Maranyundo Girls School: Shining Bright Since 2008 



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A view from the Hosford Family

The Hosford Family: Melissa, Dave, Aliya,  Carina, and Brooke, have been visiting the school for the past few weeks. Here is a quick update on all they have been up to: We are all settling in at the Maranyundo school. We have all attended some classes and our daughters  are playing soccer everyday. We have been warmly welcomed and Maria has made many delicious meals - mostly soups, rice&beans & veggies (including kale, carrots, and green bananas grown right here at the school) for us. The construction of the new high school library & laboratory building is in full swing right outside my window.

Our Story: Seeing the Potential of Every Rwandan Girl

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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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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Upcoming Events

  • 14 Jun

    June Board Meeting

    Our next board meeting is Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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  • 25 Jul

    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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Shine, Maranyundo, Shine