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.

Drink Tea for Charity: Grace Rwanda Hosts December Tea

November 5, 2014  |  Events, General  |  No Comments

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As the days get colder, what better way to warm up both body and soul than with an inspiring evening of tea that helps support charity?

Grace Rwanda is hosting an evening social with Rwandan tea, donuts & handmade crafts
 on Friday December 5th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library multi-purpose room of Abbotsford Senior Secondary School at 33355 Bevan Avenue in Abbotsford.

Please join us for a fun night of Rwandan culture and food, and to learn more about the work of Grace Rwanda. We’d love to meet you and share our passion for literacy in Rwanda.

With Christmas approaching, it’s also a great opportunity to purchase unique handmade African crafts and gifts that benefit children in need and promote youth literacy.

For more information view our GR Tea Night Event flyer or email our Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Friesen at courtney@gracerwanda.org.

See you there!

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

Volunteer with Grace Rwanda: build your resume and karma

November 2, 2014  |  General  |  No Comments

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Join us!

Grace Rwanda is looking for a professional, passionate volunteer fundraising coordinator to assist our registered charity in growing into a leading development through literacy organization. For a commitment of just 5 hours a week, working mostly from home on your own computer for a minimum term of six months, you can become an ambassador for Rwandan youth in need.

We’re looking for someone with previous fundraising experience, ideally 2-3 years and in the non-profit sector. We’re seeking a candidate with experience in successful grant-writing, good computer, communications and administrative skills and familiarity with database-development.

If you are interested, please click on this document link: Fundraising Coordinator Position for a fuller outline of the position, its responsibilities and benefits. You can apply with your resume and cover letter to our Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Friesen at courtney@gracerwanda.org.

We are also adding to our general volunteer base, so even if you don’t have any specialized skills, but have a passion for social justice, youth literacy and African issues, we’d love to hear from you.

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Friesen at courtney@gracerwanda.org to learn more about how you can make a difference!

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