Situated close to Rugarama, in Rwanda, the Agahozo-Shalom Youth village was set up following the 1994 genocide that took place in the country. It is a home for orphans, mainly created following the mass killing of the Tutsi’s. This village was founded by Anne Heyman (deceased) and her husband. The aim of the village is to provide a safe space for displaced orphans whilst giving them a sound and quality education.
The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village lies on a 144 acre space and surrounding by a lush green gentle slopes. The village has a lot of houses constructed for its students and facilities for learning and recreational activities as well. The village can boast of a library, gymnasium, amphitheatre, computer labs, science centre, community centre, green houses, a playground and enough land for farming and vocational training.
Also, in this community, there is an 8.5 megawatt solar panel plant, estimated at $23 million. This project was begun by Gigawatt Global in 2014 and was completed in 2015. Now this solar panel plant provides power to about 10% of the country’s population. Apart from providing its 500 students with good education, the students also receive vocational training, farming experiences on the farm as well as other skill sets.
The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village is a commendable project. It has helped transform the lives of several orphaned youth in the country and continues to do so. Most of those children have gone ahead to achieve major feats and others have dreams which are in the process of materialising. Some of the projects carried out there village help out with the financing of the community aand generates some revenue for the country as well.