Rwanda is the most densely populated

country in Africa. However, it is a completely landlocked, resource-poor country with 70% of the population working in subsistence farming.

73.2% Male & 68% Female

Literacy rate.  Total population: 71%


population below poverty line.
63% below the extreme poverty line (<$1.25/day)


primary school completion rate

Still rebuilding

from the horrific 1994 genocide, Rwanda’s government is relying on 30-40% of its budget to come from foreign aid.


National Data from National Institute of Statistics, Ministry of Education


Edify began operations in 2011.

We have impacted 153,570 students with a Christ-centered education.


School leaders trained: 1,756 |  Teachers trained: 1,844


223 loans disbursed to 114 schools  |  Total loan capital (USD): $3,830,653


Total Schools Impacted

*Cumulative impact as of March 31, 2020


Callist Kayigamba, Rwanda Country Director

Before joining Edify, Callist Kayigamba worked for World Vision Rwanda as an Education Technical Program Manager and served as the co-chair of Rwanda Education NGO Coordination Platform (RENCP). Previously, he served as a lecturer at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) and also held the roles of Department Secretary and Head of Department at different periods. Before joining NUR, Callist had again worked at World Vision, first as an Education Specialist for Child Headed Households, and later as an Area Development Program Coordinator

Callist was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) and currently serves as both the Vice Chairperson of the Board and the Chairperson of the Audit Committee. He is also Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Pentecostal Church of Rwanda (ADEPR).

Callist holds an MA in Population Studies from the University of Nairobi in Kenya; a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in India; and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the National University of Rwanda in Rwanda.

Broad AgabaMonitoring and Evaluation Officer

Broad Agaba joined Edify in 2014 part-time and full time in 2017. He is responsible for overall monitoring and evaluation of the Edify Rwanda programs.

Prior to joining Edify, Broad worked as  Head of Mentoring and Leadership Development at Sonrise Schools in Rwanda, as a Business Development Officer with Goodneighbor Consult, and an Exams Officer and Administrator of Academic Affairs at Jomo Kenyatta University Kigali Campus.

He holds a Bachelor degree in Law from Makerere University and is studying for his Master of Science degree in Monitoring and Evaluation at Jomo Kenyattta University. He serves as a Christian Leader in one of the local churches in Rwanda.

Innocent Karuranga, Education Technology Officer

Innocent joined Edify in February 2020. He works as the Education Technology Officer in Rwanda.

Prior to joining Edify, Innocent served as a Computer Teacher at Wellspring Academy for seven years. He has a Master of Science in Project Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya) and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Education and QTS (Secondary) from Kigali Institute of Education. 

He is passionate about developing an authentic generation and creating an environment of encouragement and fully exercise his/her potential.

Yvonne MazziFinancial Sustainability Officer

Yvonne Mazzi joined Edify in 2015 on a part time basis and full time in 2016. She implements the QuickBooks Accounting software in schools, ensuring that partner schools in Rwanda have healthy financial systems.

Prior to joining Edify, Yvonne worked as a certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor training and certifying accountants in QuickBooks as well as supporting companies using the software in Rwanda from 2013-2015.

She has a bachelors degree in International Relations and French and is a certified public accountant. She has been working in the financial sector since 2010.

Confidence Mukahigiro Kyatuheire, Administrative Book Keeper

Confidence joined Edify in February 2018 as the Administrative Book Keeper. Previously, she worked at New Life Christian Academy and High School in Kayonza where she served as an accountant for the two schools. She then worked for Africa New Life Ministries Head Quarters in Kigali where she served as an accountant until she joined Edify Rwanda.

She studied at Makerere University Business School in Uganda and is currently pursuing a degree in Accounting at Mount Kenya University Kigali.

Chris MulisaProgram and Transformation Associate

Chris Mulisa is an alumnus of the Cornerstone Leadership Academy – Rwanda. He served in Burundi for 5 years as a mentor where he lived at a mentoring house for youth helping them in their walk with the Lord and to develop their leadership abilities.

Chris also worked to nationally coordinate the activities of Africa Youth Leadership Forum Burundi chapter – a youth movement operating in East and Central Africa focusing on youth leadership development in Universities. He volunteered to serve on the organizing committee of the Burundi National Prayer Breakfast. Chris has served with Edify as a mentor before he took on this new role.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and can speak 7+ languages including French, English, Swahili, and other local languages.

Jackie Mutoni, Christian Transformation and Training Officer

Jackie joined Edify in 2016 as a mentor and began working full-time as a Christian Transformation and Training Officer in Rwanda in October 2020. Her role is to engage and serve schools in the implementation of Christ-centered initiatives.

Prior to joining Edify, Jackie worked as a translator on a research project about coffee farming and served as a facilitator at Inkomoko Business Development, focusing on women entrepreneurship and empowerment. She also serves as a class coordinator at her university.

Jackie holds a BA in Management with a concentration in Public Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and is pursuing an MBA in Project Management from the University of Kigali.

Jackie is passionate about transformational education and leadership focusing on youth development and is a worship leader at her church.

Joshua Muzinda, Christian Transformation and Training Officer

Joshua joined Edify Rwanda in February 2015 as a mentor before joining the team full-time as a Christian Transformation and Training Officer (CTTO) in October 2020. He specifically helps oversee and develop the Christian Transformation program in the Eastern province of Rwanda.

Prior to joining Edify, he was a spiritual coordinator (pastor) at the Cornerstone Leadership Academy, where he is also part of the Alumni Network of East Africa. Joshua is also a member of Youth Impact Mission and serves as the Youth Pastor for his church.

Joshua holds a BA in Public Administration and Local Governance (PALG) from University of Kigali (UoK).

Robert Sande, Education Specialist

Robert Sande has worked within the education sector in Rwanda for thirteen years under different capacities. Prior to joining Edify, he served as a Senior Education Specialist with Opportunity International on the EduQuality program in Rwanda, working closely with school leaders and teachers to ensure Joint Practice Development through collaboration in cluster meetings and workshops.

He also served as Director of Education for the Kigali Anglican Diocese, overseeing the management of 28 schools of the Anglican Church where he worked closely with school leaders to influence child-level improvements. Robert has extensive experience in mentor-driven training models, especially in the implementation of competence-based curriculum in Rwanda within the framework developed by Rwanda’s Ministry of Education.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a Diploma in Education Secondary, an Advanced Certificate in Education Leadership and a Certificate from Tufts University USA in Education Technology through Engineering and Robotics.

Joseph Ssekajja, Christian Transformation and Training Officer

Joseph joined Edify in March 2017 as a mentor with the Cornerstone Leadership Academy program before joining the team full-time as a Christian Transformation and Training Officer in October 2020.

Prior to joining Edify, Joseph taught English and Economics for three years at a local secondary school. He is part of the Ekitangaala Transformation High school (ETHS) Alumni Network, a sister school to Cornerstone Leadership Academy (CLA) in Uganda.

He has a BA in Education from Muteesa 1 Royal University with teaching subjects of Economics & History. Joseph also has his Master of Education Planning, Management & Administration from Mount Kenya University (MED). He is passionate about developing a new generation of leaders that will lead to holistic development.