Made in Rwanda Online Ltd CEO and IRYD Co-Founder Speaks at 2017 Umushyikirano
Kigali, Rwanda | Last Updated: December 22, 2017 7:44 AM ET
Watch the International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) Co-President and Made in Rwanda Online Ltd. Co-Founder, Jaures Habineza, speak on a panel titled “Youth at the Centre of Transformation,” at this year’s National Umushyikirano Council held on December 18-19, 2017 at the Kigali Convention Centre:
IRYD, its Co-Founder and Made in Rwanda Online Nominated for 2017 Youth Connekt Champion Awards (YCC) & Young Rwandan Achievers Awards (CYRWA)
Kigali, Rwanda | Last updated: Thursday, December 7, 2017 11:29 PM GMT
The International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) is pleased to announce it has been nominated for three (3) awards at this year’s YouthConnekt Champions (YCC) and Celebrating Young Rwandan Achievers Awards (CYRWA). In addition for IRYD’s nomination as a youth organization connecting young Rwandans around business topics, its Co-Founder Moses Gashirabake received several nominations as a Young Rwandan Achiever for his leadership. Made in Rwanda Online Limited, a company started by Co-Founder Jaures Habineza to connect merchants selling Rwandan-made products to consumers globally using technology also received multiple nominations. The awards are co-sponsored by Imbuto Foundation and the Rwanda Ministry of Youth.
The award ceremony will take place on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Kigali Convention Centre. IYRD Co-President, Jaures Habineza and IRYD friend Stella Mucyo (on behalf of Co-President Moses Gashirabake), will attend the award Gala dinner in Kigali, Rwanda.
For the past 10 years, Imbuto Foundation, an organization founded by First Lady of Rwanda H.E. Mrs. Jeannette Kagame, has been awarding Rwandan youth with exceptional talents and accomplishments through its biennial Celebrating Young Rwandan Achiever Awards (CYRWA). This year, the Rwanda Ministry of Youth and Imbuto Foundation have partnered to celebrate the accomplishments of exceptionally-talented young Rwandans in the age category of 18 to 35. Also to be awarded are “enterprises and organizations that have intentionally steered their activities, focus, resources and determination towards uplifting youth from capacity, mindset change, poverty and unemployment,” according to Imbuto and the Rwandan Youth Ministry.
Reacting to this news, Co-President Jaures Habineza, also managing the nominated startup company of Made in Rwanda Online Limited, stated that “this is great news for IRYD and Made in Rwanda Online.” Mr. Habineza has been instrumental in setting-up IRYD’s social roots in Rwanda. He is currently in Kigali, Rwanda creating strong foundations for his passion business, Made in Rwanda Online Limited. “We are humbled that our efforts to connect young Rwandans over development and business-oriented conversations, are being recognized. It’s a call to do more,” said Co-President Moses Gashirabake from Canada.
Earlier today, the Head of the Rwanda High Commission to Canada, H.E. Mrs. Shakilla Umutoni met with Moses Gashirabake to inform him of his nomination. Out of over 2000 nominations, 10 Young Rwandan Achievers will be selected from 30 finalists. Mrs. Umutoni stated the Rwandan mission to Canada was elated to learn of nominations going to young Rwandans in Canada. Gashirabake and Umutoni also had a chance to further discus future collaborations and continued good relations to continue stimulating the success of Rwandans in Canada.
Since 2015, IRYD has collaborated with the Rwandan Government through its High Commission in Canada, the Rwandan Community Abroad (RCA) Canada, the Canadian Association of Rwandan Youth (CARY), key private sector players such as Equity Bank Rwanda and civil society to co-host the inaugural Rwanda Global Youth Convention in Montreal (2015), Rwanda Women Convention in Montreal (2016) and recently the Rwanda Youth Convention in Edmonton (2017). Over the past two years, inspiring young Rwandan entrepreneurs such as Louis Antoine Muhire of Mergims Limited, Moses Mutabaruka of TAP Magazine, Hubert Hategekimana of the International Third World Leaders Association (ITWLA), Sandrine Murengerantwali of Vivo Cuore Foundation and others have engaged with IRYD to inspire their peers to see themselves as job creating entrepreneurs rather than job seekers.
About Imbuto Foundation
Literally translated Imbuto [eem-bu-to] means ’seed’. “A seed well planted, watered, nurtured and given all the necessary support successfully grows into a healthy plant – one that reaches high and stands tall. Imbuto Foundation envisions this for all its current initiatives, and those in the future.” – First Lady and Chairperson of Imbuto Foundation, Mrs. Jeannette Kagame.
The International Rwanda Youth for Development – IRYD (‘I Ride’) is an independent youth forum on the development of Rwanda. Based in Montreal (QC), with a chapter in Edmonton (AB), Canada, and open to the world, IRYD provides an avenue for Rwandan youth, Rwandan and Canadian leaders, the Rwandan Community Abroad and friends of Rwanda across the globe to discuss issues, propose solutions and implement resolutions on the development of Rwanda. IRYD is formally registered as a non-profit organization in the province of Quebec, Canada.
Founded by Moses Gashirabake and Jaures Habineza in 2015, IRYD’s main mission is to continue to stimulate the involvement of fellow Rwandan youth and friends in the development of Rwanda and host countries. By engaging Rwandan youth and their leaders in development-oriented topics, IRYD aims to inspire over 10,000 young people to start businesses in Rwanda and host countries on the year’s heading to vision 2030 and contribute through other ways in social and economic development.
The founders became even more convinced following their December 2014 visit to Rwanda, where they met with and were directly inspired by H.E. President Paul Kagame’s focus on youth and the role they can play in economic development through entrepreneurship.
The IRYD team is currently composed as follows:
Moses Gashirabake – Co-President & Sponsorship Director
Jaures Habineza – Co-President & Marketing Director
Doriane Kundwa – Vice President & Director of Public Relations
REGIONAL DIRECTORS AND ADVISORS
Julienne Umuhoza – Director & Advisor, Calgary
John Kanimba – Director & Advisor, Edmonton
Justin Afadhali – Director & Advisor, Edmonton
Michelle Rugamba – Montreal
Fidela Ngabonziza – Kigali
About Made in Rwanda Online Limited
Made in Rwanda Online is an online marketplace that sell made in rwanda products online and ship them to your location via your choosen delivery services.
IRYD’s executive team, board members, and friends thank the Rwanda Ministry of Youth and Imbuto Foundation for the support.
Past YouthConnekt Champions (YCC) and Celebrating Young Rwandan Achievers Awards (CYRWA):
First Lady Mrs Kagame’s remarks at YouthConnekt Champions and CYRWA2015 Awards | Kigali, 11 Dec 2015
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 www.madeinrwanda.online 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.
”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 firstname.lastname@example.org and their dedicated team will respond to you.
We at IRYD congratulate our Co-President Jaures and wish him nothing but good fortune.
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.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Trudeau’s International Development Policy Advisor Meets with IRYD co-Presidents
Ottawa, Canada | Last Updated: May 24, 2017 11:34 AM EDT
On Tuesday 23 May 2017, co-presidents of the International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) Jaurès Habineza and Moses Gashirabake were received in a meeting at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office in the Langevin Block. Jaurès and Moses met with Julie Savard-Shaw who currently serves as policy advisor on international development to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Meeting discussions covered a future partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), topics on minority youth development, women youth empowerment and the upcoming G7 Summit which will be hosted by Canada.
On youth, a future collaboration partnership would involve the PMO in upcoming IRYD initiatives such as the Symposium on Business and Diversity and the Rwanda Global Youth Convention (RGYC). These initiatives were deemed to be in line with the PMO’s focus on engaging all Canadians, supporting young entrepreneurs and reducing youth unemployment. Furthermore, the collaboration would increase participation of Rwandan-Canadians and their friends in Rwanda’s and Canada’s socio-economic development.
On women youth empowerment, the PMO took the prerogative to state it would involve IRYD in reaching out to stakeholders. This will be in line with PM Trudeau’s announcement on International Women’s Day that the federal government plans to spend $650 million over three years for international sexual and reproductive health projects. Our next initiatives on youth women empowerment will involve close collaboration by the PMO and our IRYD Vice President and Director of Public Relations, Miss Doriane Kundwa.
As a youth organization focused on involving Canada in empowering youth from a developing nation, IRYD will be invited to participate in consultations for the upcoming G7 Summit which will be hosted by Canada in 2018. The May-June 2018 G7 Summit will see issues relating to youth civic participation and jobs growth discussed. IRYD will be presenting a white paper highlighting policy positions on issues affecting minority young Canadians to the PMO in the coming few months.
The meeting resolved IRYD will be liaised with Prime Minister’s Policy Advisor on Youth to begin the process of a formal partnership. Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements relating to this partnership and future collaborations.
IRYD’s co-President Moses Gashirabake wins REPAF’s 2017 award for exemplary civic engagement
Montreal, Canada | Last Updated: May 15, 2017 10:08 AM EDT
On Saturday 13 May 2017, Moses Gashirabake, co-President and co-Founder of the International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) was named recipient of the 2017 award for his exemplary civic engagement (Citoyen politiquement engagé) by the Réseau des entrepreneurs et professionels africains (REPAF) in Québec, Canada. The award recognized Moses’ successful involvement as a youth organizer for Team Trudeau in the 2015 Canadian federal elections, his past work as president of the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada (BLSAC) and for having represented Canada at the 2014 youth G20 Summit in Australia.
The award was presented by Madame Mary Deros, Deputy Mayor and Member of the Executive Council of Montreal in charge of economic development at REPAF’s annual excellence, vision and inspiration gala. Receiving the award, Moses thanked his family, his Rwandan and Canadian communities as well as his many mentors who continue to encourage him. At the colourful event, Moses was joined by his fellow IRYD executives Jaurès Habineza and Doriane Kundwa alongside members of the Rwandan Professionals Forum in Canada who came to support him. Also present at the gala were official representatives from Concordia University as well as the international business law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.
Speaking to the media after winning the award, Moses stressed that the award was a win for youth within the Rwandan community in Canada. He stressed that “civic engagement is about serving others and giving a voice to those who are disenfranchised.” He also stressed the importance of youth to be involved in shaping decisions that affect them here in Canada and abroad and that civic leadership is not restricted to presenting oneself for elective office. Civic engagement also involves organizing for those whose values reflect the change you wish to see in the world.
IRYD congratulates Moses for this achievement and encourages him to continue working for the betterment of community. We also thank REPAF for its hard work in organizing a very successful gala that brought in leaders from all levels of government and business in Canada.
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.