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Microsoft Alumni Foundation 2013 Integral Fellows Nomination: RGI's Kimberly Mecham
Posted in: People  — Monday, August 19, 2013

» RGI is so grateful for the support of our fabulous board member, Kimberly Mecham! Kimberly is a Microsoft Alumni Foundation 2013 Integral Fellows nominee. Please check out her nomination for her nonprofit work:   One afternoon, in the spring of 2008, two friends asked me to create a website for them.  They were preparing for a television interview to talk about their recently fo... read more

Wharton Executive MBA Spotlight: Lindsay Beck
Posted in: People  — Monday, July 01, 2013

» After spending a week in Rwanda studying change leadership as part of Wharton's Executive MBA program, I serendipitously found myself touring the Gashora Girls Academy.  I loved the school immediately and was blown away by its accomplishments.  Having spent my entire career as an entrepreneur in the nonprofit arena I was also drawn to the story of its founders and thenormal grow... read more

"Witness and Celeste's Excellent Adventure" by Peter Thorp
Posted in: People  — Thursday, October 11, 2012

» Imagine the courage it took our two Senior 5 representatives to get on that plane headed to the USA on August 9th. Neither Witness nor Celeste had ever been out of Rwanda, let alone on a plane. So off they went, with their parents’ blessings and, we hoped, thorough directions about how to navigate the Amsterdam airport where they would have to change planes for their final leg to Boston. ... read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Sam Werme
Posted in: People  — Tuesday, October 09, 2012

» With one month remaining in the academic year, I reflect back on my last ten months at GGAST and am overcome with the settling sense of gratitude.  Gratitude for the opportunity to leave everything I have ever known and experience something new, gratitude to be learning and growing within a new life and culture, but most importantly the gratitude to be a part of something as significant and s... read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Jenn Larr
Posted in: People  — Thursday, March 08, 2012

» I came to the Gashora Girls Academy in January 2011 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, but it wasn’t my first time working with the school. Before its construction was finished, I met Peter Thorp when my Program Director sent out an e-mail about a summer break tutoring program for English in the South Eastern village of Gashora. The program was free and exclusively for girls. I was always very inte... read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa Rico, Artist
Posted in: People  — Friday, August 19, 2011

» Lessons Learned by Lisa Rico   Falling in love with 90 young women was not in my thoughts when I volunteered to teach at Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST) this summer. I am not a teacher. I’m an artist who happens to love Rwanda. I paint women and children survivors of war, most of who are from Rwanda. So when asked if I would consider teaching art at t... read more

GGA Headmaster Peter Thorp Receives Special Commendation
Posted in: People  — Tuesday, August 02, 2011

» Congratulations to Gashora Girls Academy Headmaster Peter Thorp for receiving a special commendation from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on August 2, 2011.  Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi offered the commendation to “welcome home an outstanding San Francisco educator.”  Peter, who was back in the States during GGA’s semester break, was lauded for making “a... read more

Inspirational Utah Volunteers
Posted in: People  — Monday, February 07, 2011

» We are consistently amazed by the creative ways in which people have come together in support of the Gashora Girls Academy.  Kim in Utah organized hundreds of people from church groups, families, and friends to tie the quilts that cover the beds in the dormitories.  The volunteers came from many ages, genders, and ethnicities, all with the desire to make a difference for girls in Rwanda.... read more

Meet Jim
Posted in: People  — Thursday, June 17, 2010

» Rwanda Girls Initiative is thrilled to welcome Jim Bullock as our summer business development consultant.  He is headed to Rwanda this August to help RGI in a key aspect of our model: developing sustainable sources of funding for the Gashora Girls Academy.  He'll be looking into how much food RGI can grow on the school grounds in support of the school, while evaluating other potentia... read more

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