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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I have a personal connection to Rwanda and a fondness for this country that went through one of the most brutal events in the history of humankind, the 1994 genocide. I literally "stumbled" upon The Akilah project and was awed by its mission and authentic commitment to improving the lives of young women by investing in them instead of providing hands out or further 'victimizing' them. I admire the vision of the founders and the tenacity of Akilah Team to ensure young women in Rwanda are in a position to build a better future for themselves and for their country. Akilah should stay focused on this mission. Too many projects in emerging economies and less developed countries expand once they do well and take on too much. The learning environment created by Akilah in Rwanda not only imparts education but, most importantly, teaches young women to be proud of what they accomplish and who they are. This is about dignity and self esteem, attributes that go a long way in promoting the rights of women. Another important achievement of Akilah is its capacity to bridge cultural gaps and bring the people of the US closer to the reality of Rwanda. I helped out during their recent "Urban Safari" across the US to raise money for student scholarships and was moved by the impact this project is having on helping American re-frame the post genocide narrative of Rwanda. it is important to let people know what is good that is coming out of this country now and what the young generation is doing to move on. I commend Akilah for its vision, focus and commitment to the young women of Rwanda.

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I have seen what Akilah does and I know Rwanda well. I have worked in Rwanda and in international development for many years. This project is investing in the people through education that is relevant and of high standards.

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Keep on doing what you do. Stay focused and don't let inevitable challenges deter you!

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