A group of 20 students from the University of Wisconsin Hillel is participating in a service-learning trip to Rwanda where they are volunteering at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV), a residential community for youth orphaned during and after the genocide in 1994. The UW students will learn about the recent history of the country, visit memorials, take part in learning sessions, and help build needed infrastructure in the Village and school. Highlights rip include spending time with Village youth, participating in after-school activities, tutoring English, and meeting U.S. Ambassador to Stuart Symington.
This group, comprising students of different religions and nationalities, is intended to build cultural partnerships among peers on the UW campus. Ilana Goren, program director at the UW Hillel, is leading the trip. The ASB Rwanda group raised over $12,000 to donate to ASYV. Each participant brought a large duffle bag full of athletic shoes, school supplies, bedding and volleyballs donated by the UW Volleyball Team to donate to the Village. The group will be keeping a daily blog of their experience on www.uwhillelrwanda.wordpress.com