Tufts with Rwanda Fellowship Trip
The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village is home to the most vulnerable Rwanda teens, many of them orphans of the genocide and survivors of unspeakable trauma. Founded by Anne Heyman and Seth Merrin in 2008, the village is a safe and secure living environment that supports these young survivors with health care, education, and necessary life skills. Using education and service, the village is a modern model of how to create socially responsible citizens in Rwanda and around the world.
Each summer since 2009, Tufts Hillel sends an interfaith group of twenty-two students on a twelve-day trip to volunteer at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village and study the impact of contemporary genocide on society. Students tour memorial sites and spend time living in the village, working on community service projects, and meeting with genocide survivors.
Upon returning to campus, students continue their engagement with the village, designing educational programs on the Rwandan genocide, raising funds for the village, and promoting awareness about educational and reconciliation initiatives in Rwanda.
By meeting and working side-by-side with these inspiring Rwandan teens and village leaders, Tufts students who take the annual trip learn about the issues of genocide in our world today, can put the theories of activism and advocacy into practice, and see first hand the importance of moral action in the face of persecution and oppression.