A Little Bit of Paradise

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Miriam Bader is the Director of Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. She recently joined JDC Entwine to learn how tikkun olam was transforming the lives of vulnerable teens in Rwanda at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. She used her Micro Grant to participate in JDC Entwine's trip to Rwanda in September: "As the Director of Education at the Lower East Tenement Museum, a National Historic Landmark located in New York City that engages visitors in the historic process through an exploration of immigration, past and present, the opportunity to work directly with refugees in Rwanda is extraordinary."

I am very appreciative of receiving an ROI Micro Grant. The support enabled me to join the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's Entwine program on a trip to Rwanda where I experienced the magic of the Agahazo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV). The village serves the most vulnerable teens in Rwanda by providing them with a protective home, family life, and education, as well as the tools they need to become confident citizens ready to improve the world.

Founded in 2008 by philanthropist Anne Heyman, ASYV is an inspiring example of how Jewish values and history can impact the world for the better. As the Village Director Jean-Claude Nkulikiyimfura reflected, the village is a little bit of paradise. The opportunity to experience ASYV and see the students' smiles and resilience firsthand renewed my own faith in Tikkun Olam. Sharing the experience with some of the smartest and most caring crew that the JDC brought together added to my own learning and has allowed to become part of a network that will work together to continue Anne's legacy.

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