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February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

"Working in the field of international development, one of the greatest challenges is instituting projects that are not only viable in the short-term, but sustainable in the long-term. Akilah has managed to create a trajectory that accounts for the triple bottom line of environmental, social as well as financial sustainability, grown from and managed in a distinctly Rwandan context. Akilah's holistic approach on cultivating leaders and managers far surpasses most models which tend to focus on business development or access to finance alone. They are preparing a class of economic and social drivers, instead of mere aid-recipients. They are investing in long-term models for sustainable resource management and revenue-generation, instead of relying on extended donor support.

Tourism and hospitality are quickly emerging as core sectors in emerging economies around the globe, with a pronounced presence in oil-rich, post-conflict countries. Positive, localized and strategic options for developing these sectors in an equitable way will become critical in the next few years. The Akilah Institute for Women is well ahead of the curve in anticipating this momentum and has a long road of opportunity ahead."

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

In meeting the first group of students to break ground at Akilah after having been present for Akilah's much earlier startup phase, before they even had a campus.

Ways to make it better...

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

Create a train-the-trainers program for others imagining similar models for education, leadership-development and value-chain inclusion.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

I was curious to find a nonprofit based in Tampa, Florida that met women needs at a grassroots level that were hiring and this is how I met "Akilah"...which means wisdom in Swahili and embodies the gift that the founding family envisioned. I was impressed that they followed their dreams and fears to help others from a "different" world. That young spirit of urgency and passion moves me. the young organization has an impressive website, vivid pictures and plans for the future boarding school, teaming with Kigali's education and political figures. Videos of the students being accepted and the CEO speaking Kinyarwanda (impressive). Overall, they found a niche to teach women practical skills of a rapid economic sector, tourism, to empower women financially. Which is brilliant!


As a volunteer in Tampa, I tried to link the Akilah to STAND & African students at University of South Florida in Tampa to create awareness, collaboration and volunteerism...
We've assisted in fund raising event (which was a huge success, well managed), collecting books for a new library, Akilah students met and spoke with USF students, documentary showing about Rwanda's genocide and potential partnership with USF Holocaust and a Genocide Center.

I've met the young founders and the Tampa family, who are quite modestly grandiose. I feel a true sense of sincerity and compassion. From the inclusion of important events to the simple hand written thank you cards in the mail.

The students I got to meet via video from website or in person are truly sweet, they made me feel warm. I knew that any little help I have given to Akilah was indirectly given to me, because I saw myself in the playful laughter of the young women and their hopeful eyes for a limitless future. That gift is what we all want, to know the sky is not even the limit!

Thank you Akilah for helping our sisters around the world.

God Bless you as you expand.

You ROCK!

The Great!

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

Seeing them raise and get matched for thousands of dollars for their expanding student body and campus through hard work.

Ways to make it better...

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

Include more passionate African natives in Tampa from my naive perspective.

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

My experience with Akilah has been amazing. I find all the young women who make Akilah happen to be genuinely and pasionately connected to their work. After meeting some students, you can see why. Aki... more

February 21, 2011

My experience with Akilah has been amazing. I find all the young women who make Akilah happen to be genuinely and pasionately connected to their work. After meeting some students, you can see why. Akilah has found some amazing gems of the earth and is polishing them, preparing them to make a new life for their own people. The impacts being made in the women's lives are profound. Each young lady receives her training on a full scholarship, something offered no where else.
I also know that Akilah's operations are as cost-efficient as possible. Their events are primarily volunteer-staffed and have even embarked upon soliciting library donations to keep the cost of books down. They have gone above and beyond in acquiring grants and workers for the infastructure.
These efforts are solely so that donations go directly to students' scholarships, and less to overhead. I am impressed by everything Akilah is doing and am proud to volunteer for them.

The Great!

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

Through meeting Gisele and Anita. They are truly brilliant women who are very appreciative of the investment Akilah has made in them.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would open more campuses so that women in other areas could attend without being seperated from their families.

More feedback...

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Raffle a trip to Kigali. I want to visit Akilah

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

Meeting Gisele and Anita was an amazing experience, and we have continued to stay in touch. I was entrusted with some important aspects of an intense event, and that was greatly confidence-building.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Confident and effective. Appreciated and important.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 21, 2011

My experience with Akilah has been amazing. I find all the young women who make Akilah happen to be genuinely and pasionately connected to their work. After meeting some students, you can see why. Akilah has found some amazing gems of the earth and is polishing them, preparing them to make a new life for their own people. The impacts being made in the women's lives are profound. Each young lady receives her training on a full scholarship, something offered no where else.
I also know that Akilah's operations are as cost-efficient as possible. Their events are primarily volunteer-staffed and have even embarked upon soliciting library donations to keep the cost of books down. They have gone above and beyond in acquiring grants and workers for the infastructure.
These efforts are solely so that donations go directly to students' scholarships, and less to overhead. I am impressed by everything Akilah is doing and am proud to volunteer for them.

The Great!

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

Through meeting Gisele and Anita. They are truly brilliant women who are very appreciative of the investment Akilah has made in them.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would open more campuses so that women in other areas could attend without being seperated from their families.

More feedback...

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Raffle a trip to Kigali. I want to visit Akilah

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

Meeting Gisele and Anita was an amazing experience, and we have continued to stay in touch. I was entrusted with some important aspects of an intense event, and that was greatly confidence-building.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Confident and effective. Appreciated and important.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 19, 2011

I am so thankful I had the opportunity of being involved in this organization. When I saw the first-hand impact of what is being done for young women in Rwanda after meeting two Akilah students, I have never felt so proud of being a part of something. Akilah empowers some of the most resilient and extraordinary women I have ever met by giving them the opportunity to change their lives. These women are the best hope for Rwanda's future. They are an inspiration and a source of light in a country struck by one of the worst humanitarian disasters in history. In my opinion, Akilah's vision is an example to young women all around the world.

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

Meeting students from Akilah is the best indication of the results of this organization. Besides that, I had a insider view of the efficient way money is spent at this organization, the tangible changes in the lives of these women and the vision for the future of the organization. If this organization can make such a difference in such a short period of time, it stands to wonder what will happen in the future.

Ways to make it better...

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

I can't think of any internal changes. I would make sure everyone knew about Akilah, so others can have the chance to be as inspired as I am.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I visited the Akilah school in Rwanda this summer to give a volunteer lesson with my boyfriend and his friend on finance and starting a business. The school was amazing and the best part was the inspiring and bright-eyed young women all following and achieving their dreams thanks to Akilah!

The Great!

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

I visited the Akilah school in Rwanda this summer to give a volunteer lesson with my boyfriend and his friend on finance and starting a business. The school was amazing and the best part was the inspiring and bright-eyed young women all following and achieving their dreams thanks to Akilah!

Ways to make it better...

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

It's great!

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

This organization provides so much joy and allows these students to laugh and learn together in a community where they can share and challenge themselves. Meeting Gisele and Anita in Tampa was a testament to the strength of Akilah. Their smiles and stories tell of how dramatically different their lives have been since attending the Akilah Institute and their interpersonal skills are equally impressive. Akilah has perfected the non-profit formula; everything this organization does contributes to the success of it’s students. They are mindful of long-term goals and work towards sustaining their organization so that they may continue to change the lives of young women in Rwanda. Supporting Akilah is not a charitable donation, it is an investment in the future.

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

The first time I personally felt Akilah’s impact was when I was asked to order posters of inspirational women to be hung in the classroom. The students had chosen Janette Kagame, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, and the posters were sent to Rwanda. A few weeks later, I was sent a few pictures of the students posing alongside the Oprah poster with smiles so big I could almost hear their laughter. In realizing how much joy was created from a poster, I understood the significance of Akilah.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to focus on the development side, have more fundraising events while maintaining an impressively personal relationship with supporters. The work Akilah does is too important to be underfunded.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I recently helped coordinate a fundraiser for Akilah in New York City. What I like most is that it's an organization built by young passionate people. Every staff member I worked with was energetic, sincere and so obviously in love with what they do. It's small but mighty and I see so much potential. There is so much love behind Akilah.

The Great!

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

At the event, I had the opportunity to speak with some of the women who recently graduated for the program. They were confident and articulate. They were having fun and so excited about working and as one put it, "ruling her world." I loved being around that energy. It motivated me to realize my own potential.

Ways to make it better...

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

add more fundraising events

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

The Akilah Institute is transforming the lives of young women in Rwanda, giving them tangible skills relevant to the Rwandan economy. Thanks to Akilah, these women have the chance to lift themselves out of poverty and find meaningful employment in the hospitality industry, Rwanda's fastest growing industry. It has been a blessing and pleasure to volunteer for this organization.

The Great!

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

Kigali, Rwanda where I am volunteering

Ways to make it better...

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

help them grow so they can teach more young women in Rwanda.

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