IDEA4Africa and Maranyunda Initiative held a wonderful joint event bringing greater awareness for the need for early entrepreneurial education in countries like Rwanda.
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April 2017


Mothers Who Mean Business

Last month IDEA4Africa and Maranyunda Initiative held a joint event screening the film MAMA RWANDA directed by Laura Waters Hinson. One hundred and thirty people were in attendance to view the film highlighting how women play such a vital part in the economic recovery of the country after the genocide. The short film was followed by a discussion led by Dennis Hanno with Isabelle Byusa and Rosine Ndayishimiye, both of whom have been associated with our organization that is focused on Education and Entrepreneurship as the drivers for economic independence.

Many Rwandan's in the audience who are studying here explained the role that education has played in their lives and how it will also affect their communities when they return to Rwanda. The thread that ran through the discussion was the need for starting Entrepreneurship Education early.  
Many organizations and schools were represented at the event enabling folks to hear about opportunities that were available in the country.

 Thank you to John Micalizzi and RSM for sponsoring this event!

The ISANO Weaving Cooperative
One of many ventures we work with
to help create sustainable businesses

These are some of the spectacular scarves and shawls the women of ISANO Weavers made for us. The ISANO Weaving cooperative in Rwanda was started in 2013 by Celine Mudahakana.

Celine saw the need to empower women in her community.  She worked with CHABHA (Children Affected By HIV/Aids) in Rwanda, taught these women to weave and started this venture that receives help from IDEA4Africa ensuring that it will be  a sustainable business. 

We are thrilled to be wearing these beautiful weavings and thrilled to support these talented women looking to better their lives and the lives of their families.

News from IDEA4Africa:

There is a lot of planning happening
  • We are in the planning stages for our July/August trip to Rwanda working with high school students from around the country. Several Board Members will be on the trip working alongside Wheaton students who will be teaching Entrepreneurship and Leadership skills in a deep dive one week workshop.

  • We are working on hiring another person to work with our Country Director in our Kigali office who would enable us to broaden our impact working with teachers to start 
    Entrepreneurship Clubs in high schools throughout the country. 

  • We are planning on having an intern working with us through the summer to be working on evaluations and assessments necessary for us to be documenting the impacts we are having.


It's been 23 years since the devastating Genocide in Rwanda. There are several commemorative events happening around the city in April:

Harvard University
Carr Center, Cambridge
April 7, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Event Information
Other Commemorative Events:
April 15, 2017:  23nd Anniversary Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi,
3:00-6:00 pm 
Boston College High School, 150 William T. Morrissey Blvd Dorchester.
Sponsored by Friends of Rwandan Genocide Survivors (FORGES) and Boston College High School. Please join us as we remember the victims, celebrate the resilience of survivors, and raise our voices to stand against genocides.

April 8, 2017:  23rd Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi,
3:00-6:00 pm 

Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham.
The panel of speakers will include a United Nations representative, experts on the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust, and a Rwandan survivor. This year we commemorate Kwibuka 23. Please join us, The Rwandan Community of New England and friends of Rwanda, in remembrance of the victims of the Rwandan Genocide.
So many people are benefiting
from your donations!

Here is what your dollars are doing:
Your $50 contribution 
supports an entrepreneurship training seminar for 10 high school students.
Your $100 contribution
provides the seed capital for one high school entrepreneurship club to launch a new venture.
Your $250 contribution
supports a two-day training program for 10 high school entrepreneurship teachers.

Gifts of $1000 or more
build the endowment for the IDEA Center in Kigali. 
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