For the second year in a row, Komera has a team of runners participating in the TCS New York City Marathon on behalf of Komera! We are thrilled to further our mission to incorporate the principles of teamwork, self-discipline and unleashing inner strength through sport by partnering with the NYC Marathon! We are inspired by Team Komera’s dedication and commitment to our cause- here are some of our teammates’ incredible stories!
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." ~Helen Keller
From 1 business to over 50, the Parent Guardian Cooperative program has been a huge success over the past 4 years! Read on to learn more about the ins and outs of this program and the fearless leader behind it, Veneranda!
The Komera crew hosted another incredible week of Leadership Camp. Held three times per year, these week-long sessions make up the Leadership Summit Program at Komera and are always an inspiring week for our scholars! Here’s a bit more about the day-to-day of this fantastic week of learning and leadership!
Guest blogger Hilary Butler, Chair of the Board of Directors of Komera Canada, shares about her recent trip to Rwanda. Hilary and a few members of the Komera Canada crew visited Komera in Rwanda for 10 days this June, experiencing the rich and dynamic culture as well as seeing the impact of Komera Canada’s sponsorship on the ground!
Sponsorship is a key part of Komera’s history and current functioning. We wanted to take a moment to share about a core program that keeps Komera going and the incredible participants! We are so grateful to Laura, Tricia and Jennifer for sharing with us more about their experience!
Tailored for Education partnered with Komera to provide uniforms to 1,423 primary school students in the Kayonza district! Read more about their incredible impact here and learn more about why we couldn’t grow our impact without the support of such visionary partners!
Meet Meagan, our Development Fellow for 2018-2019. She comes to us with a background in social work and a passion for social justice. After completing a fellowship in Uganda, Meagan joined the Komera team to amplify the voices of young women in Rwanda. She looks forward to supporting the Komera team and meeting many of the wonderful Komera family members along the way!
With the April 2019 Leadership Camp coming up, we wanted to share more about just what goes on at Leadership Summit! Read more about some of the exciting programming our scholar took part in August 2018 and get ready to follow along with their fun April 15- 19!
FAWE Girls School Gahini, widely considered one of the best secondary schools in Rwanda and long time partner of Komera, is starting to build on a brand new science lab. FAWE is known for their focus on women in STEM, and thanks to the generosity of Project A.B.L.E and lots of community support, construction for a state of the art lab is starting this spring. Read more about the history of the partnership and plans here!
From widowed and scared to successful business woman and landlord, scholar Anisie’s mother, Immaculate, shows us what it means to harness your inner strength. With a joyful countenance, she has persevered in the face of hardship and grown into a powerful role model and leader. She and her children are living a very happy life and the community has seen the impact that Komera has had on this family!
When you invest in a young woman, what is your “return on investment”? At Komera, it’s the change that happens in a young woman, in a mother, in a family, and in a community. It’s the story of the transformation of a young woman named Livine, when Komera invested in her future. From secondary school through university, Livine has grown into a powerful force of good for her family and community thanks to Komera’s investment in her dreams!
Primitive, mother to Komera scholar Marta, spoke about being in the Nabaccu program, “I gained self-confidence, even though I never went to school. I don’t let this prevent me from participating in community meetings and speaking up to ask questions.”
Scholar Diane enjoyed the lessons on reproductive health during the Pathway to Power Program the most, especially learning about body parts, and using the power of her voice to say “no” to sex. She said “ I am now confident to say my body parts by their names. This helps me to accept who I am as a girl. No one can lie to me because I know my body and how it works.”
Eline declared that one day, “I will be a strong person in Rwanda” and did not give up on her dreams. And today she is, serving as a strong role- model and mentor for many women around her. But it wasn’t an easy road to get here. Eline is strong and determined- learn more about her amazing triumphs here!
When Diane’s father Benoit joined the Komera Guardian Cooperative, his life was changed. He was able to significantly contribute to the Cooperative Group and ultimately make BIG changes. Read more about how he built a new house for his family and can now afford to send both his sons AND his daughters to school!
Komera Scholars Olivia and Francoise decided take what they were learning to the next level and support other girls to develop self-confidence and leadership skills! They started a club in their village of Rwinkwavu called “Tuseme” which is translated to “lets talk.”