Joining the Ranks of Ni Nyampinga & Inspiring Girls Everywhere

There are over a million girls in Rwanda and Girl Hub is creating incredible content to educate them through the Ni Nyampinga  magazine and weekly radio show. 90,000 magazines are distributed each quarter. It is the highest circulated magazine in the country and radio reaches every region in Rwanda. . Ni Nyampinga is made by Rwandan girl for Rwandan girls. It inspires girls to succeed and I got to be a part of it.

Photographers are rarely offered a job that encompasses exactly the kind of work they want to do. Working with Girl Hub combines my passion for photography, development, education, and empowering young women.  

I joined this spectacular team for Issue 10. This issue celebrates the role of women to reunite the country during the twenty years post genocide, showcases how women remain  pillars in their communities, and highlights the opportunity that is waiting for Rwandan girls.

©2014 Ni Nyaminga/Girl Hub. All Rights Reserved. The journalists of Ni Nyaminga greeting the world and inspiring the girls of Rwanda.

©2014 Ni Nyaminga/Girl Hub. All Rights Reserved. The journalists of Ni Nyaminga greeting the world and inspiring the girls of Rwanda.

I helped train young Rwandan reporters who have a passion for photography and storytelling. Together we traveled all over the country sharing the stories of women doing amazing things.  We met women feeding the sick in hospitals. Nurses, teachers, and politicians who were adolescents at the time of the genocide who went on do amazing work for their communities.  Mothers who came together to build a better school and brighter future for their children.  Girls who build homes for vulnerable people. 

©2014 Ni Nyaminga/Girl Hub. All Rights Reserved.  The sick and elderly in Rwandan hospitals are dependent on others to bring them food. This women's group cooks together each week and each member cares for one or two people.

©2014 Ni Nyaminga/Girl Hub. All Rights Reserved.  The sick and elderly in Rwandan hospitals are dependent on others to bring them food. This women's group cooks together each week and each member cares for one or two people.

©2014 Ni Nyaminga/Girl Hub. All Rights Reserved.  A politician, a nurse, and a school administrator share their stories of being adolescents during the genocide.

©2014 Ni Nyaminga/Girl Hub. All Rights Reserved.  A politician, a nurse, and a school administrator share their stories of being adolescents during the genocide.

©2014 Ni Nyaminga/Girl Hub. All Rights Reserved. Floride Basabose celebrates a correct answer with her students.  Her school was built by a group of mothers who were determined that the children get a better education.

©2014 Ni Nyaminga/Girl Hub. All Rights Reserved. Floride Basabose celebrates a correct answer with her students.  Her school was built by a group of mothers who were determined that the children get a better education.

©2014 Ni Nyaminga/Girl Hub. All Rights Reserved. Cecile Mukarugaza poses in front of the house that was built for her by an association of students who help vulnerable people.

©2014 Ni Nyaminga/Girl Hub. All Rights Reserved. Cecile Mukarugaza poses in front of the house that was built for her by an association of students who help vulnerable people.

A Nyampinga Girl is….

Unwali Uharanira Kujya Mbere.

A Girl Who Ascends Mountains.

The future of Rwanda is bright and Ni Nyampinga is a movement that is leaving change and prosperity in its wake.

Experience Rwanda with Nyamirambo Women’s Center

Tourism in Rwanda often centers on gorillas, volcanoes, and Nyungwe Forest. But I want to promote an amazing community-based tourism project that showcases urban life and promotes cultural understanding in Kigali. Are you planning a vacation to Rwanda? Add Nyamirambo Women’s Center to your itinerary!

What Can You Do There?

  • Take tours of the women's homes, local food, and daily urban life.
  •  Attend a traditional Rwandan basket weaving class. It’s harder then it looks!
  •  Buy beautiful African handicrafts from the Umutima sewing project.
  • Visit the Isomero Library, which provides computer, Kinyarwanda, and English classes for the Nyamirambo neighborhood.

©2014 Crystaline Randazzo Photography, LLC. All Rights Reserved

©2014 Crystaline Randazzo Photography, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

©2014 Crystaline Randazzo Photography, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

©2014 Crystaline Randazzo Photography, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

©2014 Crystaline Randazzo Photography, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

NWC is one of my pro bono photography projects for 2014. The organization meets all my rules for working for free. Their programs are changing the lives of over ninety five women in their community by providing them with skills and education. Evidence shows that when women are empowered, they actively improve not only their life but their communities’ prosperity. 

How are women changing the world in your community?