The embassy of Israel (based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and Israel’s agency for international development cooperation (MASHAV) have donated a greenhouse to the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwamagana.
ASYV was founded in 2008 by the late Jewish philanthropist Anne Heyman whom modeled the village after Yemin Orde, an Israeli youth village established in 1953 to care for orphans of the Holocaust. ASYV is a residential community spread over 144 acres and home to youth orphaned during and after the Genocide against the Tutsis.
The inauguration of the greenhouse was held during the celebration of Icyizere Grade graduation. At the event, Tal Ben-Ari Yaalon, the deputy head of mission of the Embassy of Israel to Rwanda, expressed how she personally relates to the village.
“I feel a special connection for the village; I think it is mostly because of my grandmother, a Holocaust survivor and an orphan herself, being a student in a youth village in Israel in the 1940’s. So for me being here is more than just representing my country,” she said.
Israel through MASHAV has been working in Rwanda mainly in the field of agriculture. MASHAV is sharing knowledge and expertise with Rwanda for quite a while now and the donation of the greenhouse is another extension of its engagement to the overall development of the country.