“It was so amazing to see how all the students participated at the training. They shared so many ideas and asked such important questions. We could see that they are already leaders, already applying their leadership skills into their lives.” – Rwanda Program Director, Justin Bisengimana
On December 20th, 121 of our high school and college students attended our 3rd annual three-day Leadership Training in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city. They came to explore the opportunity they have, and the responsibility they bear, in leading their communities out of poverty. They came to develop the mindset and skills needed to make this happen: confidence, connections, competence, character, and commitment.
And they came to deepen the bond they share as part of the World Dance community. Connecting with students from all over Rwanda has meant so much in their lives. Orphans who had no family now one. Those who had no friends are developing lasting friendships.
We can see the impact of these trainings when we meet our students in Rwanda, when we watch the videos we receive during the year, and when we hear about the students starting their own small businesses. They now have hope for the future and the skills to change things for the better- all thanks to their WD4H Sponsors and the Leadership Training!
The person responsible for this is our inspired, dedicated, and highly skilled Rwanda Program Director, Justin Bisengimana. He has a theme for each year, so the students can build upon their knowledge and experiences:
- Behave as leaders at school and in their communities
- Show other students what it means to take on responsibility in their community
- Understand and commit to this work as the foundation of their future
- Develop confidence in creating productive enterprises within their cooperative
- Build on what their parents have started and lead from there