The Agahozo – Shalom Youth Village
Empower orphaned and vulnerable Rwandan youth to build lives of dignity and contribute to a better world.
In 2005, while attending a talk about the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Anne Heyman learned that the country had 1.2 million orphans. Without a systemic solution to support the well-being and development of Rwanda’s vast orphan population, many were being left behind. Anne recognized that to address their orphan crisis following the Holocaust, Israel built residential communities that ensured the orphans’ safety, security, and development. Anne was inspired to bring this model to Rwanda. From there, thanks to Anne’s perseverance, the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village was founded. In 2008, ASYV opened its gates to the first class of 128 students.