Rwanda Women in Action (RWIA) is a non-profit organization assisting refugee women and their families from the countries of Rwanda, Burundi, and the Republic of Congo. We strive to establish sustainable programs to assist the growing refugee community within Central Ohio. RWIA looks to support, guide, and teach life skills to refugees as they work towards establishing social and economic independence in their new lives.
Working to achieve sustainable programs, RWIA has formed a governing board, secured 501(c)3 status and received grants from The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio (to create Refugee Women Transitional Support, a cooperative daycare within the refugee community that gives the women an opportunity to become economically self sufficient) and Schildhouse Founders Fund (to purchase cleaning supplies for the newly arrived refugee families). In addition, The Assistance League of Metro Columbus has generously partnered with RWIA in order to provide health and safety items to complete the cooperative requirements. As well they have provided household items, clothing, shoes, school supplies, and educational toys. RWIA is also grateful for the leadership and training it has received from The Children’s Hunger Alliance in helping to prepare the refugee women to become certified daycare providers.More information and opportunities to donate to RWIA can be found at the website for The Columbus Foundation, www.powerphilanthropy.org To Listen to Norah’s powerful personal story go towww.womensfundcentralohio.org and scroll down to “Watch Social Change Happen” and click on Rwanda Women In Action youtube video. RWIA is a 501C3 and seeks funding through grants and/or private donations to meet their goals.