Grace Rwanda Society was established in 2009 in British Columbia, Canada. It has evolved to be a stable Diaspora volunteer-run registered Canadian charitable organization having financed an 8 classroom metal roof structure, a 16 room latrine facility, donated 6 Mini-Libraries and built a large kitchen building facility for over 1,500 children in its three and half year lifespan. In 2011 Grace Rwanda Society launched a pilot program called, “Kamwa Initiative,” where an elementary school is given two cows to produce milk for a healthy and nutritious lunch milk tea. Additional funds are being budgeted annually to every recipient school, to purchase seeds for the school vegetable garden. The cows produce manure for the school kitchen garden and teach children ownership and empowerment as the children maintain these school farms. Being among the smallest volunteer based international development organizations in North America; Grace Rwanda strives hard to transform each community school, one at a time, by providing solutions for education, well being, health and life skills for children and youth.
We believe that quality education is a fundamental tool to human development and essential to eradicate poverty and to reach a sustainable economic growth of a nation. For this reason, Grace Rwanda Society’s current programs effort aim to improve the quality of education through: Improving reading skills for children in Rwandan schools through the literacy program “Mini-libraries- Let’s Read Together.” Since 2011:
Over 3,000 children in the Eastern and Northern Province have received basic reading books through Grace Rwanda’s Mini-Library pilot projects. The following schools are among our major beneficiaries:
- Groupe Scolaire Rwinkwavu
- Groupe Scolaire Cyuve in collaboration with PREFER
- Groupe Scolaire Kalinzi Collaboration with PREFER
- Higland School in Nyamata in collaboration with NIBAKURE
50 schools in the Gasabo District in Rwanda are projected to receive Mini-Libraries during the 2013-2016 timeframe, through partnership with the Wellspring Foundation for Education. This project will serve over 50,000 children from kindergarten up to Basic Nine Education.
OUR MISSION: To provide educational support for the children and youth of Rwanda by building collaborative partnerships and sharing resources, skills and funds and educating about Rwanda in North America.
OUR VISION: Every child and youth in Rwanda has the opportunity to live in a supportive, vibrant, literate and healthy community. We believe that equal opportunity to universal education is essential to building this kind of community.
Website address: WWW.GRACERWANDA.ORG
Physical Address: #46-8675 209 STREET, LANGLEY BC, V1M3W6, CANADA
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2515 KIGALI RWANDA
Began work in Rwanda in year: 2009
- Co-Founder — ELIZABETH M. JOHNSON
E-mail – ELIZABETH@GRACERWANDA.ORG / Cell Phone – (1) 604 418 4101
- Co-Founder — MARIE LOUISE KALIGIRWA
E-mail – LOUISE@GRACERWANDA.ORG / Cell Phone – (1) 604 418 3880
Areas of Operation:
- Advocacy: North America
- Curriculum Development & School Literacy: Kayonza, Bugesera, Gasabo, Musanze
- Capacity Building: Kayonza
- Adult & Child literacy: Kayonza Bugesera, Gasabo, Musanze
- Construction: Kayonza
- Resources & Equipment: Kayonza