The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) is a community for young people in rural Rwanda. Established in 2008, the 144-acre residence shelters children and teens orphaned during the genocidal mass slaughter in April 1994. We aim to nurture, protect, and care for them while providing a place of hope and peace. Derived from the Kinyarwanda (language in Rwanda) word ‘agahozo’ and the Hebrew word ‘shalom’, the Village’s name translates to ‘tears are dried’ and ‘peace’.
Our structured and supportive community strives to restore the rhythm of life. We also work towards the ultimate goal of providing these young people the opportunity to rise above the trauma and become self-sufficient individuals who will help rebuild the nation. With the help of partners, donors, and sponsors, we offer Formal Education, Informal Education, Health & Wellness, and Tikkun Olam programs. These help the youth in ASYV grow intellectually and emotionally.