Ezekel Takes the Stage
ASYV's Interfamily Competition, ASYV Champions League is Underway!
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.
In Celebration of Women's History Month, Meet a Few of ASYV's Powerful Young Women
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.
ASYV Students Attend International Health Conference
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.
Enrichment Year’s New Name Is…
On March 3 - 4, four ASYV students had the exciting opportunity to attend the Africa Health Agenda International Conference Youth Pre-Conference in Kigali. The two-day conference taught young leaders in Africa about the continent’s health systems and how Universal Health Coverage can become a reality.
What to love about a first visit to ASYV and Rwanda
Our newest grade, previously called Enrichment Year, has a new name!
A Day in the Life at ASYV
There is so much to love about visiting Rwanda and the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Check out Information Technology Fellow Kevin Horst’s musings on a few of the many joys that have made his first few months in Rwanda so special.
Welcome Back to Our Students!
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a student at ASYV?
A Family that Lasts
It’s hard to believe we are already three weeks into our 2019 Academic year. It has been a busy few weeks at the Village!
An Interview with Issa, ASYV's Director of Operations & Procurement
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.
ASYV Alumni and the Go Far Soccer Team
Learn more about Issa Sikubwabo, ASYV’s Director of Operations & Procurement in our one-on-one interview.
A Mended Heart for Fils
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.
Vincent Sugira Wins Big in Debate
At Agahozo-Shalom, we center our work on the Jewish value of tikkun halev, repairing the heart. Last month, tikkun halev took on new meaning for one of our kids, Fils.
The Latest ASYV.org - Meet Your Guides
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:
This month, ASYV relaunched asyv.org with a new look focused on the heart of the Village, guided by Noella and Bosco!
ASYV Remembers the Genocide Against the Tutsi
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.
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.