Khalid M. Mohamed

Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village is spectacular. The way the village runs in such a self-sufficient way by growing their own food and raising rabbits to sell is really something.

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Kristen Larson
Timesha Burton-Bacon

Today was the saddest day because it’s time to leave and I don’t want to go. It’s so beautiful here, and I am going to miss all the friends I’ve met. I’m going to miss all of you!

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Kristen Larson
Venus Pimentel

"As I leave Rwanda, I am truly happy that I had the opportunity to help others, and make new friends. It wasn’t always easy, but it was so rewarding."

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Kristen Larson
Evelise Moreno

"The women also make bracelets and baskets to sell at a gift store...one thing I learned was that they are very resourceful, using what’s around them to make beautiful objects."

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Kristen Larson
Dahiana Loaiza

"It is amazing how the students at ASYV are giving back to other communities and using the tools they have obtained to help better the lives of others."

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Kristen Larson
Geguel Landestoy

"I am so happy to be back in the Village, and re-live the happiness, joy and warmth this beautiful place has to offer...A lot has changed since then, but the unity, love and community feeling all remain the same."

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Kristen Larson
Tia Knowles

“Yesterday and today, we visited the genocide museum and then the memorials. I didn’t cry, but I wanted to, badly... Miss Sherman was crying. I wanted to hug her because I wanted the pain not to be there…"

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Kristen Larson
Jaysa Malone

Tonight is our last night in the village. My family and I stayed up late in the dining hall, laughing as we told funny riddles to each other.

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Kristen Larson