IRYD and RCHC Welcome Ms. Sheila Pelami as new Administrative Assistant under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program

IRYD and RCHC Welcome Ms. Sheila Pelami as new Administrative Assistant under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program

June 7, 2021 16:35 PM ET

Today, the International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) and the Rwandan Canadian Healing Centre (RCHC) are pleased to welcome Ms. Sheila Pelami as their new Administrative Assistant under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) programs.

Ms. Pelami is a Science student at Heritage College where she just completed her first year. Passionate about learning, she applied for the post of Administrative Assistant for the International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) and the Rwandan Canadian Healing Centre (RCHC) in goal to develop her skills and grow experience, all of that, surrounded by our team.

We are thrilled to welcome her as we saw in her a young talent full of passion and a great learning attitude. We hope to offer her that growth all summer long. We are also delighted to work in collaboration of the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) and encourage the promotion of students in a work environment.

Mr. Sheila Pelami, we wish you well on your journey with us.


IRYD (Canada) and TiME (Israel) with generous support from the Harmony Foundation of Canada announce biodiversity education collaboration

For immediate release

March 2, 2021

Ottawa-Gatineau, ON-QC/Victoria, BC: The International Rwanda Youth for Development (“IRYD”) Canada and This Is My Earth (hereafter, “TiME”) with generous support from the Harmony Foundation of Canada (hereafter, “Harmony”) are pleased to announce their inaugural collaboration for schools and communities a pilot named the Israel-Rwanda School Biodiversity Program. Our goal for the program is to create cooperative student learning and action between junior-high school students in Rwanda and Israel for conservation of biodiversity.

The three collaborators have selected Rogozin school in Kiryat Ata, Israel, and Shelter Them – Batarure (“Shelter Them”) and Groupe Scolaire Rugando (“GS Rugando”) in Rwanda as their pilot phase implementation partners, through an existing memorandum of understanding with Rwanda’s Ministry of Education. Key objectives of the project are aligned with the Government of Rwanda’s National Biodiversity and Action Plan 2016, which seeks to increase early awareness among young generations about biodiversity through school programs. This project will enable students in both countries to learn together about the vital importance of and practical actions for conserving biodiversity, experience group decision-making while identifying habitat for protection, enhance language and communication skills, learn new cultures and skills for cross-cultural cooperation, develop new skills in agriculture and other fields to protect biodiversity. 

This collaboration will yield positive results for communities through youth knowledgeable about and committed to environmentally responsible development. TiME, IRYD and Harmony are proud to be in association with organizations, schools and communities committed to positive change and action for our planet.

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About TiME

This is My Earth (TiME) is a non-profit, international environmental organization that offers every citizen of the world an opportunity to protect biodiversity. TiME suggests a very affordable membership ($1/year) that enables every member to vote democratically and equally for their favorite biodiversity hotspot. It is supported by an international scientific committee and board of directors and works with local communities to preserve biodiversity.

TiME provides a global, transparent, and democratic platform for anyone and everyone to help preserve biodiversity. TiME’s curriculum is at the centre of this initiative

About IRYD

The International Rwanda Youth for Development – IRYD (‘I Ride’) is not-for-profit independent platform engaging young Rwandan-Canadians and their friends from other communities on socio-economic issues affecting them in Canada and abroad.

In 2017, IRYD was awarded a YouthConnekt Champion Award by the First Lady of Rwanda, Imbuto Foundation and the Ministry of Youth.

About Harmony

Harmony Foundation of Canada is a registered charitable organization recognized internationally for its leadership in multi-sector cooperation and creating innovative training programs and educational materials for educators, youth, the workplace, local leaders, and communities.

Harmony was created in 1985 by Michael Bloomfield to provide the education and encourage the cooperation essential to development which is socially and environmentally sustainable. Harmony believes that sustainable societies depend on informed people working together for positive change, transforming harmful growth patterns into a positive movement toward long-term prosperity, social harmony, and ecological stability.

About Shelter Them

Shelter Them Batarure is a national non-governmental organization registered in Rwanda. Shelter Them-Rwanda’s Mission is to empower vulnerable and underprivileged children in Rwanda, by first ensuring they are integrated in an environment where their basic growth and development needs are met, and by then providing them and their families with the tools and resources they need for these children to have a bright, independent and sustainable future.

About GS Rugando

Rugando Group Scolaire is one of several Government sponsored rural community schools in Rwanda. This school is in the south-eastern part of Rwanda, in Eastern Province, Bugesera District, Nyarugenge Sector, and Rugando Cell. It’s a community school which is currently a lower high school that serves the Rugando community to have access to nine years of basic education for all children and providing them with quality education and skills necessary to achieve their full potential.

About Rogozin, Kiryat Ata

The Rogozin Educational Campus in Kiryat Ata is made up of two junior high schools, one senior high school and one college – at which students work towards a two-year practical engineering diploma in electronics or computer sciences before entering the army. The institution’s ethos is that it makes every effort to attract the brightest and most able students, but at the same time works hard to ensure the success of the academically weaker students.

IRYD Co-President Jaures Habineza Launches 100% Innovative Made in Rwanda Online e-Commerce Website

IRYD Co-President Jaures Habineza Launches 100% Innovative Made in Rwanda Online e-Commerce Website

Kigali, Rwanda and Montreal, Canada | Last Updated: June 13, 2017 11:44 AM EDT

Jaures Habineza, IRYD Co-President and CEO of Made in Rwanda Online announced the official launch of an international e-commerce platform to sell Rwandan-made products and services. The website found at is also 100% made in Rwanda by a dynamic group of young Rwandan programmers. The new website is expected ”to serve as an online Rwandan and international marketplace” that will connect sellers, manufactures and consumers in Rwanda and around the globe.

Mr. Jaures Habineza, IRYD Co-President and CEO of Made in Rwanda Online.

”Beyond promoting and selling made in Rwanda products, the web platform is a hub for innovation, creation and employment for Rwandan youth,” Moses Gashirabake, Co-President of IRYD said following the launch. ”We shall do everything to support Jaures’ initiatives as they are in line with the many reasons he and I co-founded IRYD; to stimulate the creation of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises among Rwandan youth at home and abroad,” Moses added.

Made in Rwanda Online is a fully interactive space and gives better access to many categories of products and promotions. Jaures stated that ”current and prospective clients will find useful information about Rwandan-made products and services and recent products on the homepage.” Among many features, ”the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter, and Google plus to foster improved communication with our clients” Jaures added. Made in Rwanda Online will constantly update content with more products helpful information, articles, blogs, newsletters, company announcements and client successes in the testimonials section and the Made in Rwanda Online Magazine.

For questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, you may reach out to Made in Rwanda Online via and their dedicated team will respond to you.

We at IRYD congratulate our Co-President Jaures and wish him nothing but good fortune.

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IRYD Represented at the 2017 Canada-Africa Chamber of Business Africa Day Networking Reception in Ottawa

IRYD Represented at the 2017 Canada-Africa Chamber of Business Africa Day Networking Reception in Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada | Last Updated: May 24, 2017 6:51 AM EDT

The International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) was represented at the 2017 Africa Day Netorking Reception in Ottawa on Tuesday 23 May 2017.  The reception was hosted by the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business in partnership with the international business law firm of Gowling WLG in Ottawa. Representing IRYD were co-presidents Moses Gashirabake and Jaures Habineza. The aim of the reception was to celebrate the Annual Africa Day as well as connect Canadian and African businesses in various sectors of the economy.

L-R: Andrew Kaikai, Attorney at Rideout & Maybee LLP, Jean-Marie Vianney  Faida, Rwandan Investor and IRYD co-Presidents Jaures Habineza and Moses Gashirabake.

The cocktail reception event was scheduled to start at 5:30 pm and end at 7:30 pm but participants stayed past 8pm. Speakers included representatives of the Canadian government and international business leaders.  Speakers who took the podium included Ambassadors of various African countries, Hon. Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament for Hull—Aylmer (Quebec) and Executive Director of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association. Bruce Shapiro, President of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business also welcomed new members of the Chamber and promised to continue working to bring innovative events to members and friends of the Chamber.

Other partners and sponsors of the event included Ethiopian Airlines, Ausenco, BmDodo Strategic Design, Cidel, DaMina Advisors, Export Development Canada, Goodman’s LLP, Gowling WLG, HATCH, Mine Africa, The Republic of Namibia, PDAC, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, South African Airways, SGS, Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture and many others. Business leaders and business lawyers from Canada and African countries such as Rwanda were also represented.

Jean-Marie Vianney, Rwandan Investor with Moses Gashirabake, co-President at IRYD.

About the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 

The Canada-Africa Chamber of business is is not-for-profit, apolitical organisation funded entirely by its membership and activities. Chamber members and guest speakers represent a who’s who of Canadian companies invested in, or doing business with Africa. The Chamber’s objectives aligns with those of  IRYD in that it exisits to accelerate trade, business and investment between Canada and Africa through “world-class networking and information sharing opportunities.” The chamber was founded in 1994 following South Africa’s first democratic elections.

The Chamber originally focussed on South Africa but has increased it’s activities to broader geographic interests of its members across the African continent. The Chamber has expanded its geographic focus in 2008 to Southern Africa, and now in 2016 to encompass the rest of Africa.

Participants at the Africa Day Networking Cocktail in Ottawa (ON), Canada.


Hon. Greg Fergus Liberal MP for Hull—Aylmer addressing participants.


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