The Republic of Rwanda is found in Africa’s Great Lakes Region and is one of the continent’s poorest countries. In 1994 the Rwandan Genocide claimed the lives of over 800,000 Rwandans. Since then, it has made a considerable effort in reconciliation and development and is considered an example for other African countries.
In 2010 seven Student Ambassadors of The Echo Foundation traveled to Rwanda for leadership development training and international service. They collaborated with Dr. Paul Farmer and Partners in Health to adopt the Nkondo #1 Primary School of the Rwikavu village. An Echo Representative raised over $30,000 while the Student Ambassadors raised nearly $10,000 for school supplies and structural improvements. The Student Ambassadors finished the Echo Children’s Library and delivered educational and cultural exchange programs to the 1,200 students enrolled in the school. Collectively, the Rwandan students and Student Ambassadors labeled and shelved the 1,500 books collected in North Carolina and then shipped to the library.