The motto of Komera (www.komera.org) is: "Self Confidence, One Girl at a Time”. Countless effective charities around the world have proven that creating opportunities for girls -- opportunities to be healthy and safe, to be educated, to gain confidence and, thereby as women, to be empowered to enter the workforce and to improve their societies — is a linch pin in ending cycles of poverty, oppression and societal failure. Komera does this in Rwanda by sponsoring girls and young women in Rwanda through scholarship, community and sport. Here is a link to a very thoughtful article about Komera’s work. https://www.forbes.com/sites/leiladebruyne/2016/09/22/making-an-impact-knowing-when-to-scale-and-when-to-focus/#a423b987a072 How Our Family is Involved: We first learned of Komera through one of Victoria's colleagues at Heidrick & Struggles and took Reese to a film about Rwanda in Komera's early years. Victoria and her colleagues at Heidrick through started mentoring Komera scholars in 2015. Through weekly Skype mentoring sessions with Komera scholar Anisie - the whole family got to know her. From early on, Anisie has asked “When can you come visit me and my schoolmates in Rwanda?" This summer, we are doing that! Furthermore Reese has gotten many of his friends from Packer Collegiate School involved. Indeed, one of his classmates who is a track athlete at Packer won the women’s division in last years Brooklyn run. Packer coordinated students could attend the documentary “Uncondemned”, film examines the first trial that prosecuted rape as a war crime and an act of genocide in Rwanda. Key Metrics: What seems a small donation in the context of a U.S. charity can make a big impact in the lives of these girls and young women. Komera is a very efficient organization. · It costs $750 to send a girl to boarding school for an entire year. That includes all of her materials, room and board, transports to and from school, clothing, bedding, hygiene items and healthcare. · This coming school year Komera will follow its high school graduates to help them go to University. It costs $1000 a year to send a girl to University (that includes all of her expenses). · It costs $100 for a girl to attend Komera sleep away camps during the year. Komera sponsors three of them during school holidays where girls learn about their bodies, their health, talk about studies and careers and have time to bond with their Komera sisters.