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Gashora Girls '14 Alum Co-Founds STEM Initiative
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New Head of School
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The Rwanda Girls Initiative Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of Atete Rugege, as Head of School, succeeding Alain Munyaburanga on June 1st.

The Board of Directors and Search Committee were unanimous in the decision and belief that Atete's experience, skills and leadership style make her the ideal person to honor the culture of GGAST with an eye toward the future.

Passionate about women and girls' empowerment, Atete has over 15 years of experience working in civil society and the private sector. Serving in different capacities including working to advance access to finance for micro, small and medium sized businesses. As a team member and consultant for the International Finance Corporation (IFC)/World Bank, Atete developed programming that fostered financial sector development in Rwanda and other Sub-Saharan African countries.

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Gashora Grads Helping Refugees

This article is re-posted from Colorado State University website and features three of our Gashora Girls Academy graduates from the Class of 2017. The article was written by Tony Phife

When Merci Mukeshimana left her home in Rwanda to study food safety and human nutrition in CSU's College for Health and Human Sciences, she had dreams of one day running her own food company.

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Meet Esther

Esther Rugoli is a Junior majoring in Agricultural Biotechnology at Washington State University. Her interest lies in plant breeding, and her long-term goals are to make an impact on traditional farming in Rwanda so that the farmers will have a chance to have access to new varieties that are higher yielding to ensure food security. At WSU she has been exposed to outside classroom experiences

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Alumna Named as African Representative!

Rusa Divine was recently named as the Regional Advisor for Africa at the International Federation of Medical Student Association (IFMSA). The IFMSA is the largest student led organization in the world where medical students around the world meet to discuss, learn and grow. For the next year, Rusa will be heading the African department, working with internationals from the 5 world regions, in work with Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS (SCORA).

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