Meet Komera’s Spring Intern, Joanna!

Growing up in Rwanda, I was fortunate to be given different educational opportunities that are not always available to everyone especially not every girl.

My name is Joanna Karenzi; I am a senior at Northeastern University in Boston, MA majoring in International Affairs and Economics with minors in French and African Studies. I am passionate about the development of my […]

Meet Antoinette

Antoinette is a new Komera scholar selected in 2017. She lives with her Mother, two brothers and sister. They survive on the food that they are able to grow.

Her father recently passed away leaving behind a very high debt with the local bank. The bank has since claimed their family home leaving them with nothing and no ability to […]

Joining the Komera Family: Scholar Selection

January marks the start of a new year, and new beginnings. At Komera, January is when we welcome new members into our family by selecting a new class of Komera scholars!

In Rwanda, Upper Secondary School, Senior 4-6, is equivalent to high school grades 10-12. We focus on these 3 years of school because during this time young women are the most […]


The first time I met Aline, she flung her arms around me and wouldn’t let go.

It was overwhelming to feel someone’s desperation through a hug. She was desperate to share her entire life story with me and ultimately anyone who would listen. We cried and hugged and I left, because I could and she couldn’t.

For the next couple of […]