It all began in 2005 when a lady, called Anne Heyman, learned about Rwanda's 1994 genocide and its aftermath of many orphans having been displaced and a number of dysfunctional families resulted. She thought "Why can't this country (Rwanda) have a successful and systematic youth village like the one that helped a great number of orphans in Israel after the Jews suffered from the horrible holocaust?" She also asked herself a question, "What can I do for Rwanda?"
|Mango tree where it all began|
The dream looked virtually impossible at that time because she did not have much money left to build the village after she purchased the land under a mango tree that now symbolizes the genesis of this dream project.
|There are 32 of these houses|
Now the village has 500 students with 125 students each for secondary 4 through 6 and 130 staff, including teachers, to support them. The village has 32 5-bedroom houses where 16 students stay with one house mom. The village also has almost all amenities and facilities a school needs, such as library, gymnasium, resource center, amphitheater, computer labs, science center, playground, green houses, community center etc. In addition, the village has lands for farming and vocational training. All these have come true in just 6 years. Amazing.
|JC, Exec. Dir., Anne, Trevor and Tom|
Shalom means "wholeness, perfect harmony, sinless peacefulness" in Hebrews. Again, it reflects the philosophy and principles of the founder.
Agahozo Shalom Youth Village is therefore a village for youth (displaced children) where their tears are dried and where they can experience a holistic life through education, care and training.
May the good Lord bless Anne, her friends, supporters and all staff so that they may become greater blessings to many others who will go through the Agahozo in many years to come! - Jeffrey