here online to any of our interested supporters.

We hope you know that you can always feel secure in the knowledge that at Grace Rwanda, your donations are a sacred trust!

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.

We’re moving!

May 4, 2015  |  Events, General  |  No Comments

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Grace Rwanda has a new mailing address! Be sure to update your files if you want to reach us by mail. We’re now at:

Grace Rwanda Society
#13 – 19889 96 Avenue Suite # 182
Langley, BC V1M 3C7

As always, you can reach us via email at info@gracerwanda.org.

And 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.

Make a difference, join our board of directors

March 7, 2015  |  General  |  No Comments

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Are you looking to give back and do good while gaining valuable executive experience? Why not join our board?

Grace Rwanda is currently seeking four general board members to serve on the Board of Directors for our volunteer-run Langley-based charity.

Grace Rwanda society’s vision is that every child and youth in Rwanda has the opportunity to live in a supportive, vibrant, literate and healthy community. We believe access universal education and literacy for all is essential to building this kind of community. We focus on improving literacy and health in rural Rwanda villages. We provide educational support for children and youth in Rwanda, building collaborative partnerships and sharing resources, skills, and funds. We also have a mission to educate Canadians about Rwanda.

The ideal candidate(s) will have previous board or committee experience, and bring professional experience in one of the following areas:
* Board governance and advising
* Charity Income generating/ fundraising and/or social enterprise business
* Finance (accounting, budgeting, banking or investment)
* Human Resources (recruitment, succession planning or general HR)
* International development: policies and projects implementation in developing world
education/literacy and/or health programs

Board members’ duties include:
* Committing to the mission and vision of Grace Rwanda Society
* Forming a clear understanding of (or making a strong commitment to learn about) non-profit governance
* Contributing in the areas of board governance, strategic planning, the not-for-profit sector, finance, human resources, resource development, education
* Preparing for and attending monthly board meetings
* Supporting special events as required
* Acting as an ambassador of Grace Rwanda Society to external stakeholders

Board meetings are typically held once a month. Directors are expected to read all materials in advance and come prepared to contribute to the discussion.

Approximate Position Start Date: May 2015
Approximate Position End Date: June 2017
Time commitment: 3-5 hours per month

For more information or to apply, please send us an email at info@gracerwanda.org. Applications should highlight the skills you can bring to our board, with subject line: Board of Directors Application.

We look forward to working with some inspiring new members!

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.

B.C. students help give books to Rwandan students

February 18, 2015  |  General, Video  |  No Comments

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This month, Grace Rwanda’s in-country team members are hard at work promoting literacy during the country’s Book and Reading Week, running February 16 to 20. With help from our supporters, Grace Rwanda was able to donate an additional 1,300 books to two schools in Muhanga, at Biti and Gitongati elementary schools, continuing our rural school mini-libraries program.

On February 17th, Grace Rwanda will host an outreach event at Biti Elementary and on 18th, the team will be in Kayonza at the Youth Centre. Our Rwandan volunteer project coordinators, Beline Uwizeyimana, and Hyacinthe Munezero, are stepping in to run these initiatives and engage local youth to join our efforts. Having dedicated team members on the ground in Rwanda not only helps minimize the cost of travel for the Grace Rwanda team, but encourages locals to take ownership of literacy programs.

Meanwhile, here at home, Grace Rwanda is continuing to work towards raising enough funds to cover the cost of our planned third youth centre community library in Kimisagara. We’ve got a ways to go, but every little bit helps.

We’d like to applaud Victoria’s Oaklands Elementary School for doing their part to help bring books to Rwandan youth. On a recent visit there, Grace Rwanda co-founder Elizabeth Johnson was delighted to learn the students had raised over $3,700 in donations for our cause, which will go to supply books in rural schools.

Have a peek at part of Johnson’s presentation to the Oaklands students in this video. Johnson is available to come to your child’s school for presentations too, contact us at info@gracerwanda.org for details.

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.