The New Times (Kigali)

12 January 2013

Rwanda: Agahozo-Shalom Village Sets the Pace in Nurturing Needy Youth

editorial

The Agahozo-Shalom Village which shelters and nurtures the youth orphaned during and after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, on Thursday, celebrated the graduation of its first lot of 118 students.

This is indeed potentially groundbreaking because of its scope and ability to fine-tune orphans who had lost all hope and who have since then been embedded into the societal fabric.

Agahozo Shalom Village has further given the orphans a platform to jump-start on their careers and excel at the university level.

The Village represents an ambition to do what they can to motivate, support and inspire the young people which are crucial to their success in life.

While substantial resources have helped make the school a model village, courtesy of American philanthropist Anne Heyman-Merrin, these would be null and void if the students do not make the best of their skills to contribute to their wellbeing and that of the nation at large.

In the ultimate analysis, the youth, therefore, should embrace and adhere to the call made by President Paul Kagame that the Rwandan people need them and count on their contribution to move the nation forward.

Young people have huge potential and enthusiasm to contribute to society and it is gratifying to realise that government shares this perspective by paving the way for moderation, tolerance and coexistence, as well as enacting youth-friendly policies.

The Agahozo-Shalom graduates must, therefore, be ready and willing to take full advantage of any opportunity that comes their way and an important reference point to show that whatever hurdle one faces in life is surmountable.

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