Learn about the good we do with donations from kids like you.
Who we are:
Toonies4Change is a kids fundraising program for the B.C. charity Grace Rwanda. It’s a way for you, your friends, your family, school and community to get involved helping children in Africa. Grace Rwanda is a B.C. registered charity founded by two Rwandan women who came to Canada as refugees from Rwanda, co-founders Elizabeth Mujawamaliya Johnson and Marie Louise Kaligirwa. The charity works to raise money to promote literacy and education in Rwanda, mainly by donating school reading books and creating district youth centre libraries.
What we’ve done:
In 2009, we started by helping one school in Rwinkwavu in Rwanda’s Eastern Province. We refurbished the school, building eight new classrooms, 16 latrines, a new kitchen to feed 1,500 students and a livestock and food garden program. We also donated mini-libraries to their classrooms.
Then, we began donating mini-libraries to rural schools in six different areas. We provided them with classroom book boxes filled with textbooks, readers and dictionaries. We don’t give kids used books from Canada. We buy them new books in Rwanda to make sure they are schoolbooks the kids really need in three languages: English, French and Kinyarwandan.
Now, we have promised to give books to every classroom in one entire school district in Rwanda. Over the next few years we aim to donate books to 87,000 students in Mughanga District, to help kids in this rural community. We’ve already stocked two schools. It’s a big project, but with your help we can do it!
At the same time, we’ve promised the government we will build 21 community libraries in youth centres across Rwanda. They are stocked with over a thousand books plus dictionaries magazines, newspapers and e-readers and computers. We’ve already created two of these youth libraries. Get your school involved and we can do even more!