‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go’
– Dr. SeussJoin the Team
We are a creative, young community passionate about the endless possibilities of reading, knowing and exploring.
We know that the power of the imagination can engage the mind, increase curiosity and change the world.
Imagine We Rwanda is an organization that was born in 2015 with the passion to change the reading culture among children and youth in Rwanda, and give a voice to young authors. We believe that all stories are beautiful and worth sharing with the world. So, why not start with our own communities.
We publish storybooks about Rwanda.
We donate books to schools in need of a beautiful library.
We train authors and language teachers.
We create platforms for self-expression and creative thinking.
Representation changes everything
When children see themselves in books, their creativity and curiosity is boosted, they learn faster and they are more prone to succeed in their classes.
Self-esteem, especially for girls
African children need to see themselves doing great things so that they can believe in their own endless potential and possibilities. The more books portray them as powerful and beautiful, the more they can achieve greater things
Through a growing passion of reading culturally relevant and positive stories, it is proven that children and young adults develop their vocabulary, eloquence and language skills.
Imagine We designs and curates platforms for authors, bloggers and budding writers to share ideas and grow their network. It is through such platforms that ideas grow and change communities positively.
Our Latest Release
Teatime For Toni
Tea Time for Toni is our second collaboration with Kelly Burke who also co-authored The ABC's of Rwanda. Teatime For Toni is the story of a young girl who embarks on an adventure and dreams of having Tea in different countries. Tea Time for Toni was inspired by Kelly's recent move to Georgia among the 49 countries she has traveled to and seeing people drink tea in various countries. She also wanted to use tea as a way to reinforce that we can share a common thing and bring people together. This book for ages 3 - 10
The Boy Who Cared
Co-authored by Stephen Harris & Dolph Banza
The Boy who Cared is the second book in the Rwanda Village Tales series. This second book is the story of recovery from challenging circumstances - and recounts the two decades of family restoration after being forced to flee their country. The story shows how a mother's caring for her family, taught her family to do the same for all people. It is a refugee story full of hope and love.
That child is Me
Claver Irakoze is far from being the first Rwandan genocide survivor to write his memoirs. He is, however, the first to write them as an illustrated book for children - perhaps because no-one else would previously have thought it possible to find a way of drawing humanity out of that horror in a way which could engage and educate young children instead of simply traumatising them. That Child is Me is based on the true story of what he lived in Kabgayi and his survival journey. He wrote this book for young children to help them learn about the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and engage their parents into discussions that would would help them learn more about their family stories of the past and their aspirations of the future.
The Long Journey
Lauren BRUCEThe Long Journey aims to encourage humanity and open dialogue about feelings in children of all ages. When war comes to Zak’s village, Zak is the main character he must begin a long journey to reach safety. As he travels through different landscapes, the book addresses Zak’s changing feelings and how he comes to terms with loss and a challenging situation. As he travels through different landscapes, the book addresses Zak’s changing feelings and how he comes to terms with loss and a challenging situation. This book is for the age groups 3-13 ages.
My Name is Life
Karen Bugingo is a normal teenager roaming the streets of Kigali. Bugingo means Life in Kinyarwanda. Her story seems quite usual, almost boring, until a series heartwrenching events tear her from her friends, her school and life as she knew it. This is the journey of her courage to fight back and the strength to look death in the face and say "My name is Life."
Ysolde and Her Magical Shoes
Dominique Uwase Alonga
Ysolde and Her Magical Shoes is a Rwandan fairy tale written by Dominique Uwase Alonga. It tells the story of young Ysolde and her journey towards courage and compassion. When a villainous character is kicked out of Ysolde’s vilage, she leaves a curse on one of the paths in the village. Ysolde must find the strength to use her magical shoes and break this curse to save her village.
Oh Rwandan Child
Kelly & Dominique
Mahoro is a little girl growing in Rwanda. in 1994, at just nine years old, she tries to make sense of the world around her and her family as it turns into endless chaos.
Mahoro is a heartfelt, poignant, unconventional story about a girl coming of age and realizing herself to be a mix of two struggles. Being neighter one nor the other; stuck in between without a choice. Is she the victim or the culprit? We watch her as she sorts her way to understand her family's history and decides to what extent she will allow her past to shape her destiny.
Paul Book: Escape to a Strange Place
Escape to a Strange Place follows the story of a curious little boy in a world of books, adventure and learning from a giant. Paul Book: Escape to a strange place is the first of series of books with each book taking you on an adventure of it's own. Suitable for all curious children between ages 6 - 13.
Dance at Akagera
Rwanda's first personalized book for Children between ages 0-6. The book follows them in Akagera surrounded by wild and funny animals. Dance at Akagera is a print on demand book that features the name of your child through out the story letting the child to be part of the whole adventure. It comes in either one of these three languages; French, English or Kinyarwanda.
Voo-Gah Language Card
"Voo-gah Language Card is a tool for non-Kinyarwanda speaking people in the country, most especially tourists who are around for a short time, looking to engage with the locals or easily find their way around without constant assistance."
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