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March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011

I have had a wonderful experience working with the Akilah Institute. A friend of mine introduced me to this charity a few years ago as he knew one of the founders (Elizabeth Dearborn Davis) from high school. Right away I knew this was something I wanted to be involved with. Not only do I think it's extremely important to give young women across the globe, specifically in Africa, an education, but I also loved how I knew exactly where the funds from this charity were going and who was running it.

Last year I had the chance to meet two of the students who have benefited from Akilah. I think what amazed me most was their incredible strength. These girls grew up in genocide and now some of them are living next door to the people who murdered their families. The level of forgiveness is quite incredible, and made me truly realize how very special these young women are.

Lastly, Akilah focuses on teaching these young women about tourism, as this is the fastest growing sector in Rwanda. This education is one of the major tools that allows them to finally get out of poverty.

I can't say enough good things about this charity and look forward to working with it in the future.

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I have met with students, staff and teachers from this organization. I also donate monthly and receive information on the students and how the school is growing all the time.

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I would not change a thing - I think they are doing amazing work.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I help by doing Graphic Design work for Project Akilah. I am a Graphic Designer by trade, but the volunteer work that I do for Akilah actually gives back to me - it makes my work feel worthwhile, as I can see and feel how my contribution adds to an organization that is helping to educate and empower so many young women. I have had the splendid opportunity to meet two of the young women attending the Akilah Institute for Women, and their spirit, strength, hope and determination is such a gift - has been such an inspiration to me.

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I have had the splendid opportunity to meet two of the young women attending the Akilah Institute for Women, and their spirit, strength, hope and determination is such a gift - has been such an inspiration to me.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not sure...

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I worked in the Tampa, Florida Akilah office as the Development Intern for the Fall of 2010. I worked with the Development Associate to plan and execute a nationwide fundraising tour spanning seven cities. With a matching donation, this "Metropolitan Safari" raised almost half a million dollars! The mission of Akilah is honorable and genuine as are the teachers, staff, executives, and co-founders behind the organization. I know I was helping to make a difference in the lives of young Rwandan women. I truly enjoyed my time at Akilah and I will be a supporter and donor for life.

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I had the opportunity to visit the Akilah Institute for Women in Kigali Rwanda and meet all the young women enrolled. It was amazing to see the direct impact that Akilah's education and training have on the students. They are eager to learn and always have smiles on their faces. After speaking to several students I was able to see how these students had little hope for the future before they were enrolled at Akilah. Since attending Akilah the young women began to have a renewed hope for their future.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase video content and interactive experiences on the website so that donors and supporters can see and understand how their money and time are improving the lives of young Rwandan women and their families.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

After traveling to Rwanda in 2009, and witnessing firsthand the crucial role women play in the growth of this developing country, I was inspired to find an opportunity to work with an organization focused on improving the lives of Rwandan women through access to education and job skills. My experience with Akilah has been truly wonderful. After identifying a growing job sector (hospitality), Elizabeth and her team focused their efforts on providing girls with specific skills they can use to support themselves and their families, and contribute to one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. I served on a committee to host a fundraiser in New York City, which was part of the Metropolitan Safari tour they organized across the US this fall. Even though the Akilah team was not based here, they were extremely organized and communicated their goals to our committee effectively. The Akilah students who attended the event spoke eloquently about their experiences and were truly inspirational in their stories.

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Speaking with Akilah students during their visit to NYC proved how exceptional the Akilah program truly is.

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Judging from the high number of applications the Akilah Institute receives for each term, it's clearly generating a positive reputation in Rwanda. It would be wonderful to see the program expand to help more women, which clearly can only be made possible through increased funding. Perhaps finding a corporate partner would make this possible.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

Akilah Institute is one of the most forward thinking vocational training schools for young women in Africa today. Their focus is for each young woman who graduates from Akilah to be eminently employable, thus raising the living standards of the graduates and their families and communities. Akilah also provides these young women with the tools to cope with emotional issues, as many were orphans from the Rwandan genocide, using meditation techniques and an openly expressive and nurturing environment. I have been delighted to participate in the creation and the support of Akilah Institute, as I feel that their educational and business model is sound and will produce results that are much needed.

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watching young women grow and blossom, and develop confidence they would never have had before as they understand that they are the next business and community leaders of their beloved Rwanda.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask Akilah to change their website to the website that I helped design for them! I know that it may not be a priority, but it's really a better design overall.

February 28, 2011
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February 28, 2011
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Akilah Project is one of the most progressive non-profit organizations I have been blessed to be a part of in my college career. The drive of the Akilah organizers is much to be admired, and they consistently display true passion in all their fund-raising and awareness endeavors. Working along side this wonderful organization has given me the experience needed to one day create my own non-profit for where I am from, Nigeria. I still have a lot to learn, but I recognize that working with the Akilah women, has been the best place to start.

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The amount of money raised for Rwanda girls to go to schools and the cheerfulness and selflessness of the project organized to go against the many odds in making a trade school dream in Rwanda, after the genocide, a progressive reality.

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I personally have admired the innovation of Project Akilah and would opt to not change anything really. I love the passion displayed by the organizers and feel it is a lovely trait that Akilah can boast about, its drive to reach goals, and its loving spirit to better the society of Rwanda.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Absolutely, it gave me hope that their are still people out there who are passionate about creating Education for all people.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

That I could make a difference in the lives of all those around me!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I was able to organize a "lunch & learn" get-together for the women in my church and a local women's interfaith group, Bridge Builders. The young woman who founded the Akilah Institute and her two students were so impressive - intelligent, poised, articulate about the mission and so friendly. We were honored to be a host group and have the privilege of meeting these outstanding young women, who are literally changing the world for other women in a country that is still recovering from many wounds and scars. The Akilah Institute is doing work many of us wish we could do in person. Wonderful organization!

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Tampa, FL

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wish there were more like it.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

I had an absolutely wonderful experience working with Project Akilah. Being referred to the organization by a friend I had done charity work with in the past, I knew it would be an extremely fulfilling endeavor! However, I was not prepared to be as moved as I was at the event. Upon hearing the girls speak, and hearing their stories, and witnessing their dedication to bettering themselves and their country -- I was literally moved to tears!

It is a fabulous project - as women should feel empowered/be given opportunities everywhere -and I plan to help out Akilah in the future!

The Great!

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Nyc! Tons of people came out to support the event

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I would love to get more people involved --- the more focused on this cause, the more girls we can help!

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I had an absolutely wonderful experience working with Project Akilah. Being referred to the organization by a friend I had done charity work with in the past, I knew it would be an extremely fulfilling endeavor! However, I was not prepared to be as moved as I was at the event. Upon hearing the girls speak, and hearing their stories, and witnessing their dedication to bettering themselves and their country -- I was literally moved to tears!

It is a fabulous project - as women should feel empowered/be given opportunities everywhere -and I plan to help out Akilah in the future!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Nyc! Tons of people came out to support the event

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to get more people involved --- the more focused on this cause, the more girls we can help!

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I volunteered with an Akilhah fundraiser in Washington, DC. Not only is the Akilah staff motivated, but genuinely inversted in their work in Rwanda. It is inspiring to watch their work being built from scratch, and the direct impact they have had on the women they teach.

We were able to
hear the stories of two women who graduated from the institute, and how their lives have been positively impacted from this opportunity. The fact that the NGO operates with such a small overhead and staff, and is still able to fulfill thier vision, speaks to the character, passion, and integrity of this group of women.

The Great!

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the lives of my own friends who work for Akilah. They are inspiring and dedicated young professionals.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work on marketing beyond the family/friend connections.

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