Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (www.asyv.org) is a unique residential community and secondary school in Rwanda which is home to 500 vulnerable youth, many of whom were orphaned during and in the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide. Each year 125 students graduate from ASYV and an additional 125 enter. Based on an Israeli model that originally served orphans from the Holocaust, and now fully adapted to a Rwandan context, Agahozo-Shalom is a comprehensive living, learning and healing community that seeks to "restore the rhythm of life" by enabling orphaned and vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills. Agahozo-Shalom also utilizes education and service to model and create socially responsible citizens in Rwanda and around the world.
$5 feeds a nutritiously balanced meal to an entire family of 16 students at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Students and staff eat all of their meals together. Meals are served family-style, three times a day. Sorghum porridge, tea, and bread are served at breakfast. Lunch and dinner is usually beans, rice, plantains, or potatoes with an assortment of cooked vegetables from the Village farm.
General Tour Information: All visits to the Village must be scheduled in advance. Please email [email protected] for additional information, and to arrange a tour. Agahozo-Shalom is approximately 75 minutes east of Kigali. The easiest way to get to the Village is by hiring a driver. A tour of the Village is generally 2 to 3 hours long. It begins at the center of the Village and includes a Family Home, the amphitheater, the farm, the Science Center, the art and music centers, the school and the dining hall.
If you have specific points of interest that you would like to see, please let us know ahead of time and we will try to emphasize the relevant aspects of the Village. * Please note that the tour is given on foot and includes a significant amount of walking. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress accordingly.
What To Bring
We welcome both monetary and in-kind donations. If you wish to bring items to donate to the Village, please check with us prior to your visit to determine what our current needs are.
All donations must be processed with our administration and should not be given directly to the
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