Maranyundo Girls School: Shining Bright Since 2008 



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BAA Visit Unity

The beauty of I and the power of We

            This is a guest blog post from Chris Flaherty, a teacher from Boston Arts Academy who is visiting Maranyundo Girls School along with teacher Dara Bayer, and two students, Kamiya Parkin and Ja’Hari Ortega. Check out their video!   “Psst…Chelsea.” The girl sitting next to me reflexively opens up the top of her desk and lifts out a well-worn book. She watches carefully until the teacher turns her back, and slides the book across the aisle. “Murakoze.” With a quick Rwandan thank you, the book recipient hides a sneaky smile and opens the book under the desk. A glimpse of the cover reveals that
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Shine, Maranyundo, Shine

Our Story: Seeing the Potential of Every Rwandan Girl

A Model of Philanthropic Partnership

A Model of Philanthropic Partnership

The Maranyundo Girls School, which opened in 2008, began with the unlikely collaboration of a South Boston nun, a beloved Rwandan leader, a group of visionary women from Boston and a Rwandan order of Roman Catholic nuns.

In 2010 the school was transferred to Rwandan leadership with continued financial and programmatic support from the Maranyundo Initiative. This unique philanthropic partnership is founded on respect and shared accountability, reflecting Rwanda’s spirit of reconciliation and rebuilding.

“We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering.”Bill Gates

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Educating Girls:         A Powerful Force for Change

Educating Girls: A Powerful Force for Change

Our mission is to offer economically vulnerable girls access to academic excellence. Our magic is a deeply held belief that every girl in this diverse community – regardless of family finances or background – can achieve great things.

The school’s performance tells the story:  Its first graduating class ranked #1 among all middle schools for girls in the country and every class since has met or exceeded this standard.  This is a remarkable achievement for a school where 50% of its students come from impoverished circumstances and under-performing schools.


"When you give someone a future, it is something that cannot perish." - Teacher Lydia, Maranyundo School

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Hope is a Rwandan Girl

Hope is a Rwandan Girl

Girls are agents of change. They play a crucial role in solving the most persistent development problems in the world today.
The Maranyundo girl's stories will touch you, teach you, inspire you.

A walk around the Maranyundo campus is inspiration:
It is girls laughing and helping each other in study hall.
It is a chorus of song and poetry created together. It is the quiet of an attentive classroom.

It is community. It is learning. It is the future of Rwanda.

"Education of children, especially girls, is the cornerstone to National Progress."- UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman

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Upcoming Events

  • 25 Sep

    Send your gently used books to Rwanda!

    Do you have great books taking up space in your home? The Maranyundo Initiative is collecting gently used books to fill the library shelves at

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  • 27 Sep

    September Board Meeting

    Our next board meeting is Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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  • 04 Nov

    Maranyundo Girls School Graduation Celebration!!

    Save the Date!

    November 4, 2017

    Come visit Rwanda and celebrate the first graduate of the Maranyundo High School

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