Elvis Releases a Hit

Inyarabuga Elvis — stage name, “Levis Lenzy” — is an Enrichment Year student at ASYV. He loves singing and making music and has become a school celebrity for his creativity and talent. Below is a short biography, written by Elvis himself, about his love for music and the meaning behind his new hit, "Till the End." 

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Jill Radwin
Farm to Table at ASYV

Feeding over 500 hungry teenagers three meals a day is a difficult task. This is only possible because of the ASYV farm and kitchen. The journey that food takes to make it to the tables in the ASYV dining hall is remarkable.

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Jill Radwin
Ezekel Takes the Stage

Ezekel (Class of 2022) didn’t know how deeply he loved music before he sat in front of a piano. Growing up in Rwanda’s Northern Province, Ezekel couldn’t afford to play music at home, and his school didn’t have the resources to provide a musical education. That changed when Ezekel arrived at Agahozo-Shalom.

At ASYV, we believe that a student with a passion is a student more engaged with life. Enrichment programs in athletics and the arts, like volleyball and videography, give our students the opportunity to try something new and to learn about themselves.

For Ezekel, this journey began with the piano; he started slowly, learning keys and chords, and then he began devoting weekend time to practicing, outside of class. Ezekel had found something exciting, and he was soon ready to share that discovery with the Village. Read more at the link below.

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Jill Radwin
ASYV's Interfamily Competition, ASYV Champions League is Underway!

The ASYV Champions League is the Village’s most competitive sporting event unparalleled in its ability to bestow prestige on a family or student.

The Champions League, an interfamily competition in basketball, volleyball and football (soccer), takes place each year from May through July. The competition is a big deal. Families game out strategies and organize practice days in advance. Mamas, Cousins, and Big Siblings coach and encourage their team. This year’s theme is “We Can Do it Better,” introducing the idea that we can always improve ourselves and our community. It also emphasizes that although we are competing against each other, we are still a family and one person’s success is a success for us all.

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Jill Radwin
In Celebration of Women's History Month, Meet a Few of ASYV's Powerful Young Women

From the minute they step on campus, our young women are encouraged and taught to become confident leaders in their community.

This month, our female empowerment clubs lead several initiatives to lift ASYV's female voices, including a girls' speech competition and public speaking workshop, a girls' business plan competition, a visit with local girls to discuss challenges facing women in Rwanda, and a field trip to Kigali to explore female-run businesses.

In celebration of the powerful young women of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, we are highlighting three of our female leaders. ASYV is thrilled to celebrate young women like Mary, Deborah, and Hyguette this and every month of the year.

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Jill Radwin
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