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Summer Greetings from RGI
Posted in: Reflections  — Wednesday, July 31, 2013

» Happy Summer to all of you!  While our children are enjoying summer vacation, the girls at the Gashora Girls Academy in Rwanda are midway through their second term and studying harder than ever. It’s been quite a year so far!  GGA students admitted to the Yale Young Global Scholars summer program, a student selected for Clinton Global Initiative Scholarship through medical school&h... read more

Reasons to Celebrate International Day of the Girl
Posted in: Reflections  — Thursday, October 11, 2012

» A PERFECT 800 on the math portion of the SAT?? Are you kidding me?  For any student that would be a feat, but for a 17 year old girl from Rwanda to achieve this in a second language with limited school resources at her schools as she grew up is extraordinary!  Chartine, one of our students at GGA, is the perfect example of how the girls take the opportunities provided at the school and e... read more

Reflections from an American Student's Visit at Gashora Girls Academy
Posted in: Reflections  — Monday, March 12, 2012

» The incredible students at Gashora Girls Academy are an inspiration for young women worldwide. In a lesson on self-empowerment, the girls were asked to cite something about themselves they admired. In America, students would rather call themselves too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, too this or that, before admitting something they admire about themselves. At GGA, however, each girl stated c... read more

Gashora Girls Academy 2012 School Year Begins!
Posted in: Reflections  — Thursday, March 08, 2012

» Happy International Women’s Day! While there are still many challenges and injustices for women around the globe, there are also wonderful things happening and progress that should be celebrated. There is positive momentum and an increase in awareness of the issues the affect women and girls. There is a growing realization that addressing these challenges and investing in women is the most p... read more

An Update from Co-Founder Shalisan Foster
Posted in: Reflections  — Wednesday, September 28, 2011

» As the leaves on the trees in Seattle are beginning to change colors and we are settling into fall and a new school year, the girls at the Gashora Girls Academy are nearing completion of their first academic year.   It’s truly remarkable how quickly the time is flying by…  it seems like just yesterday that Soozi and I, along with friends from the U.S. and Rwanda, celebr... read more

Our Amazing Gashora Girls: First Term Update
Posted in: Reflections  — Tuesday, March 22, 2011

» By Peter Thorp, Head of School, Gashora Girls Academy   I’m writing this just an hour before our first term final examination Physics exam is about to start. After three years of planning and many months of construction, teacher hiring and preparation, national advertising and student enrollment, we are open and functioning just like a real school!   And real we are... read more

Beginnings; The Opening of the Gashora Girls Academy
Posted in: Reflections  — Tuesday, March 15, 2011

» Beginnings… By Suzanne Sinegal McGill   It’s hard to believe that less than 3 years ago Shal and I were first in Rwanda trying to decide where best to fit in to support education in the country.  On Friday, February 25, we stood up to welcome the first class of 90 amazing girls, their parents, more than 400 people from the local community, the Governor of the Eastern... read more

Midterms!
Posted in: Reflections  — Monday, March 07, 2011

» By: Esther Harder, Gashora Girls Academy English Teacher   Although we've only had students in their official combination classes (like a three-subject major in the British system) for exactly two weeks at this point, we had to give them a mid-term exam this week because our first term ends on April Fools Day. I've covered three topics with my upper level classes, so I de... read more

Fall Update from Peter Thorp
Posted in: Reflections  — Thursday, November 04, 2010

» I’m sure my former students, who described me as “tough but fair,” would be surprised to hear how emotional I am these days.  But what has been a project in the abstract since I arrived on May 1, is now very immediate, very real, and very personal. This “doing good” industry is equal parts personally rewarding and personally painful—it is so clear that the ... read more

Off to Rwanda!
Posted in: Reflections  — Monday, October 04, 2010

» We are leaving for Rwanda today with 12 bags stuffed full of fabric (for uniforms), office supplies, smoke detectors, and other items that have been difficult to find or expensive in Rwanda!  As usual, our itinerary is packed - we are looking forward to meetings with the ministry of education, the RGI team on the ground, and other partners thoughout the country.  Wish us luck!... read more

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