The path from Indiana University to Rwanda is clear and wide. And the land of a thousand hills could also be called the land of a thousand smiles. We saw it on the faces of Rwandan students as they performed plays, read books and played on their school's new playground. We saw it on the faces of community members who welcomed us with open arms, no matter where we went. We saw it on the faces of IU students, faculty and staff as they carved that path, ambassadors of IU’s goodwill and global engagement bringing their expertise and passion to forge a trail of partnership and support with the community in Rwanda.

For 10 years now, IU has created meaningful programs and connections throughout Rwanda. It is this unlikely partnership that paved the way for this trail. Beyond providing books, IU is committed to creating and expanding educational opportunities for children in both Rwanda and the United States. 

We are so proud of the work IU is doing in Rwanda and the commitment and enthusiasm our students, faculty and staff have for making a difference both at home and abroad.

We had the pleasure of seeing the impact first hand. We want you to see it as well, as we hope it will make you smile.

See the impact of IU in Rwanda:

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[Video: Indiana University's Jon Racek hugs a young Rwandan man after he received his prosthetic arm.]

 

[Video: Racek shows a group of Rwandan teachers and an Indiana University doctoral student how to use a 3D printer.]

 

[Video: Racek fits a prosthetic arm on to a Rwandan toddler who is sitting on his mother's lap. His mother is watching and learning how to fit the arm.]

 

[Video: Jon Racek, a senior lecturer at Indiana University's School of Art, Architecture + Design, appears on camera.]

 

Racek speaks:  I keep coming back because I enjoy the work. I have a lot of respect for Books and Beyond and what they've been able to accomplish. I travel a lot in Africa, but Rwanda is a pretty special place.

 

[Video: An Indiana University student teaches a class of Rwandan students. They are all standing and participating in a class activity with her.]

 

[Video: A classroom filled with Rwandan teachers, who are participating in a career advancement class.]

 

[Video: An Indiana University student, who is teaching a class in Rwanda, kneels down to help a student with a writing assignment. She stands and then goes to help another student.]

 

[Video: A classroom filled with Rwandan teachers who are participating in a career advancement class. All are standing at their desks.]

 

[Video: An Indiana University student is showing his two Rwandan students how to write a phrase on a chalkboard.]

 

[Video: An Indiana University student is leading his Rwandan class in an activity. He is standing in front of a chalkboard, holding a piece of paper.]

 

Marinova speaks: We started by only working with three teachers at Kabwende Primary. Slowly we expanded the program to include six, eight, and now all 30 teachers at the school participate in teacher pedagogical trainings, librarian trainings, English trainings. To see them take the initiative to create their own English club, that has been very impactful for me.

 

 

[Video: An Indiana University faculty member teaches a class of Rwandan teachers. They are in a classroom. The adult students are sitting at desks while she is standing in front of a chalkboard, leading the lecture.]

 

[Video: A Rwandan teacher, who is participating in a lecture, stands in front of her peers and reads aloud off a piece of paper.]

 

[Video: A group of Rwandan teachers are sitting in a classroom, particpating in a career advancement class.]

 

[Video: An Indiana University faculty member teaches a class of Rwandan teachers. She writes on the chalkboard and then points to what she has written.]

 

[Video: A Rwandan teacher stands in front of a class of other teachers, who are participating in a career advancement class and reads aloud from a piece of paper.]

 

[Video: Betty Dlamini, a senior lecturer at the School of Education, appears on camera.]

 

Dlamini speaks: This is a safe space for them to speak in English and make mistakes. Whether it's pronunciation or grammar, it is OK. And then, like on day three, amazingly, honestly, there were some whom I didn't understand whether they understood anything, now they started speaking.

 

[Video: A group of young Rwandan children wave and smile.]

 

[Video: An Indiana University student gives away books to young Rwandan children at the Books and Beyond book distribution.]

 

[Video: Young Rwandan children smile and wave after receiving their books.]

 

[Video: An Indiana University student gives away books to young Rwandan children at the Books and Beyond book distribution.]

 

[Video: Young Rwandan children smile and wave after receiving their books.]

 

[Video: Nancy Uslan, the Books and Beyond founder, appears on camera.]

 

Uslan speaks: The fact that this project is giving a book to every student, it's not just giving a book to a student. They bring it home. They share it with their siblings. They share it with their parents. They share with their community. So, one book is like throwing a pebble into a pond.

 

[Video: [A group of young Rwandan children play soccer outside.]

 

[Video: An Indiana University student paints a wall at a children's playground.]

 

[Video: Rwandan children and Indiana University students stand in a long line, holding hands, near a playground that was recently built at the children's school.]

 

[Video: An Indiana University student slides down a slide with a group of Rwandan children.]

 

[Video: An Indiana University faculty member performs an eye exam on a Rwandan boy.]

 

[Video: An Indiana University faculty member fits a young Rwandan man with a new prosthetic arm.

 

 [Video: An Indiana University student leads a dancing activity with his class of Rwandan students.]

 

 [Video: An Indiana University student leads an activity with his class of Rwandan students.]

 

[Video: Michael Courtney, an outreach and engagement library at Indiana University, appears on camera.]

 

Courtney speaks: We started to think about this project in ways that were beyond creating a book. Because it's extended beyond gathering narratives and actually creating this physical thing we're calling a book. How this project has expanded, and how it's really kind of taken advantage of a lot of the expertise, faculty members and students that are engaged in this, all those players bring a lot of different levels of expertise to this.

 

[Video: Indiana University's Don Lyon talks to a Rwandan girl after giving her an eye exam.]

 

[Video: Lyon puts a pair of new glasses on a Rwandan girl.]

 

[Video: Lyon performs an eye exam on a young Rwandan boy. The boy is wearing a pair of glasses.]

 

[Video: Lyon leads a group of Rwandan teachers and Indiana University students in discussion about how to perform eye exams on children.]

 

[Video: A group of Rwandan children smile for a picture. Some are wearing glasses.]

 

[Video: Lyon performs an eye exam on a Rwandan boy.]

 

[Video: Lyon performs an eye exam on a young Rwandan boy.]

 

[Video: Don Lyon, the director of residencies and a clinical professor at the School of Optometry, appears on camera.]

 

Lyon speaks: How is it going to translate in my professional career? It's going to make me appreciate what I do even more. It's going to make me appreciate educating my students in pediatric optometry. There's not a lot of optometrists that deal specifically with pediatrics. I want more people to be engaged in working with kids overall, and I want them to think outside our borders.

 

[Video: Simon Pierre Munyaneza, an Indiana University doctoral student, along with Jon Racek and Vera Marinova, lead the Books and Beyond celebration in Rwanda.]

 

[Video: A group of Rwandan girls dance and perform at the Books and Beyond celebration.]

 

[Video: Rwandan children stand in their classroom, participating in a group activity, where they are all reading out loud.]

 

[Video: Jon Racek and Simon Pierre Munyaneza fit a prosthetic arm on a young Rwandan man.]

 

[Video: The Books and Beyond volunteers pose for a group photo in Rwanda.]

 

[Video: Simon Pierre Munyaneza, an Indiana University doctoral student, appears on camera.]

 

[Video: A group of Rwandan children dance and perform at the Books and Beyond celebration.]

 

[Video: An Indiana University student gives away books to young Rwandan children at the Books and Beyond celebration.]

 

[Video: Indiana University students and a group of Rwandan children sit together on the grass. They have their arms wrapped around each other and are swaying back and forth.]

 

[Video: The Rwandan flag blows in the wind.]

 

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