African Students Rally for Grace Rwanda Fundraiser

January 26, 2015  |  Events, General  |  No Comments

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Big news! This month students at two of B.C.’s biggest universities are rallying in support of Grace Rwanda and our life-changing youth literacy and library programs.

We are honoured that the students from two African Student Societies, the UBC African Awareness Initiative and SFU’s African Students’ Association, are joining forces to run a fundraising competition, with the proceeds going to benefit our work improving literacy in Rwanda. All funds collected will be dedicated to purchasing books and e-readers and other literacy materials for our third YEGO youth centre community library, which we plan to set up this spring.

Their fundraising effort, called The Giving Competition, starts February 1 and runs until February 28. The students will vie to see which university can raise the most funds by the end of the month. You can support their initiative by donating to your favourite team or your old alma mater. Contributions can easily be made online through the Donate page of our website at GraceRwanda.org.

To learn more, you can watch a short video about the event.

The UBC African Awareness Initiative (AAI) is committed to improving discourse surrounding and including Africa at the university. They aim to produce outstanding academic forums to encourage critical discussions pertaining to the relevance of the African continent, the Diaspora and its globalization. Their mission is to educate the public about how much Africa has to give to the world. To do so, the group hosts events featuring world-class African scholars, writers, artists and activists representative of the high standard of knowledge being produced about Africa. Read more about AAI’s work on their web site, Ubcaai.org, or their Facebook page, or contact one of their members at aai.vpfinance@gmail.com.

Simon Fraser University’s African Students’ Association (ASA) was founded to engage the interests, voice and issues of African students at Simon Fraser University. They are dedicated to promoting African culture and highlighting the importance of Africa’s historical, political, social and economic issues. The ASA strives to strengthen and promote African presence at SFU and educate the general student body about the true diversity of the continent. Learn more about the African Students’ Association on their Facebook page or contact one of their members at afra.sfu@gmail.com.

We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to these inspiring student leaders for choosing to make Grace Rwanda the beneficiary of their charity competition, and encourage you to get involved. And may the best team win!

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.

Thanks for making our Indiegogo campaign a go!

January 18, 2015  |  General  |  No Comments

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We’d like to thank all of the Grace Rwanda supporters who helped contribute to our goal of stocking a new YEGO youth centre community library by donating to our Indiegogo campaign over the past two months.

The online fundraiser, called “Ring in the Season with Reading for Rwandans“ on Indiegogo reached our goal and raised $2,005 toward books and e-readers that will stock our third youth centre library, which is planned for Kimisagra this spring. We still have a ways to go to raise all the funds we need for this project, and are excited about the upcoming assistance of UBC and SFU students in an innovative new charitable contest. Stay tuned for more on this event!

Thanks again for your support. It means so much to us, but more importantly it means the world to the children of Rwanda who are so appreciative of the chance to read and learn.

Grace Rwanda New Year News

January 8, 2015  |  Events, General  |  1 Comment

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Grace Rwanda is ringing in the New Year with some exciting new initiatives we’d like to tell you about.

First off, our Ring in the Season with Reading for Rwandans Indiegogo fundraising campaign is still running, and is now in its final week. The goal of the campaign is to raise $2,000 toward books and e-readers for our third youth community centre library planned for Kimisagra this spring. It wraps up January 15th and with just a week to go we’re at 60 per cent of our goal. So if you haven’t had a chance to contribute over the busy holiday season it’s not too late. All donations over $25 are fully tax deductible. Check it out on our Indiegogo page.

Next, our co-founder Elizabeth Johnson is back out in the community this month spreading news of Grace Rwanda’s work. On January 14 and 15 she’ll be visiting Victoria to make presentations at local schools. On January 23-25 she’ll be facilitating a Rotary youth camp and serving as a keynote speaker, helping to inspire the next generation of youth leaders to give back. And on January 30-February 1, Johnson and the Grace Rwanda team will be hosting an information booth and participating in a conference at MissionsFest Vancouver. Come on out and get inspired!

Plans for Grace Rwanda’s social business branch, the Ineza Foundation, are also ramping up this month. Learn more about our planned Rwandan eco-lodge social enterprise, which is being created to sustainably support Grace Rwanda literacy projects, at the new Inezafoundation.org web site, which is under construction.

Finally, we’re thrilled to announce that students from two African Student Societies, the African Awareness Initiative of UBC and the African Student Association of SFU are gearing up to launch an exciting fundraising competition on February 1 to collect funds on behalf of Grace Rwanda and our important literacy programs. Check out this short video to learn more about this amazing event! Stay tuned and check back for details closer to the launch date.

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 our Holiday Campaign and Ring in the Season with Reading for Rwandans

December 7, 2014  |  Events, General  |  No Comments

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Grace Rwanda is getting into the spirit of the season! We’re making it possible for you to consume less and inspire more with your gift list this holiday.

We just launched out our new 2014 Indiegogo holiday library crowdfunding campaign, Ring in the Season with Reading for Rwandans.” Check it out and watch a short video detailing our most recent education and literacy work in Rwanda.

We thank everyone who supported our work in last year’s campaign and helped us reach our goal! This year, we’re hoping to raise $2,000 by January 15th in order to help stock our third youth library, which we plan to set up in Kimisagra’s youth centre in Spring 2015.

Your donation will help fill the new library with books and e-readers. All donations over $25 are fully tax deductible. Why not consider making a donation in a loved one’s name in lieu of a commercialized gift this Christmas!

And if you can, please help us spread the word by sharing news of our crowdfunding campaign on your social networks.

Happy holidays from all of us at Grace Rwanda!

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

Deck your halls with Christmas trees for charity

December 1, 2014  |  Events, General  |  No Comments

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Tis the season for giving … and giving back!

You can cross both off your list by giving yourself a beautiful Christmas tree that goes to support local charities.

Grace Rwanda and the Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise are hosting a Christmas tree sale this December in Walnut Grove. A full 100 per cent of the net proceeds go to support community service projects, Grace Rwanda’s literacy projects among them!

Come out to find your perfect Fraser fir or pine tree in the lot at 202nd Street and 89th Avenue. There’s free coffee and hot chocolate to sip while you seek. Plus, on Dec. 13th and 20th from noon until 2 p.m., Santa will be on site offering free photo opportunities with every tree purchased.

Visit us from Dec. 6 to Dec. 21 evenings Wednesdays to Fridays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from noon until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Wishing all our supporters a season that is merry and bright!

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

What’s new? Read our Fall/Winter 2014 Newsletter!

November 16, 2014  |  General, Newsletters  |  No Comments

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It’s the time of year when we like to review all that you have helped us accomplish and look ahead to make more plans for improving youth literacy in Rwanda.

Have a read of our new Fall/Winter 2014 Newsletter to catch up in a glance with all our activities over the past few months.

Plus, learn about some exciting new events we have planned for the final few weeks of 2014: from our tea night social, to our Christmas tree sale, to an online crowdfunding campaign to help create more youth libraries in 2015!

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

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