Aloys award will help him support Rwandas young people

17 May 2017

Aloys Muhashy will use his Ede and Ravenscroft Magnusson Award to further the work of a project he established to transform the lives of Rwanda’s children and young people.

Aloys, who is studying BSc (Hons) Computing at the African Leadership College (ALC) in Mauritius, of which Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a founding partner, will use the award to develop the work of Nation Lighters – a charity that supports academically talented children.

Said Aloys: “I was shocked by the living conditions of the kids I met while volunteering at a primary school in rural Rwanda. They had so little support and I had many sleepless nights thinking how I could help give them a better future.

“So, with like-minded people, I established Nation Lighters to give basic support to and to mentor 35 young people who are academically gifted but need practical and emotional support. We make sure they have supplies for school and give a little support to their families. We want them to realise their potential and be successful regardless of their background.

“I am delighted and grateful to have won this award and will use it to expand Nation Lighters’ work by hiring a psychologist to work with us, formalising our mentoring and raising awareness of childcare – as well as giving these awesome kids some much-deserved treats such as picnics.”

Aloys was one of eight students presented with a Magnus Magnusson Award at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 16. The awards will support them in volunteering projects across the globe, bringing their expertise and knowledge to parts of the world where it will make a real and lasting difference.