- Sending an e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sending a cheque to International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD)
- Clicking on the “DONATE” button (under construction and coming soon to our website)
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About the program
The International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) Canada COVID-19 LOCAL FOOD SUPPORT PROGRAM is a community complimentary support distributing free food baskets to asylum seekers, newcomers and vulnerable women, seniors and youth in Montreal and Gatineau during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What the program provides
Our project will hand out free food baskets of up to $350 per household depending on family size.
How to benefit from the program
Sign up below by entering all the information requested via the link below:
- IRYD Canada.
(This program is made possible through a partnership between IRYD Canada and the Chagnon Foundation).
~ IKINYARWANDA ~
Icyo uyu mushinga ugamije
IRYD Canada “COVID-19 LOCAL FOOD SUPPORT PROGRAM” ni umushinga w’ubufatanye utanga ibiseke by’ibiribwa ku buntu ku abasaba ubuhungiro cyangwa bashya muri Canada, abagore batishoboye, abasaza n’urubyiruko i Montreal na Gatineau mu gihe cyorezo cya COVID-19.
Umushinga wacu uzatanga ibitebo by’ibiribwa bigera ku $350 kuri buri rugo bitewe n’ubunini bw’umuryango cyangwa abo mubana.
Uburyo bwo kubona ubu bufasha
Iyandikishe hepfo wandike ibisabwa aha munsi:
- IRYD Canada.
(Uyu mushinga washobotse binyuze m’ubufatanye bwa IRYD Canada na Fondation Chagnon).
In 2021, IRYD initiated the 2022-2024 strategic planning process facilitated by Kaizen Consulting. The outcome of this process lays the strategic ground for diversifying our services, bolstering our financial sources and creating a stronger network for young Rwandan-Canadians and all youth of African-descent to gain access to valuable resources to succeed economically in Canada and across the globe.
We are thankful that Groupe 3737 and the Government of Canada have financed this strategic planning process through the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI). We believe that our work in the next three (3) years will inspire more youth and create a positive economic impact in Canada and globally.
Download to read our 2022-2024 strategic plan below:
An English version will follow
Pour diffusion immédiate
15 novembre 2021
L’IRYD reçoit un financement généreux pour mettre en place un programme de soutien alimentaire pour les familles et les jeunes vulnérables au Québec
Gatineau et Montréal, QC: La Jeunesse International Rwandais pour le Développement (ci-après « l’IRYD ») est heureuse d’annoncer un financement au montant de 138 978 $ de la Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon (ci-après « Fondation Chagnon »). Ce financement soutiendra le programme innovant de soutien alimentaire local de l’IRYD dans le contexte de la pandémie de COVID-19.
Au cours de cette quatrième vague et de cette reprise sans précédent de la pandémie mondiale de COVID-19, l’IRYD continuera de se connecter avec les familles, enfants à risque, les réfugiés de minorités visibles, les femmes, les familles, les jeunes et les personnes âgées du Québec pour s’assurer qu’ils ont suffisamment de nourriture et de produits de première nécessité pour se procurer à travers ce temps. Nous aiderons à fournir de la nourriture et des produits de première nécessité à nos membres les plus vulnérables, y compris les personnes âgées isolées, les nouveaux arrivants et les jeunes de nos communautés de Gatineau et de Montréal. « L’IRYD pense que son programme permettra aux familles de rester en sécurité, en bonne santé et bien nourries, et contribuera à la récupération du COVID-19 et à l’inclusion socio-économique », a déclaré Moses Gashirabake, cofondateur et coprésident de l’IRYD.
« Il nous a semblé primordial de participer au programme de soutien alimentaire mis sur pied par l’IRYD dans la région de Gatineau et celle de Montréal. Les populations en situation de vulnérabilité (jeunes, femmes, nouveaux arrivants…) sont, encore maintenant, les plus durement touchées par la COVID-19. Le fonds d’urgence que nous avons créé nous permet de réagir rapidement, de rester présents et de répondre à ces besoins les plus élémentaires », a déclaré Patricia Rossi, vice-présidente, Partenariats de la Fondation Chagnon.
L’IRYD remercie la Fondation Chagnon pour son soutien à notre programme et se réjouit de la poursuite de sa collaboration.
Pour toute demande, contactez:
À propos de la Fondation Chagnon
La Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon a pour mission de prévenir la pauvreté en contribuant à la mise en place de conditions favorables au développement du plein potentiel de tous les jeunes vivant au Québec. Pour y parvenir, elle apporte un soutien à long terme à des organismes et des regroupements qui travaillent ensemble au développement de leur capacité à agir de façon durable sur ces conditions.
À propos de l’IRYD
La Jeunesse International Rwandais pour le Développement est une plate-forme indépendante à but non lucratif engageant de jeunes Canadiens rwandais et leurs amis d’autres communautés sur les enjueux socio-économiques qui les affectent au Canada et à l’étranger
For immediate release
November 15, 2021
IRYD receives generous funding to set up a food support program for vulnerable families and youth in Quebec
Gatineau and Montreal, QC: The International Rwanda Youth for Development (hereafter “IRYD”) is pleased to announce funding in the amount of $138 978 from the Lucie and Andre Chagnon Foundation (hereafter “Chagnon Foundation”). This funding will support IRYD’s innovative local food support program in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this unprecedented COVID-19 global pandemic fourth wave and recovery, IRYD will continue to connect with at-risk families, children, visible minorities refugees, women, families, youth, and seniors in Quebec to ensure they have adequate food and necessities to get through this time. We will be helping to provide food and necessities to our most vulnerable members, including isolated seniors, newcomers, and youth in our communities in Gatineau and Montreal. “IRYD believes its program will enable families to stay safe, healthy, and well-fed as well as contribute to COVID-19 recovery and socio-economic inclusion,” said Moses Gashirabake, IRYD Co-Founder and Co-President.
“It seemed essential to us to participate in the food support program set up by IRYD in the Gatineau and Montreal regions. Populations in vulnerable situations (young people, women, new arrivals, etc.) are, even now, the hardest hit by COVID-19. The emergency fund that we have created allows us to react quickly, to remain present and to meet these most basic needs,” said Patricia Rossi, Vice-President, Partnerships of the Chagnon Foundation.
IRYD thanks the Chagnon Foundation for supporting our program and looks forward to continued collaboration.
For inquiries, contact:
About the Fondation Lucie and André Chagnon
The mission of the Fondation Lucie and André Chagnon is to prevent poverty by contributing to the establishment of conditions favourable to the development of the full potential of all young people living in Quebec. To fulfill its mission, it provides long-term support for organizations and networks that are working together to improve their capacity to develop sustainable initiatives aimed at advancing those conditions.
The International Rwanda Youth for Development is an independent, non-profit platform engaging young Rwandan Canadians and their friends from other communities on socio-economic issues that affect them in Canada and abroad.
Israel-Rwanda School Biodiversity Pilot Program Official Launch Report
May 26, 2021 | Last updated June 7, 2021, 3:16 PM ET
On May 25th 2021, The International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) in collaboration with This Is My Earth (TiME) with the support of Harmony Foundation of Canada (Harmony) officially launched the Israel-Rwanda School Biodiversity Pilot Program in a virtual ceremony. The goal of this program is to create cooperative student learning and action between junior-high school students in Rwanda and Israel for conservation of biodiversity. The event was open to the public, the attendees were able to share their opinions, suggestions and ask questions.
One of the special speakers was the Ambassador of Israel to Rwanda H.E. Dr. Ron Adam who offered his support to the initiative and emphasized on few points some including the importance of protecting biodiversity and nature, Ambassador Adam shared with us some of the initiatives he has been a part of in raising awareness of Earth Day and to biodiversity conservation, Ambassador Adam said, “Biodiversity is essence for the future of the earth, for the future of plants and especially under the backdrop of the heat of the climate change less and less species are surviving. I am happy for this specific project that connects students from both countries. It holds many components which are very good for the children’s education.”
The other special speaker was the High commissioner of Rwanda to Canada H.E. Prosper Higiro. He started by thanking all the participants and collaborators. H.E. Higiro said, “this initiative is a clear demonstration of how a committed youth can contribute greatly to the world’s sustainable development. Biodiversity is very important in human management as well as natural ecosystems, biodiversity is the foundation of ecosystem services to which human beings are very well linked. That is why we are all grateful for this collaboration which led to the launch of this pilot biodiversity program.”
The other key speaker was Mr. Michael Bloomfield who is the Founder and Executive Director of Harmony Foundation of Canada. Mr. Bloomfield expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm of being part of such a great and important cause. He underlined the importance of working together to maintain biodiversity conservation.“People to people cooperation is the best way to achieve a peaceful, just and healthy world. Biodiversity is a very important part of that puzzle,” he said.
Prof. Uri Shanas who is the CEO and Founder of This is My Earth (TiME) highlighted different challenges affecting biodiversity and also provided ways to work towards sustainable solutions for biodiversity conservation through TiME. The organization’s programs give the opportunity to each and everyone to contribute to this great cause starting from children in pre-school to university students.
IRYD, TiME and Harmony have selected Rogozin school in Kiryat Ata Israel and Shelter Them – Batarure (Shelter Them) and Groupe Scolaire Rugando (GS Rugando) in Rwanda to participate in this implementation phase. The three collaborators are pleased to work together on this great initiative which will positively impact the communities in both countries and contribute to an ecologically responsible and sustainable development.
Report by Doriane Kundwa, Vice-President, IRYD Canada and Miss Rwanda 2015.
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.
For enquiries, please email:
ROGOZIN HIGH SCHOOL – ISRAEL
GS RUGANDO – RWANDA
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
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.
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 Attends the 11th Shelter Them Charity Gala in Toronto
Toronto, Canada | Last Updated: May 8, 2017 11:28 AM EDT
On Saturday 6 May 2017, the International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) attended the 11th Shelter Them Gala in Toronto, Canada. The Gala is an annual fundraiser event hosted by Shelter Them – Batarure, a Christian charitable national NGO dedicated to helping orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda. Shelter Them assists by providing the basics of life such as nutritious food, shelter, education, healthcare and emotional support. This is all done to give tools that will enable children to play a part in Rwanda’s bright future.
The event was attended by over 300 people who came from Toronto, Hamilton, St. John’s, Québec City, Ottawa and other Canadian cities as well as from the United States of America. IRYD was represented by its Co-Presidents Jaurès Habineza and Moses Gashirabake as well as Doriane Kundwa, Vice President and Director of Public Relations. Tanya Michelle Contente, a friend of IRYD from the United Nations Association of Canada also joined the Gala from Montreal.
IRYD congratulates the Co-Founders of Shelter Them – Batarure, Josephine Murphy and Jocelyne Alexandre for their continued hard work in contributing to the development of Rwanda. Your work is a true inspiration to many young Rwandans who believe in making a difference for the future of Rwanda’s youth.