Our mission


It takes a Village to transform a child.

Through healing, education, and love, the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village empowers orphaned and vulnerable Rwandan youth to build lives of dignity and contribute to a better world.


Why a youth village?

Children need the love and support of a family to thrive. When a family isn’t stable, due to societal trauma or personal tragedy, a youth village can fill the gap. By providing a warm and welcoming home, youth villages build families that last a lifetime.

Modeled after Yemin Orde, an Israeli youth village established in 1953 to care for orphans of the Holocaust, Agahozo-Shalom is a place where "tears are dried" (from the Kinyarwanda word "agahozo") and where vulnerable youth can “live in peace” (from the Hebrew word "shalom").

How we accomplish our mission 

Our model combines four essential elements to nurture the intellectual and emotional growth of our kids.

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Parental Wholeness


Formal Education


Health & Wellness


Life Enrichment Applied Programs


Our core values

Our core values inspire all of our work, focusing our staff on the best interests of the child and helping our  students to create a community dedicated to building empowered and self-reliant lives.    

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