International Women’s Day

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This past Friday, March 8th was International Women’s Day—a day to celebrate all of the efforts taking place across the globe to improve the lives of women and girls, and also a day to take note of the work that still needs to be accomplished. Akilah celebrated International Women’s Day with festivities in both the U.S. and Rwanda.

Akilah students led a walk through Kigali on International Women's Day.

Akilah students led a walk through Kigali on International Women’s Day.

In accordance with this year’s International Women’s Day theme, “Uburinganire n’ Ubwuzuzanye bihesha Agaciro Umuryango” (gender equality that promotes family dignity), Akilah students led a walk around Kigali in an effort to promote education and raise awareness about the importance of girls self-esteem through role models at school and community levels. Akilah students aim to set a positive example for fellow Rwandans, especially young girls, inspiring others to drawn attention to the importance of education.

Guest of Honor, Senate Vice-President Gakuba Jeanne d'Arc presents everyday household items to a mother at Kibagabaga Hospital.

Guest of Honor, Senate Vice-President Gakuba Jeanne d’Arc, gives household items to a mother at Kibagabaga Hospital.

The walk began at Engen Station in Kimironko and ended at the Kibagabaga Hospital, where Akilah students and staff paid tribute to the hospital and offered support to children and their mothers by donating items needed in everyday life. Akilah was honored to welcome Senate Vice-President Gakuba Jeanne d’Arc as the Guest of Honor.

Akilah supporters gather in Tampa, Florida for a breakfast event celebrating International Women's Day.

Akilah supporters gather in Tampa, Florida for a breakfast event celebrating International Women’s Day.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., more than 60 Akilah supporters gathered in Tampa, Florida at The Tampa Club for a breakfast event. The event was generously hosted by Dr. Mary Kay Vona and Enee Ableman, who both spoke about their personal experiences and involvement with Akilah. Kathryn Bradley, Akilah’s Development Associate, provided an update of the exciting plans and growth happening at Akilah this year. Ged Caddick, a long-time Akilah supporter and owner of Terra Incognita Ecotours, also offered remarks on the time he’s spent in Rwanda and at Akilah.

Guest enjoy food from some of Kigali's top restaurants as well as Rwandan dancing at the Akilah Food Festival.

Guest enjoy food from some of Kigali’s top restaurants as well as Rwandan dancing at the Akilah Food Festival.

On Sunday, March 10th, Akilah hosted a Food Festival in celebration of International Women’s Day on the Akilah campus in Kibagabaga. Guests enjoyed food from some of Kigali’s top restaurants, including Serena Hotel, Hotel des Milles Collines, Mr. Chips, Zen, Khana Khazana, and Republica. Rwandan superstar Miss Knowless provided entertainment, while the younger crowd enjoyed face painting, a water slide, and jumping castle.

From Kigali to Tampa, Akilah’s events for International Women’s Day were a great success and we thank all who joined us to support Akilah and women worldwide!

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