A Family that Lasts

After graduation, our students depart the Village gates - but our Village family always remains connected.

From studying together, to forming a business together, to getting married, ASYV alumni carry their Village bonds with them always.

Read about a few of our alumni and how they’ve remained deeply connected with their ASYV family.

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Jill Radwin
ASYV Alumni and the Go Far Soccer Team

On Saturday, September 29th, the Go Far Soccer Team, a new initiative of the ASYV alumni association, came together for Umuganda (community service) in Musanze, Rwanda. Our graduates visited the Muhabura Integrated Polytechnic College, where they joined the Institute’s students in various acts of community service. Projects included bush-clearing and garbage pick-up. Eager to pay their learning forward, our graduates also took this opportunity to discuss Agahozo-Shalom’s commitment to community service as part of our core values.

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Jill Radwin
Vincent Sugira Wins Big in Debate

Vincent Sugira is a Senior 5 (junior) student from the King Mutara III Rudahigwa Family at Agahozo-Shalom.

Last month, Vincent was awarded the honor of 6th Best Speaker in East Africa at the East African Debate Championship.

Here is his story of becoming a successful debater:

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Jill Radwin
Supporter Spotlight

We are thrilled to spotlight our 2018 gala honorees, three long-time Village volunteers: Phyllis Lerner, Martin Phillipps, and Mikey Walker!

Phyllis, Marty, and Mikey will receive this year's Anne Heyman Spirit Award, which honors those who demonstrate the best of what makes ASYV a family: passion, dedication, and love for the Village's kids.

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Jill Radwin
ASYV Remembers the Genocide Against the Tutsi

This past week, the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village commemorated the 24thanniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi. This profound event, known asKwibuka, or “remember,” serves as a call to memorialize those who were lost in the genocide, to heal those who survived, and to understand the past as Rwanda moves forward.

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ASYV Elects a New Alumni Association!

This month, the ASYV Alumni Association elected a new leadership committee! 

The Association assists the Village by connecting us to our alumni so that we can better measure our impact. Moving forward, the Association hopes to  fundraise and continue their own Tikkun Olam projects in and outside the Village to give back to ASYV and the greater Rwandan community. 

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AlumniMercedes McGee
Our Class of 2021 Has a Name!

The Class of 2021 has chosen its name: Umucyo!

In addition to each grade choosing a name for itself, the newly formed Enrichment Year families choose the family name that will be theirs forever. Each family must identify a late hero that will be their namesake and our students are empowered to carefully research their selection. 

The EY grade and families' names were announced in a special Naming Ceremony, during a Friday evening Village Time. It was a wonderful celebration of the students' success to come. 

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EventsMercedes McGee2018
Tikkun Olam in Action on Patients’ Day

Thursday, March 15th was Patients’ Day in Rwanda. All over the country hospitals and social services spent the day organizing events to lift up and deliver hope to people in need of healing.

Agahozo-Shalom’s Healthy Living Group spent the week leading up to the event gathering donations from among the Village community to be delivered to the local Rwamagana Hospital.

On the day of the event, the Healthy Living group piled into a bus with bags of clothes, laundry detergent, and over 100,000 Rwandan Francs raised from the ASYV community.

When asked what it meant to be at Patients’ Day, student Mukeshimana Ange answered, "It's a pleasure to be here and to help the people who are sick. I'm giving something that they need, soap and clothing. I'm here to see how people react. To help them not be worried, to encourage them." Ange later performed in a sketch along with other Healthy Living Group members. "The sketch is to encourage," she said.

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