Maranyundo Girls School: Shining Bright Since 2008 

 

 

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Mission Advanced: Simmons College Visits Maranyundo

Mission Advanced: Simmons College Visits Maranyundo

Nyamata — On a crisp but balmy morning members of the faculty and staff at Simmons College journeyed to the Maranyundo Girls School. Their objective: assist teaching and learning. They were successful. "We were extremely impressed with the students," said Lisa Hussey, Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. "They students are very eager to learn." Her colleague, Nanette Veilleux, professor of computer science and informatics, nodded in agreement. "They are very motivated." An Ongoing Partnership: A Series of Accomplishments The Maranyundo Girls School hosted a team from Simmons College to focus on organizing...
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Tufts Presidential Award Given for STEM MakerSpace

This spring, Tufts University President, Anthony Monaco, announced that Sara Willner-Gweric, who worked to create the MGS STEM MakerSpace, is a 2020 recipient of the Presidential Award for Civic Life. Each year this award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students from across Tufts University for outstanding achievement in community service and community leadership. Congratulations to Sara for this well-deserved recognition and thank you for your hard work and contributions!  Sara's leadership in establishing the MGS MakerSpace in March 2019, and working with MGS faculty and students has empowered the girls at MGS to deepen their knowledge of robotics, coding, and using 3D-Printers, robots, stop-motion cameras,...
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A Message of Hope and Solidarity

June 6, 2020 Dear Friends of Maranyundo, We want to thank you for the outpouring of support for those in the Maranyundo community experiencing hardship during the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite school closures across Rwanda, your ongoing support enables teachers to continue to be paid, provides devices and Internet access for MGS students to continue learning and connecting with teachers and friends, provides food and basic needs to families unable to work, and sends a message of solidarity and hope. We would also like to send an emphatic message of solidarity and hope to the thousands of protesters marching across the...
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Maranyundo School Gardens Contributing to Families & Neighbors

  We wanted to share an update on  what life is like at the Maranyundo Girls School.  This update came to us from Sister Ann Fox who had traveled to Rwanda in February, just prior to the Covid-19 lockdown, and until recently was at the school with Sister Laetitia.  The sisters continue at the school and are fortunate, thanks to the gardens and animals, to have food in abundance.  They have been distributing the food that is above their needs daily to vulnerable families with the help of local leaders and priests.   Now that the lockdown has been eased...
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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.

"Educating girls unlocks lifelong opportunities & breaks the cycle of poverty."- UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore

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