NDASHOBOYE. In Rwandan, that means “I am able/capable”. It is also the name of the new Safi Life outreach program to rehabilitate more than 50 women annually who have been shunned by their families and communities due to early or unwanted pregnancies, were raped, or were teenage prostitutes in Rwanda. We believe in restoring dignity to ALL Rwandan women.
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!
Help us reach our goal of $5,000 on Generosity
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 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.”