In 2007, Komera founder, former primary school teacher and former professional runner, Margaret Butler spent a year living in a remote village in Rwanda.
She explored the countryside during her daily runs, and she often found herself surrounded by groups of boys but rarely girls. At the same time, she was learning about the local education system and how more often than not, girls were being left behind in secondary school education.
These few brave girls who started running with Margaret inspired her to host a girls-only “fun run” to promote the rights and education of Rwandan girls. As the intrepid girls took off, shouts of “Komera!”, which means “be strong and courageous” in the local language, could be heard from the crowd. In partnership with the local government and schools, 10 girls were selected to be the first set of Komera scholars to attend secondary school.
Komera is now run by an incredible team of Rwandan staff in Rwinkwavu Rwanda. They have taken the vision to provide adolescent girls with education and built it into a holistic leadership incubator for the most vulnerable young women in Kayonza District.