The Rwanda School Project’s mission is to provide high quality secondary education in Rwanda. We opened the Rwamagana Leaders’ School in 2010 to offer a secure and nurturing school environment that transforms vulnerable youth into future leaders and problem solvers who champion environmental sustainability and social change.
Sponsorship Invitation from Debbi Holmerud, Sponsorship Chairperson
Necessary dorm addition to add bed space
2020 was quite a year! Our school was closed in March and reopened in November as a boarding-only school.
Now in 2021 in order to accommodate more boarding students, during COVID we added 60 additional beds to the boys’ dorm to give us a total of 100 for girls and 100 for boys. Thank you for your support over the years, and at this time we are reaching out to you to help us as we move forward with implementing a two-prong interconnected post-COVID shut-down strategy.
1. Build a library. In addition to giving us a much needed library, this addition would free up three classrooms giving us the extra space necessary to implement proper post-COVID safety protocols.
2. Increase sponsorship. Because of COVID, all our students need to remain on campus, which has increased our need for sponsors. Currently, we have 78 students who need sponsorship. A sponsorship provides education, three meals a day, 24-hour per day supervision, as well as a uniform, books and supplies. The cost is $160/mo and if wish to sponsor a student, please press the “Donate Now” button at the top of this page.
In 2019, five from our first graduating class graduated from Kepler University. One of those graduates, Amani Simbayobewe, (class of 2015) founded Rukundo, a nonprofit to “provide resources and support for the street children of Kigali to help them leave behind street life, return to school, and receive the education that will allow them to contribute to society and achieve their dreams.”
Ornella Irakoze (class of 2015) founded the IF Foundation to support sustainable community development for single mothers, female Genocide survivors, and families. “I learned a lot in life and I feel like it is my time to give back.”
Other graduates have been empowered in other ways. Mucyo Pacifique (class of 2017) received a four-year scholarship to the University of Nebraska with the commitment to work for at least five years after graduation to advance the agricultural sector in Rwanda.
Rita Kagaju (class of 2018) is on the Dean’s list at Hope College in Michigan. She is an accomplished singer with several albums.
You can see a video of Pacifique and Rita on “Our Work” videos on this website.
Food distribution from Rwamagana Campus
“Moses is a passionate educator with a special focus on sustainable and equitable education practices. He is director of Rwamagana Leaders’ School/Rwanda School Project. He worked as the founding principal of Kivu Hills Academy/Arise Rwanda Ministries, Akilah Institute for Women, and as secondary director of Kigali Christian School.”
This is the opening statement from the Segal Family Foundation in announcing the winners of their 2021 African Visionary Fellowship. The Segal Family Foundation created the African Visionary Fellowship in 2017 to break the paradigm that the revenue growth of their partners led by expatriates grew twice as fast as those led by Africans. We are proud that our director Moses Ssenyonjo is recognized as a leader in Africa. We recently reported how he was a leader in food distribution from Rwamagana during the COVID shutdown and this year’s award from Segal confirmed his leadership.
“Moses has dedicated his life to transforming the lives of the youth through equitable and relevant education, and he believes that given the right opportunity, every youth is a leader in the making.”
Segal’s African Visionary Fellows receive mentorship, exposure, and the support of like-minded changemakers.