Opened in 2008 by social entrepreneur Anne Heyman, the ASYV was built to provide Rwanda's most vulnerable youth with a place to heal and the tools to flourish so that they can invigorate their communities and launch Rwanda to a new level of social and economic success.
President Kagame noted that the ASYV "has restored hope to some of the most vulnerable children in our country.
The Liquidnet Family High School was named in honor of the volunteer network of Liquidnet employees and family members who donated their time and resources over the past five years to help turn the ASYV concept into a reality.
Race4Rwanda was inspired by Liquidnet employee Rowley Aird who since 2007 has ran a series of 250K ultra-marathons across the Gobi, Sahara and Namibia deserts to support the ASYV
To date, Aird's efforts have raised more than $120,000 for the ASYV.
Based on an Israeli model that initially served orphans from the Holocaust, the ASYV is believed to be the first project to bring the concept of a youth village to Africa.
The formal education at the ASYV
ensures access to a structured education program - and thus a future - for many who would not otherwise be able to receive it.
This group - called the Liquidnet Family - has led a strategic planning process for the village, designed and built the ASYV Web site (http://www.
One employee in particular, Rowley Aird, based in Liquidnet's Hong Kong office, raised money and awareness for the ASYV through his competition in the Gobi March, a seven-day, 250km, self-supported foot race across China's Gobi desert.
In addition to supporting the ASYV, Liquidnet's global social engagement efforts also include: