In September, Safi Life held a "Back to School" charity walk in Van Nuys, California, where we raised over $2,400 for our two newest students! Zoula and Safi, both hospitality school students in Rwanda, are studying hotel management and administration. They are now on track to better their futures and graduate from college. We are extremely excited to see what they do with their amazing careers!
When I first heard my friend talking about her work with genocide survivors in Rwanda, I thought what probably most people think at first. My only impression of Rwanda was the movie Hotel Rwanda, and in my mind, genocide meant it was currently a war torn country. I have found that I am not alone in this first impression. The truth of the matter is that, through no fault of their own, most people aren’t very educated about the Rwandan genocide of 1994.
We are so excited to be featured in Darling Magazine’s Embodied Series as The Achiever. This incredible magazine wrote an article about the work we are doing in Rwanda and the women we are working with.
Darling Magazine is "more than just a print magazine, it's a wise guide to the art of being a woman” and we are beyond thrilled to have gotten this opportunity to be interviewed!
Below is an excerpt from the article:
"Darling Magazine: What’s the most influential thing you have learned from working with these young women?
Jessica: Each of these young women have experienced a horrific tragedy in their lives. Most of us can’t even imagine going through what they’ve been through. But they have not only survived, they thrive! They are joyful, vibrant, and loving! They believe with every fiber in their being that they have a purpose in life, and have a deep desire to make a positive impact in their communities, their country, and the world. I am inspired daily by them. It’s easy to get caught up in trivial troubles that life throws my way, but these young women inspire me to practice an attitude of gratitude, to pour out love onto others and to passionately pursue a meaningful life that positively impacts the world I live in.
Darling Magazine: Do you see Safi life potentially growing to aid women with scholarships in other countries in the future?
Jessica: It is our dream to expand Safi Life into other African countries in the future. There is certainly a need for it, and we believe that educating women is pivotal in creating stable, thriving African nations. Statistics show that an educated woman in a developing nation is less likely to suffer from domestic abuse, medical complications, and poverty. Educated women gain respect from their male counterparts and typically reinvest their incomes into improving their communities. Cultural norms begin to shift, and by simply educating women, a healthier society begins to form. It’s exciting to think about!"
For more of this exciting interview, read it here and follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
Help us reach our goal of $5,000 on Generosity
We are so excited to announce the launch of our Generosity by Indiegogo campaign. We are a non-profit and with this campaign we hope to raise enough money to send five girls in our program to University for their Senior Year. These girls have been studying hard and are so excited to finish up with their time in university. We all know how powerful an education is, especially to women, and we can’t wait to see what these five women accomplish. Help us go viral and spread the word! Every dollar, like, share, status, and tweet count! Check it out here.
We're so excited that one of the largest U.S. charities, the National Christian Foundation (NCF), has featured Safi Life in their new 2015 Ministry Report. NCF handles all of Safi Life's online donations by providing a fast and secure payment method for generous givers who want to support our ministry.
Here's the story that shares our vision to help educate, empower, and advance today's African women:
Acting on love
Between auditions and rehearsals, NCF givers Devon Ogden and Jessica Davis are changing the lives of female genocide survivors and orphans in Rwanda. When these young L.A. actresses first volunteered in Rwanda, they knew that they had to do something. So Devon created Safi Life, a ministry that helps give Rwandan girls a chance for life-changing higher education. Recently, Devon and Jessica traveled to Rwanda with a group of filmmakers to begin making a documentary about forgiveness, hope, and progress.
Their ministry is named after Safi Umukundwa, who also serves as the organization’s director in Kigali, Rwanda. This brave young woman survived the Rwandan genocide against Tutsi when she was only eight years old. Safi put herself through secondary school, was awarded funding for a university education, and now works with other young women. Devon says, “Safi’s life serves as a powerful reminder of what women can achieve even amidst the most difficult circumstances.”