Generation Rwanda: Two Stories

Beth Kanter

The site was established in 2004 on the 10th Anniversary of the genocide in partnership with the Rwanda Government, Kigali City Council, and Aegis Trust, a charity in the UK dedicated to the prediction, prevention, and ultimately elimination of genocide. The main exhibition tells the history of Rwanda leading up to the genocide, what happened, and the aftermath. You can find her story on the Generation Rwanda site). Favorite: On A Mission To Help Children in Rwanda.

Rwanda and Twitter

Beth Kanter

I’m headed to Rwanda to participate in a training for the ACE project, a network of African Women’s Leadership organizations in the Sub-Saharan region. Many government leaders in Rwanda have embraced Twitter, both in the “official’ capacity, tweeting from their Ministry’s profile for formal communication or often from a personally branded profile. There are many women in leadership government positions in Rwanda, and many are on Twitter.


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Preparations for Rwanda

I’m just about complete with my preparations for my trip to Rwanda. Everyone should read this book… As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda Larson takes a look at what it means to try to carry on after the genocide. President Kagame asked Farmer to Rwanda to help remake the country’s health care system. And David Brancaccio has an amazing segment on Farmer’s work in Rwanda.

I’m going to Rwanda

Today I got confirmation of some great news–in February I’ll be going to Rwanda for a week to help install an open source medical records system at a rural health clinic! Only just a week ago a friend pointed me to this piece by David Brancaccio on Partners In Health’s work in Rwanda. I’m incredibly excited by what’s already working in Rwanda, and am fired up to start thinking about how technology can help extend that impact.

Social Media, Networking, and African Women’s Leadership Training in Rwanda

Beth Kanter

For the past ten days, I’ve been in Rwanda, Africa. The project mobilizes leading women’s organizations and key stakeholders in four countries in Africa – Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda to develop and launch a Women’s Leadership program and network. The organizations have extensive experience delivering leadership programs, especially for young women and experience advocating for women’s issues, including reproductive health.

Back from Rwanda and Kenya

Ah, what an amazing experience! I plan to write up my thoughts after I have recovered from the 67 hours of travel to get home. In the meantime, feel free to browse my pictures.

UNIFEM, Women-Owned Businesses & Rwanda Knits

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Eight BPeace members traveled to Rwanda in May 2006 and used the Bpeace Rwanda blog to document their trip. One of the team's members, Cari Clement of the Fiber and Craft Entrepreneurial Development Center , also kept her own travel blog, Rwanda Knits, during the trip. The Fiber and Craft Entrepreneurial Development Center (FACED) provides knitting machines and training to women living in Rwanda.

Jen Lemen Raises Over $3,000 in 24 Hours for Rwanda Project

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

" So, when she emailed me about her plans to raise money to visit Rwanda for this project , I made a contribution and circulated her request. Jen Lemen will visit Grace (12) and Lillian (9), the daughters of Odette Umurerwa, a genocide survivor from Rwanda currently living in the United States. Jen Lemen is a writer, illustrator, blogger and immigrant advocate living in Silver Spring, Maryland. Jen???s

Weekly Update from PND


Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced that it is partnering with CARE to expand existing Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) for agricultural funds in Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bloomberg Philanthropies, CARE partner to help African women farmers.

nfp 2.0 » Camera Rwanda: Storytelling using Flickr

Rebooting Charity

whitewater widgets yak shack November 1st, 2006 Camera Rwanda: Storytelling using Flickr Kresta King Cutcher has been posting images to the Flickr photo-sharing community since September 2005. Was there anything in particular which drew you to Rwanda? After I finished reading Shake Hands With The Devil: Humanity’s Failure in Rwanda , I decided to visit Rwanda and teach photography to orphaned children.

6 Tips for Writing A Winning Crowdfunding Story

The Modern Nonprofit

Do you help feed thousands of people in Rwanda? Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes 6 Tips for Writing A Winning Crowdfunding Story. How you pitch your nonprofit to potential supporters through your crowdfunding page is very important.

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UpEnergy: cool for-profit social enterprise

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

They are already active in Africa and Latin America, in countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Liberia, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The rise of for-profit social enterprises has been quite exciting. Although I'm firmly on the nonprofit side with Benetech (because we focus on big issues where the market is failing), it's definitely easier to get funded sustainably if you have an exciting and invest-able business plan. Evan Haigler is a social entrepreneur I've known for years.

Forget That Amazon Package: This Funder Wants Drones to Deliver Humanitarian Aid  - Inside Philanthropy - Inside Philanthropy

AFP Blog

The foundation is supporting the initiative—which plans to launch its first drones in Rwanda later this year—with an $800,000 grant." 'via

Great reads from around the web on June 29th

Amy Sample Ward

That was the logic Lauren Bush Lauren articulated in a 2013 interview about FEED, a for-profit entity she founded that creates simple, eco-friendly tote bags whose price covers the cost of donating school meals to children in Rwanda via the UN World Food Program” What Solutions Are Hiding In Our PDFS? : I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of June 29th).

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Citizen Philanthropy: Delivering Impactful Pro Bono Support From Anywhere

Saleforce Nonprofit

An example of such an approach is the support of women’s economic empowerment in places like Uganda or Rwanda through leveraging technology for mobile-based training, business mentorship by local experts, and global skill-based volunteers.

Video Making for Nonprofits

The Modern Nonprofit

September Campaign 2012 Trailer: Rwanda from charity: water on Vimeo. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes Video Making for Nonprofits. Video is a powerful way to tell a story and meaningfully get a message across to supporters.

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Announcing… 31 New Favorite Nonprofits for 2013!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Gorilla Doctors provides life-saving medical care to mountain and Grauer’s gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each January Nonprofit Tech 2.0 selects 31 new “ Favorite Nonprofits ” to be featured in the Nonprofit Tech 2.0 banner. Nonprofits in previous years were chosen primarily because they excelled at social media. This year, however, the selection process was a bit more personal.

Photos for Social Change

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Beth Kanter posted an incredible photo today on blogher and netsquared (click on one of them to see it) taken from the camera_rwanda blog. Camera_Rwanda is using photography to raise awareness and money to send Rwandan orphans to college. Technorati tags: social change photography net2 nptech India Rwanda You must visit this blog and see the photos. The photo above is from another beautiful photo blog called, Lives in Focus.

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Medical Records for Gitwe

My trip to Rwanda was amazing. I’ll write more later about Rwanda and the people. It was really interesting going to Rwanda, such an amazingly different place from where I live, and then spending a lot of time working with technology. I highly recommend going to Rwanda and Kenya. When I go back to Rwanda, I will be going with some good work to do. And he has no plans to slow down–Gitwe will likely be the home of the second medical school in Rwanda.

Akilah Institute for Women: Social Media Workshop

Beth Kanter

I shared my story and my experience in doing some online blog mentoring project with young women in Nigeria through my colleague Ore Somolu. I focused on showing them Twitter because there were so many examples of women leaders here in Rwanda and other countries in Africa using it for networking and professional development. They were very excited to see the Minister of Health in Rwanda on Twitter. Akilah workshop. View more presentations from Beth Kanter.

Impact and Interoperability: How Technology Powers Collaboration

Saleforce Nonprofit

In November 2021, we joined with our ImpactCloud partners, AWS, nonprofits like NetHope and Mercy Corps , the Pacific Disaster Center , and the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) in a crisis response scenario to a simulated earthquake in Rwanda.

Women Who Tech Around the World

Beth Kanter

” Using a webinar and conference call platform, we were able to bring in participants from San Francisco, Rwanda, Kenya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt. Through my work with Packard Foundation and with IIE and the State Department, I have have the opportunity to work with NGOs from places like Pakistan, Rwanda, India, and the Middle East. Women Who Tech Around the World. View more presentations from Beth Kanter.


My brother-in-law Pete just stopped by with 3 soccer balls for me to take to Rwanda! I hope to run across a couple football games and if the kids don’t have a real ball I’ll pass these on to them. Pete couldn’t resist the replica balls from the first world cup in Africa! Nice touch that I’m sure the kids will notice. He also provided a pump with extra needles for each ball.

I Hope My Kids Organize Their Own Online Fundraiser When They Are Teenagers

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Spencer Brodsky is 17 and he is spending his time online to raise money to bring Green Stoves to Rwanda , something he's been doing for the past 2 years. . Spencer wants to help Stoves for Rwanda leverage matching money from an incentive program being offered by Global Giving called " Give More Get More. " If he can raise an additional $500 to bring his total to $2,500 by December 1st, he'll leverage a matching gift of 30% or little over $800 from Global Giving. Spencer Brodsky.

Paul Rusesabagina & Bloggers for Darfur

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Yesterday I went to see Paul Rusesabagina speak, the man who inspired the movie, Hotel Rwanda. The most touching part of the program was when some students from a local middle school came up and presented him with a check for $1,325 for the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation that they raised by selling sweatshirts with their school name on the front, Piedmont Middle School, and "Be an Upstander. darfur genocide rwanda bloggers

Win a Trip to Report for the NYT with Nicholas Kristof

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Past winners traveled to Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Rwanda, and Congo. In today's Sunday New York Times article , Win a Trip You Won't Forget , two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nicholas Kristof , writes, "[I]f you want to save the world, you first must understand it." It's this belief that prompted Kristof to create his Win-a-Trip contest for graduate and undergraduate students at American universities.

Attention Data Nerds: Nonprofits Miss Out on the Power of LinkedIn: Learn How to Tap It

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: By the time you are reading, I’ll probably have been on a jet plane for far longer than I want to be and maybe have landed in Rwanda. Once I recover from the journey, expect read reports about the Networked NGO in Rwanda and use of social media to support Women’s Rights organizations. If you’re motivated to go deeper on LinkedIn after reading this summary, you will want to check out my curated list of nonprofit and LinkedIn resources here.

Mother's Day Donation Ideas

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Your mom will receive a a handmade card made by a woman in their program in Rwanda. If your mom is the kind of person who prefers a donation to a physical gift, below are a few ideas. Please feel free to add more do-good Mother's Day gift ideas in the comments. Room to Read's Girls' Education program. During the month of May, all donations made to the Girls' Education program will be matched (up to $100,000) by an anonymous donor. World Food Programme to help a mother feed her child.

Are You Being Left Behind as Technology Ushers In a Whole New Approach to Philanthropy? #CoFLA

Beth Kanter

Note From Beth: Just before I left for Rwanda, I caught some interesting discussion threads about organizational adoption of networked ways of working on Twitter coming from the #COFLA hashtag as a result of the Council on Foundations gathering in Florida.

Improve Your Fundraising Approach and Skills at NetSquared Meetups

Tech Soup Blog

Left photo : Gregory Munyaneza / NetSquared Rwanda / CC BY. Fall has arrived, and with it comes fundraising season. More than one-third of charitable giving happens in the last three months of the year , and the emergence of Giving Tuesday (on November 28 this year) makes the year's end even more critical for charities. Feeling overwhelmed? Your local NetSquared group is here to help with free, in-person events being held across the U.S. and the globe.

Will Nonprofits Take SXSWi By Storm in 2015?


New Models in Higher Ed: From Texas to Rwanda. SXSWi is one of the biggest conferences for startups, technologists, and people who have innovative ideas that they think can change the world. But where do nonprofits and cause related startups fit into SXSWi? This year several nonprofits and leaders who are doing innovating work to create social change movements, submitted terrific panels in hopes of carving out a bigger track related to activism.

Thank You for the Best Birthday Ever!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I met Spencer Brodsky last December when he was doing a fundraiser campaign for his project in Rwanda. Today was the best birthday ever! My 53rd birthday wish was to raise money for the Sharing Foundation to send 53 Cambodian Youngsters to school by covering the cost of their uniforms ($10 per child). We crushed that goal and raised $4,540 because of your generosity in donating and calling attention to the birthday wish.

"Books of Conscience" to Read During Genocide Prevention Month

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According to the Genocide Prevention Month's site , the genocide in Bosnia began April 6, in Rwanda April 7, in Cambodia April 17, in Darfur April 19, in Armenia April 24, and the Holocast began April 21st. Did you know that six genocides began in the month of April?

Need Answers: LinkedIn Has Them

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: I’m just finishing up an intensive training here in Rwanda. Note from Beth: I’m just finishing up an intensive training here in Rwanda.

Visual Storytelling for Nonprofits


At SFAI, Christy wrote her MA Thesis on Alfredo Jaar's The Rwanda Project, looking specifically at the impact of photographic representations of Africa in the American media. By Christy Wiles, Marketing Manager, PhotoPhilanthropy. A single photograph has the power to shift public policy, alter the course of wars, and engage civil society.

[VIDEO] The Science of Philanthropic Psychology


It’s their 25 years after Rwanda genocide newsletter, where they tell the story of how one victim who lost her entire family cannot hold hands with the soldier who killed every single one of them and how they live in the same village.

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How Do World Leaders Use Twitter? New Findings from Annual Twiplomacy Study

Beth Kanter

The second most conversational leader is Rwanda’s President @PaulKagame who often gets into memorable Twitter exchanges with his critics. Twiplomacy aims to identify the extent to which world leaders use Twitter and how they connect on the social network. The research is conducted annually by Burson-Marsteller and I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of their study released today. They analyzed 645 government accounts in 161 countries.

Tips and Tools for Integrating Social Media Into Your Nonprofit Event Marketing Plan

Beth Kanter

Charity:Water used it for its Rwanda Campaign. Integrating social media into your nonprofit’s event can help you engage with your organization’s audiences AND help get better results. Whether your event is hybrid offline/online event or virtual, one way to think through a strategy for events is a simple: Before, During, and After. I queried nonprofit colleagues, asking for their best advice.

What is Your Favorite Social Action of 2008?

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Women for Women International supports women survivors of war in conflict and post-conflict areas (Afghanistan, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Sudan). The short, dark, last days of the year are a great time to reflect on your 2008 Activist Resolutions , and your favorite "social actions" of 2008. What did you do this year that you feel made a real impact?

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Three Reasons Kids Need Digital Literacy and Citizenship Education

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: By the time you read this post, I’ll be in the air enroute to Rwanda for a training project. Photo by WhiteAfrican. As a parent of wired kids, I think teaching digital literacy is very important for parents to do. Here’s some great advice from my colleagues at CommonSense Media. Three reasons kids need digital literacy and citizenship education — and three ways to provide it – Guest Post by Emily Esch.

Deadline Approaching for $10,000 Pizzigati Prize

Tech Soup Blog

The system is used by hospitals around the world to better diagnose patients, like a hospital in Rwanda that was able to identify HIV-positive children who had not been picked up by the pediatric program to get them on life-saving treatment. There's still time to submit your nomination before October 31, 2011 for this year's Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public interest.

Do What You Can: National Week of Action for Darfur April 6-13

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April 6 Host a fundraiser house party for your favorite human rights organization with a viewing of Hotel Rwanda in memory of the Rwandan genocide's anniversary. "[Y]ou don't necessarily have to solve a problem. You just have to take the steps that are available to you. I focus on the fact that I don't have to solve it. I just have to do what I can. " -- Jerry Fowler, Executive Director of the Save Darfur Coalition , during an interview on the Voices on Genocide Prevention Podcast.

Telling Your Story: NetSquared #Storymakers2017 Workshops for Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

Kigali, Rwanda: Storytelling Event. Here at TechSoup, we're big on stories. Effective storytelling means nonprofits can reach more people, touch more hearts, and create bigger impact. TechSoup's NetSquared meetups will bring local nonprofits free digital storytelling workshops in more than 40 cities between August and October.