US Friends of APIE

Friends of APIE Inc. is a registered 501(c)3, founded with the purpose of supporting APIE's mission: to facilitate the delivery of sustainable, locally-led programmes of teacher training, accelerating progress towards fully inclusive, quality education in Rwanda.

Much of what we have done so far could not have been achieved without the wonderful and generous support of our US friends and donors. We could not have come this far without you.

US Friends of APIE
Heather Randall


Heather began working with APIE in 2018 and has developed an in-school arts programme for Umubano Academy. Heather works in the theatre in New York City in various sectors including producing, philanthropy, fundraising and governance. She is a board member of New York Theatre Worksop, Theatre Communications Group and Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre. She is Chair of the Tony Randall Theatrical Fund which provides support for non-profit theatres and theatre-related organisations in the US and UK. She received a BFA in Drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. 

Cal Shook


Cal is a writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a sailboat captain, and for years she worked as a teacher, often abroad. Her background is in the performing arts, with a focus on theatre for social change. But her greatest joy is her two children, who are growing up much too fast. 

Maurie Harlan

Financial Advisor

Jaime Lockwood


Jaime has a decade of experience in youth development and fundraising work for US-based non-profit organisations. She taught high school history in a Quaker (Friends) school and worked on Capitol Hill for a US Senator for three years. Jaime began helping US Friends of APIE in 2016, and a visit to Umubano Primary School that year convinced her that supporting peace education and providing Rwandan children with a world-class education was a cause she wanted to fully support and lend her expertise to. Jaime assists the US Friends of AIE Board  with strategy and fundraising. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and 3-year old son. 


Long time supporter from the US, Dewey Shay, visits Umubano School with another supporter, Sarah Havens of the Lef Pillon Trust, to see the impact of their contributions. Pictured here (L-R), Dewey with Trustee and supporter Lucy Newmark; Head Teacher of Umubano School Jean de Dieu Dusingize; APIE founder and supporter Brooks Newmark; and Sarah Havens. Dewey and his wife Cal have supported APIE for three years, allowing the school and its programmes to develop consistently and sustainably.

Every relationship and every dollar is so valuable to us, helping to make our vision of quality education for every child in Rwanda a reality.

Please, join us in this journey and become a partner in education today. Donate online through Paypal or get in touch to find out how else you can support our work.


Alexander Star, introduced to APIE by US-based theatre director Heather Randall, rehearses his new song, 'Show Me the Way', with the students of Umubano School in preparation of their performance at the annual Ubumuntu Festival in Kigali. Working in partnership across continents allows for a rich and diverse life at the school whilst also facilitating amazing opportunities for development for both students and staff. Watch the video of the performance here, and see Alexander's music video, featuring Umubano School here. 

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