Richard's Rwanda IMUHWE
- Enable girls to finish primary school and attend 6 years of secondary school;
- Reduce the gender discrimination that prevents girls from completing primary and secondary education.
- Develop an on-going cross-cultural exchange program between high school students in Seattle, WA and primary and secondary girls in Nyamata and Kigali Rwanda.
- Support the mentorship provided by girls from Fawe Girls School in the Rwandan capital Kigali, to low income girls in the rural district of Nyamata.
- Collaborate with local NGOs in Rwanda to maintain the support for girls to complete their secondary education.
- High school students in Seattle will raise funds to support program activities through proposal writing and fund-raising activities.
- Increase community awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding the Rwandan genocide by organizing speakers, remembrance events and community outreach activities.
- Raised nearly $40,000 to support girls in Rwanda to finish their primary and secondary education;
- Approved for $25,000 matching grant from Paul Allen Foundation;
- Annual fund-raising events by Seattle students;
- Developed a partnership with a local Rwandan girls’ school FAWE (Forum African Women Educationalist Girls School) to establish their own chapter of Richard’s Rwanda IPMUHWE to provide mentoring to low-income girls in the impoverished rural area of Namata; The program has officially been incorporated as part of a community service program for the FAWE School. (See below for more details).
- June 2010 twelve founding members of RRI (from various member Seattle high schools) will travel to Rwanda to teach English literacy to impoverished high girls in the rural district of Nyamata and strengthen collaboration with their peers at FAWE.