Leading the way

Although students graduate from ASYV each year, they never leave our family. We have a dedicated team focused on building pathways for our kids after they graduate and ensuring that the connection between students and ASYV continues beyond graduation. We are so proud of the successes of our alumni and encourage them to stay involved with ASYV through our alumni network, visit annually, and come back to work for us when they finish their studies.

See all the great things alumni are doing. From interning at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Israel to developing female empowerment programs during the summer break and building Tikkun Olam programs in Rwanda, our alumni are changing their communities and creating a better world.

Interested in bringing an alum to your community to speak about ASYV? Contact us to see if we have alumni local to you.


Anne's Vision for me, and All of Rwanda

One of the first students to go to ASYV, Emmanuel went from losing his parents in the Genocide Against the Tutsi and suffering from deep poverty to a fully-funded ASYV education and graduating from the University of Pennsylvania.

See why Emmanuel thanks Anne Heyman everyday ≫

Sam's Story 

“I once lived in a world with my only friend being my shadow. But at ASYV, I lived in a family and I had a bunch of friends surrounding me… ASYV was my engine that provided me with energy to maximize my full potential and achieve my dreams.”

Read Sam’s full transformation story here ≫


The Gift of Art 

Meet Patrick Niyonshima, an alum who is achieving big things, even though he's just getting started. As one of four ASYV-alumni founders of Tikkun Olam Foundation for Entertaining Rwanda (TOFE), Patrick is focused on implementing Tikkun Olam around Rwanda by making arts and music more accessible to all. 

See his full story here ≫

Understanding Trauma Through the Generations

This past summer, Liliane Pari Umuhoza made the trip from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, all the way to Jerusalem, Israel to intern at The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Yad Vashem.

See more about Liliane's experience here ≫

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Lift Her Up - A New Female Empowerment Initiative

Last summer, Peace Grace Muhizi, founder of our Female Solidarity Legacy student group, came back to ASYV from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia to continue building a legacy. She spent the summer inspiring ASYV girls through events on women’s rights, career guidance, health, and other educational topics.

See more on this story here ≫

Where Are They Now? A Visit With Our Alumni

Each year village management undertakes an extensive survey of our graduates, travelling across Rwanda. In 2016, the team talked to 180 alumni to hear about life outside of ASYV – with incredible results. Over 80% of ASYV’s Class of 2016 graduates had secured a place at university, most of them with full or partial scholarships. The family and community values at ASYV don’t end at our gates, either: graduates continue the tradition of Family Time amongst themselves and are involved in Tikkun Olam activities.

See more about the powerful alumni community here >>