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Through this site, our mission is to garner support for the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV), an innovative community and school for orphans in Rwanda.

The Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) is a safe and structured residential community for orphaned children in Rwanda.

This innovative village is a place of hope, where traumatized youth can "dry their tears" (Agahozo) and "live in peace" (Shalom).

Within this caring environment, the rhythm of life is restored, so that youth who have been through great trauma will find a home and a community, as well as a place to learn and become future leaders for their country. The youth who come to live and learn in the ASYV will grow into healthy adults who are not only able to care for themselves and their families, but who are also committed to making their community, their country, and indeed the world a better place.

A unique and ambitious project, the ASYV will serve as a model for caring for the disrupted lives of youth across Rwanda, Africa, and beyond, to wherever there are traumatized youth who need a place to call home.

Race4Rwanda is a special initiative of the Global Social Engagement program at Liquidnet, the global institutional marketplace.

The ASYV is a special project of the non-sectarian International Development Program of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a US-based 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

1. The Rwanda Genocide represents the failure of the global community to act.

2. The ASYV represents the power of people from around the world coming together to support an innovative solution to a global challenge.

3. Together, we are offering hope to Rwanda's forgotten orphans.