Aspire, Rwanda

Current Impact

The filters will provide clean drinking water for up to 2,400 People

About Aspire, Rwanda

Aspire offers vocational training, skills and education to vulnerable women living in poverty in Rwanda. Opened in 2009 by CEO and founder Peace Ruzage, Aspire chooses hard-working, resilient women to enroll in a 12-month training program at its urban or rural center. Each center provides complimentary childcare for preschool-aged children. For many Rwandan women who are attempting to raise children and earn money, they have few options for childcare other than leaving young children home alone or withdrawing an older sibling from school to care for them. The Aspire childcare center offers a safe and educational environment for the mothers to leave their children that allows them to concentrate on the program. Children are provided with two nutritional meals a day and follow a preschool curriculum. The women are able to learn uninterrupted in the Aspire program with their young ones taken care of. They develop literacy and numeracy skills, learn about health and nutrition, managing money and women’s rights. After graduation the women join a cooperative where they work and support themselves, contributing to a self-sustaining and peaceful community.

With support from the Clean Water Ambassadors Foundation, Aspire Rwanda has been able to distribute 24 water filters through their network of cooperatives. Among those impacted are: 100 women and their children at the Rutunga Women’s cooperative, 50 women and their children at the Gisozi Women’s cooperative, a deaf school currently enrolling over 100 students, and several primary schools with hundreds of children. These filters will significantly reduce the burden put on these women to collect and boil water daily. With this newfound time, the women may spend more of their valuable time on their children and livelihoods, creating a brighter future for Rwanda.

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