Sawa Hero Seleman arrived in Vancouver - September 2009

Sawa Hero Seleman arrived in Vancouver - September 2009

Sawa Hero Seleman arrived in Vancouver on September 8th. He travelled 40 hours through 4 countries; and with no sleep from excitement! It was Seleman’s first time travelling outside of Africa. Seleman is one of the three Sawa Heroes that were sponsored by Sawa Global and the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education to attend the Connecting for Change Conference with the Dalai Lama and other world leaders. Seleman has a busy month in Canada , sharing his story of how he empowers former child soldiers in his community in Rwanda. In his first 6 days, he has made important new partnerships at the Hollyhock Social Venture Institute. He was able to network with 140 business and social change leaders, mainly from Canada, over a period of 5 days. Beth McTravish from Halfmoon Yoga Products, who also attended the workshop, started a fundraiser for Seleman to support the education of several orphaned children that Seleman works with. Others participants offered to donate 3 refurbished laptops and one attendee plans visit Seleman in Rwanda next month to learn more about his training school and programs to help vulnerable youth.

Next on the agenda was a visit to Sawa Wakili, Scott Rothermel. Scott is a School Liaison Officer for several school districts around Victoria , British Columbia. Several school groups and Scott connected via email with Seleman last year. Scott and his students are hosting Seleman for 4 days. After being welcomed with posters and Rwandan flags that the students made, Seleman gave six presentations on leadership to over 200 students, was interviewed by the local media and received a Certificate of Recognition from Superintendent, Jim Cambridge of School District #62, Sooke in British Columbia, Canada. Scott and the students also gave him a $900, a laptop, and other small gifts to support the Association for Youth Literacy and Trades Education (ASOLATE) in Rwanda.

Seleman states “ SAWA Global has truly given a voice to the voiceless by having me make new connections and partners in Canada. This will change our lives forever in Rwanda. I have no words to describe my thanks”.