Isaro Foundation is a non- profit organization born of an initiative to make Rwanda the most educated country in Africa. Jean Leon Iragena founded
Isaro Foundation on October 15th, 2011, while a sophomore at Millsaps College. The organization has since grown to encompass a number of projects made possible by members and volunteers. Members of Isaro Foundation are committed to use every opportunity at hand to stir the reading and writing culture in Rwanda’s young generation. The organization has had a remarkable impact in diverse groups both in Rwanda and in the USA. Isaro has been recognized through awards and growing partnerships for promoting the culture of reading and writing in Rwanda and seeking to improve education. Namely, it won the 2012 RINA Humanitarian Award and placed 5th among 20 most successful non-profits started by students in the USA by OnlineCollege
"For the last 2 years, more than 8,000 printed books, 10,000 electronic books on 30 Kindles — e-reading devices — have been donated to students and schools. 30 teachers from all districts in Rwanda have been trained on creative writing, and around 45 and writing clubs were created in schools" the New Times Rwanda
wrote on April 10th, 2013.Means & Sponsorship
Isaro Foundation’s activities and projects are mainly sponsored by the contributions of our members. Every member gives a yearly contribution which varies between $50 and $300. However, in the past, we have partnered with the Power of the Pen, the Rwandan Ministry of Education and the Embassy of the USA in Rwanda; they have provided us with support through grants and creating awareness. Isaro Foundation activities in the year 2012 costed $55,000 (Rwf 35 millions).
In the long term, Isaro Foundation’s activities will be mainly financed by the income from our Publishing House. The business plan for the Publishing House has been worked on by Millsaps Else School of Management and we are already in the stage of looking for sponsorship.What We Want you to Do to Help Us
Donate money during this fundraising so that we can ship more than 3,000 books that we collected this academic year at Millsaps College. The average amount to ship one book to Rwanda, based on past experience, is $2.5. Our goal is to raise $7,500 between now and May 15th. Donating to the Isaro Foundation is the direct process of in helping us help Rwandan students.
Visit us on www.isarofoundation.org Thank you for your giving heart!