Help Us Keep White Dove Open!

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White Dove Girls School (WDGS) is an American-founded, fully accredited, private all-girls’ school, founded in 2013 and located in Kacyiru – Kigali City – Rwanda.

White Dove is already recognized as an exemplary school model in Rwanda. The hidden reality is that this school, which serves refugees, working-class families, families living in poverty and orphans, will not make it in 2018 without the partnership and support of individuals and charitable organizations like you. We need your help to get through this transitional period to reach full sustainability.

As of December 2017, White Dove Foundation is no longer able to fund the school’s operational expenses. We have now partnered with Emmanuel Tabernacle Church in Minneapolis, MN. All donations are tax deductible.

It takes $150,000 USD to operate White Dove Girls School for one full year. From some perspectives that is not a lot of money to operate a school, but it is a tremendous amount when you have a short amount of time to figure things out.

More than 60 girls are currently enrolled in the program. Imagine how their lives would be interrupted if the school closes.

WDGS is founded by Jake & Beth Chaya of Minnesota, USA and headed by American School Developer & Educator Patrice Dorrall. Ms. Dorrall has been a teacher, visionary and leader in school development and creation for the last 24 years. The founder of two schools in the United States, for the last 5 years she has resided in Rwanda, influencing the education sector and leaders on a national scale.

While WDGS welcomes all students and nationalities, we pride ourselves in educating native Rwandan, Burundian, Ugandan and Congolese students, many who are orphans, refugees or recruited directly from refugee camps and villages. We often seek the hidden academically capable gems throughout Rwanda who might not otherwise be offered an exemplary educational experience.

WDGS began the transition from a vocational program to a rigorous academically focused college preparatory program to better align the school for sustainable and probable success.

WDGS currently offers an E=STEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, arts & math) focused college preparatory program using the Rwanda National Curriculum.


White Dove Girls School is changing the lives of secondary school girls daily, and we need your help to continue doing that! White Dove has quickly risen to a notable college prep school for girls from or living in East Africa. We consider ourselves small but mighty in purpose. We are on the road to full sustainability but still need the help of our supporters and anyone who believes that education and girls have great value in our world.

We offer an advanced version of a STEM education with the addition of an intensive entrepreneurship & arts programming. We are not an international school but a local school with an international intention, serving working-class families, orphans, and refugees.  

We need to keep our doors open for a long time to come and, right now, we need help from our worldwide friends!


Our motto is TEACH. LEAD. DREAM. We teach and lead by example. This school is a dream come true for its founders, educators, and each scholar and her parents. Through hard work and support, White Dove Girls School has accomplished much in just a few years. Some of our achievements are:


Two  White Dove scholars were chosen for Yale African Global Scholars Program. Only 300 top students are chosen throughout the continent of Africa.

Five White Dove Scholars created the My Sister's Keeper Program which teaches primary level girls computer science, English Language and leadership skills. The program was endorsed by Starkey Hearing International and the scholars were given a $5,000 grant to purchase 15 new laptops. 

White Dove alumni scholars developed a software to be used by all NGO and INGOS in the country for reporting measures. The Mayor of Kigali City approved the software and the final stages of the software development in coordination with MTN are still in process.

1 White Dove Scholars was chosen to be a part of former President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI); spending 4 weeks in Kenya with other participants from over 50 countries in Africa. 


One White Dove Scholar was chosen for pre-university programs in both South Korea & Japan. 

White Dove Scholars were chosen in the top 100 students worldwide to attend the Google Wi - Sci Camp in Malawi. 

White Dove Scholars were chosen in the top 10 students in the country to participate in the US Embassy Education Program. Upon completion, the scholars will receive 4-year University scholarships in the USA. 

White Dove in collaboration with Paper Crown Institute hosted the Queen's Gambit Chess Project which was funded by Microsoft Co-Founder, Paul Allen. 

East African Spelling Bee - White Dove Scholar, Izere Aurore placed 3rd in all of East Africa winning her a trip to Dubai. Two otherRwandan teammates placed 4th and 8th respectively against teams from 5 other countries (Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi & Kenya). Team Rwanda witnessed the full eliminations of Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi and Kenyan and was the last team standing against Uganda. The team was trained by White Dove Head of School, Patrice Dorrall. 


White Dove Scholars have been chosen to attend the 2018 Pan African Conference in the USA.

White Dove's entrepreneurship teacher has been nominated to chaperone all of the students from Rwanda going to the Pan African Conference. 

One White Dove Scholar has been chosen to complete an intensive entrepreneurship incubator program at MIT in August 2018. 

Seven White Dove Scholars have been chosen to travel to Handong University in South Korea for a cultural/education exchange. 


As we are on the journey to full sustainability, we need the help of those who believe in education, Africa, and the education of the girl child.

GIVE:  Our urgent need right now is funding. Your gift will help White Dove to continue helping its scholars to reach their full potential. All donations will be accepted by Emmanuel Tabernacle Church - 501c3. 

Your gift of $5,000 USD will support the purchase of textbooks, furniture, other equipment and operational cost.

Your gift of $2,500 USD will support our nutrition program and operational cost.

Your gift of $1,000 USD will support operational cost

Your gift of $500 USD will  support education field trips 

Your gift of $100 USD will purchase the uniforms for students in need.

Your gift of $50 USD or less will assist a needy scholar with transport to school. 

Our Thanks to you will be one of the below actions of gratitude: 

A personal email message from a scholar 
A personal video message from a scholar
A White Dove TEACH.LEAD. DREAM  T - Shirt
Your name engraved on a plaque as a supporter to be placed on the outside of the building.

SHARE: Share the link to this page with your network of friends, family, and colleagues. We have a short window of time to meet this goal. Please be an extension of our boots on the ground.

GET INVOLVED: Become a teacher at White Dove, mentor or sponsor a scholar. Your generosity can buffer them as they continue to strive for academic success.

THANK YOU: Your generosity and interest in our work make you a part of the White Dove Village. We earnestly believe that it takes a village to raise a child and giving hand in the time of need can transform the lives of girl scholars and assist us in keeping our Doves open for a long time to come.
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We are celebrating this 11th grade Dove today! Shanice has just been chosen as 1 of 5 students nationwide to represent Rwanda in the U.S. Department of State's 2018 Pan African Leadership Conference in the United States of America! She will travel to the USA for three weeks in August. Congratulations Shanice! We love to see our Doves soar!
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At White Dove we are a team. We fully understand that the best teams are purposeful in having the same mind and the same purpose toward our expected end in the work that we do. This staff is 2nd to none. White Dove teachers speak from their personal experiences at the school and from the heart. #TEACH.LEAD.DREAM
White Dove Teachers Speak!
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We are still in need of your help. And a New Year miracle would be beautiful. Thank you for supporting our White Dove Girls School!
White Dove Head of School Speaks
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We still need a little help from our friends to continue the great work at White Dove Girls School. Our scholars have had tremendous opportunities in 2016 & 2017. Those opportunities include acceptance into the Yale African Scholars Program, training with Career Girls USA, acceptance in the Wi - Sci Camp Malawi (sponsored by Google & the US Department of State, Acceptance into two international pre-university programs in South Korea and Japan etc.

These are opportunities are not only life changing but dreams coming true for our scholars.

Please help us today in keeping hope alive and our doors open!
White Dove Scholar in South Korea.
WDGS Scholars learning to play chess.
WDGS with Career Girls USA
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