How did we find ourselves down a red dirt road, in a very rural village two hours from the nearest city, in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda?
Komera founder Margaret Butler was working and living in Rwanda in 2007 when she saw first-hand the need for education and leadership programs for young women. Not only were girls missing opportunities for education, but many vulnerable young women had no support system or hope for their future once school was over.
After enrolling the first ten girls in secondary school, we launched a network of holistic support programs that has evolved into what we now know as Komera. Programming for Komera took root in 2013 when we hired a dynamic Rwandan leader in Dativah Bideri Mukamusonera. With her vision and expertise, Komera began to blossom and develop.
Transformative tuition scholarships, school materials, sexual and reproductive health training, mentorship and leadership summits provided girls with everything they needed to have the best chance for a successful future. Shortly after followed the parent and guardian cooperatives, community support programs, post-graduate transition courses and university scholarships to see to fruition our goal of long-term support for the entire community.
Today, Dativah is joined by an incredible staff of Rwandan activists who are leading change in their community and developing the future female leaders of Rwanda.