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US Friends of APIE

Friends of APIE Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 organisation, 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.

In October 2021, APIE launched the G.I.R.L Circle (Girls Inspired by Real Leaders) scholarship programme, funded and supported by The US Friends of APIE.

This programme provides financial support and mentorship to 5 girls with scholarships to Umubano Academy's secondary school. The school and The US Friends of APIE meet regularly with the students to discuss their progress, aspirations and to support them to tackle any challenges that they are facing. Thank you to The US Friends of APIE for joining and supporting these girls on this journey!

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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; previous 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.

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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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