Rwandans are deeply saddened by the news of the death of Anne Heyman who is the Founder of Agahozo Shalom Youth village in Rwanda.
Inspired by Israeli youth villages that took in Holocaust orphans, Ms. Heyman and her husband Seth Merrin, founder of electronic stock-trading firm Liquidnet, set out in 2006 to build a place where Rwandan orphans could go to live, study and help rebuild their country.
Expressing his sadness, Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean P. Nsengimana tweeted that “your legacy will live on forever, our thoughts are with your family and hundreds of youth in Agahozo Shalom Youth Village who just lost a mother.”
In a statement released on its official website, Agahozo Shalom Village says “Death is nothing so long as one can survive through one’s children. - Rwandan Proverb
It is with deep and heartfelt sorrow that we share the sad news of the unexpected passing of Anne Heyman, founder of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Each of us grieves not only for the passing of a tremendous woman and a true visionary, but also for the loss suffered by her family.
Nine years ago, Anne had a vision to build a village to heal vulnerable orphans in Rwanda. Today her vision has been realized and countless lives have been transformed by her incredible generosity, spirit and determination. She has made a remarkable impact on this world and we will continue to work to uphold her legacy.
Agahozo Shalom will be providing details on the funeral arrangements in the coming days.
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