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Giving back to friends in Rwanda
$185 Raised
37% of $500 goal
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Ended May 20, 2014

Make a donation in support of two organizations who provide vital educational services for children and youth in Kigali, Rwanda. 

In May 2013, I was one of ten students who, along with their professor from Western University, (located in London, Ontario, Canada) embarked on a community-service learning trip to Rwanda, where we volunteered at a nursery school and orphanage operated by Gisimba Memorial Centre or facilitated youth-oriented educational programs at Centre Marembo.

The trip is a pinnacle moment in a course titled, “Rwanda: Culture, Society and Reconstruction.” Developed and directed by Professor Henri Boyi, the course continually enriches the lives of its students and their community partners.

This experience was made all the more special by the people who became not just our colleagues but, more importantly, our friends and mentors. They never failed to extend a helping hand and welcome us with open hearts during our time in Kigali. Almost a year later, they continue to make an impact in our lives, and we are determined to ensure that our contributions as volunteers do not end simply because we have left the country.  

As Professor Boyi returns to Rwanda this May with a new group of students, last year's group of volunteers has a chance to pass along a gift to show their enduring gratitude to Gisimba and Centre Marembo.

These organizations demonstrate an unwavering commitment to building the skills and potential of young people in their communities--but they need greater resources to sustain their work.

How can you help?

Your donation increases the funds we can send to our friends in Rwanda.

What will your donations fund?

The donations raised through this campaign will be divided equally between the two organizations to fund the costs of 

  • School supplies
  • Books
  • Wages and other administrative expenses
  • Workshops
  • Vocational training programs
  • Constructing new facilities
  • Maintaining existing sites and equipment
  • and more.

How will the donations get to the organizations?

100% of the donations will be transfered to Professor Boyi, who has agreed to personally give Gisimba and Centre Marembo their share of the funds raised. 

What are the perks of giving?

In the spirit of reciprocity, you will also receive something special in return for your generosity. Take a look at the perks we have lined up for donations big and small! Any contribution will be greatly appreciated, regardless of the amount. 

Ready to donate?

Click the "GIVE" button above and donate any amount you can to support the inspiring individuals who, through the simplest of deeds, transform the lives of others.

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Digital Thank-you Card
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Donate at least $5 and get an original e-card with a personal thank-you message to acknowledge your contribution!
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Handmade Thank-you Card
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For donations of $20 or more, I will create and send a handmade thank-you card to your mailbox! How often do those come along these days?
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Handmade Card + 3 Photos
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To thank you for donating at least $50, you will receive a handmade card in the mail PLUS three high-resolution photographs of some of Rwanda's most stunning sights sent to your email.
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1 Card + 6 Photos + Infinite Gratitude
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In return for your incredibly generous donation of $100 or more, you will receive a handmade card, six high-resolution photos of Lake Kivu and Akagera National Park, and the infinite gratitude of everyone involved in this project!
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