Our Canadian-Rwandan School Partnerships

A core mission of Grace Rwanda is educating Canadian youth about Rwanda and its history. We offer schools leadership opportunities for students to get involved in global stewardship by fundraising for and partnering with sister schools in Rwanda.

Rwandan Ministry of Education statistics show there’s one textbook for every three elementary students, and one book for every five secondary students. Imagine if the students in your school had to study in similar conditions. We aim to change that, with your help.

Our co-founders, Elizabeth Johnson and Marie Louise Kaligirwa are survivors of the Rwandan Tutsi genocide. They have given dozens of presentations in B.C. schools — at elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels — that teach students about developing African nations and spur them to act as global citizens and get involved in humanitarian causes. These moving presentations are tailored to ensure they are grade and age-appropriate.


Following our educational sessions, Johnson and Kaligirwa connect staff and students to opportunities to get involved through our Toonies4Change Let’s Read Together school fundraising program. This effort supports the installation of mini-libraries in needy Rwandan elementary schools. Learn more about our project at

In this initiative, students are empowered to bring literacy to Rwandan students, one Toonie at a time. By collecting pocket change, Canadian students can give the gift of reading to their Rwandan counterparts, as every $2 buys one book.

Ask us about partnerships with social responsibility classes, leadership clubs and school fundraisers. We can supply educational resources on Rwanda, including background data, fact-sheets and links to online resources.


Schools can also arrange to sponsor a Rwandan sister school for additional educational and cross-cultural opportunities, such as letter-exchanges. Join us. Together we can bring literacy to Rwanda, one book at a time.

Celebrating School Partners

We’ve worked closely with several B.C. schools and we’d like to thank them for their commitment and support.

B.C. School Partners:

St Patrick’s Regional Secondary, Vancouver
King David High School, Vancouver
Notre Dame Regional Secondary School, Vancouver
Langley Fundamental School, Langley
D.W. Poppy Secondary, Langley
St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary, North Vancouver
Capilano University, North Vancouver
Corpus Christ College, Vancouver
Seaquam Secondary Rotary Youth Interact, North Delta
Bayridge Elementary School, White Rock
Woodland Park Elementary, Surrey
Archbishop Carney Secondary, Port Coquitlam
St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary, Abbotsford
Mount Cheam Christian School, Mission
Deer Lake School, Burnaby
Belmont Secondary, Victoria



School Resources

Please feel free to download the following resources:

* A printable PDF Grace Rwanda newsletter.

* A background education fact sheet on Rwanda.


Contact Us

To arrange a Grace Rwanda presentation at your school or to learn more, please contact: Elizabeth M. Johnson, 
Grace Rwanda Co-Founder
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