With a very heavy heart

Death is nothing so long as one can survive through one's children. - Rwandan Proverb

​It is with deep and heartfelt sorrow that we share the sad news of the unexpected passing of Anne Heyman, founder of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Each of us grieves not only for the passing of a tremendous woman and a true visionary, but also for the loss suffered by her family.

Nearly nine years ago, Anne had a vision to build a village to heal vulnerable orphans in Rwanda. Today her vision has been realized and countless lives have been transformed by her incredible generosity, spirit and determination. She has made a remarkable impact on this world and we will continue to work to uphold her legacy.

A Memorial Service was held at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda on Saturday, February 8th. Anne may no longer be among us, but she has left a legacy inspired by her vision, wisdom, and educational philosophy, which has transformed the lives of many and will continue to impact generations to come. Thank you to everyone who joined us as we celebrated her journey, her work and her impact on the world. 

The funeral for Anne Heyman was held on Monday, February 3rd at 12 noon at B’nai Jeshurun, 257 West 88th Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue). Afterward, a ceremony was held at Sharon Gardens Cemetery, 273 Lakeview Avenue,  Valhalla, NY 10595

In lieu of flowers, it is the family's request that donations be made to Anne’s life changing project - the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV). ASYV was built to enable orphaned and vulnerable youth in Rwanda to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills. Education and service are used to model and create socially responsible citizens in Rwanda and around the world.

  • Online: http://www.asyv.org/donate

  • By Phone: Call (646) 381-7863 
  • By Mail: Please make your personal check payable to: Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, Inc.,  498 Seventh Avenue, 15th Floor,  New York, NY 10018