2010 Volunteer Corps
ART & INFORMAL EDUCATION
Barrie was a JSC fellow and the Art Program volunteer in the village. Her roles included working with the Rwandan Art Center staff, instructing the Art Enrichment program, coordinating community art projects, and managing art studio donations and budget. When she was not in the art studio Barrie could be found tutoring at the school, coaching girls soccer, working on the village archive, or jogging around campus with kids. As the village Archivist, she worked with a team of Rwandan colleagues to educate the staff about the importance of building a collection that represents our past and progress for future generations. Barrie also collected stories, pictures, and announcements from our village community to maintain the ASYV blog on our website and to write and publish a bi-monthly newsletter, The Village Times, for our friends outside the village. Barrie is a mentor and sister to a family of 14 amazing girls, which is by far, her most important role in the village. Barrie grew up in Springfield, VA and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both African-American Studies and Jewish Studies. While in college, Barrie was president of a social action grassroots network founded in an effort to bridge segmented ethnic and activist groups on her campus. She also led after school art and sports programs for youth in the community. Barrie spent the year before Agahozo-Shalom working in New York City working as Youth Program Coordinator for the Juvenile Justice Project of the Correctional Association of New York, where she co-authored a curriculum for and facilitated a leadership training program for youth involved in the prison system. She took continuing-education classes at the NY School of Visual Arts in Illustration and coordinated a two day Comic Arts festival for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA).
LIQUIDNET FAMILY HIGH SCHOOL
Ido helped out in a number of different departments at Agahozo-Shalom. In addition to working hand in hand with the principal of the high school, Ido coached the enrichment year boys basketball team. He also helped start the photography and moviemaking program. Ido was the volunteer of the Leopold Sedar-Sengor family (formerly family number 1), working alongside a housemother and counselor to support and mentor sixteen energetic teenage boys. Before coming to Agahozo-Shalom, Ido served as a shaliach (emissary) to the Young Judaea youth movement in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, promoting programs in Israel, advising and planning educational seminars, and fund raising. Ido spent his previous summers as the director of education at Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake, working with counselors and supervisors on planning and running activities, and implementing leadership training. Earlier in his career, Ido worked as the assistant director of informal education on Year Course, a gap year program in Israel. Ido met his wife Suzie in summer camp, working as a unit head in Camp Tel Yehudah. Ido holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
LIQUIDNET FAMILY HIGH SCHOOL
Mara spent the year 2010 volunteering at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda as a member of the Jewish Service Corps. Her job in the village was at the Liquidnet Family High School where she assisted with school administration and management. Before volunteering in Rwanda, Mara’s work experience was primarily in Jewish education and includes summers at Camp Solomon Schechter (Olympia, WA) and Camp Wise (Cleveland, OH). Her professional experience also includes work at Congregation Ansche Chesed, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, the Teva Learning Center and curriculum consulting for JCC Association. Mara has a Master's degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Bachelor's degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her hobbies include adventure sports, ultimate frisbee, photography, blogging, traveling, and laughing.
Lily served ASYV as the International Coordinator and designated volunteer for Family 6 (later christened Family David Ben Gurion). As International Coordinator, Lily assisted with the planning and facilitation of service-learning experiences for college and high school groups. In the 2009-2010 year, ASYV hosted Yale University, Tufts University, Bet Elazraki Children’s Home, and many individuals and families. Within her ASYV family, Lily was a mentor for 15 smart, beautiful, and strong young women. When not showing visitors around the village, Lily tutored 10 students in English, taught arts and crafts twice a week, and contributed to the production of the village newspaper. Lily is a proud New Jersey native and a graduate of Oberlin College. Before volunteering for ASYV, Lily worked on criminal justice reform at the New York non-profit Family Justice. Lily has also interned at a rape crisis center and a project monitoring human rights violations in U.S. prisons. In her rare spare time Lily makes jewelry, collage and book art, and writes short fiction.
Micaela grew up in Palo Alto, CA and graduated with honors from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, with a BA in International Affairs and Economics. After university, she completed a year-long fellowship at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism where she was a Legislative Assistant, focusing on issues of international human rights and economic justice. During college, Micaela spent a semester abroad at the University of Ghana where she volunteered with the Maine-Ghana Youth Network, tutoring students in English, math and science. Micaela was very involved with STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, throughout college, helping to organize students around the country involved in the anti-genocide movement. As Acquisitions Coordinator at ASYV, Micaela enjoys getting needed supplies for her favorite people, the kids at the village!
ACQUISITIONS & ADMINISTRATION
Adina Klein Navon
David "Dudu" Navon
CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE
Suzie helped out in a number of different departments at Agahozo-Shalom. In addition to working hand in hand with the director of the Music Center to grow and manage the music program at the Village, Suzie teaches piano and voice in the music center. She also works on generating income for the Village through business planning and implementation, grant writing, and corporate foundation relations in Rwanda. Most importantly, Suzie was the proud volunteer of the Madame C.J. Walker family (formerly family 2), working alongside a terrific housemother and counselor to support and mentor sixteen wonderful teenage girls. Suzie also tutored students in English, Math, and Economics. Before coming to Agahozo-Shalom, Suzie served as Public Policy Director at the American health insurance company, Aetna, working to inform and advance health care reform in the United States. Earlier in her career, Suzie worked in development, programming and training for Homes for the Homeless in New York City and the Israel Scouts, and consulted to a variety of non-profits in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, and evaluation. Suzie has also worked extensively in guiding youth and staff at Young Judaea summer camps, including Camp Tel Yehudah, where she met her husband, Ido Benvenisti, another volunteer at Agahozo-Shalom, who serves as advisor to the school principal. She has been a student of music (voice and piano) for most of her life and enjoys performing, writing and composing music. Suzie holds a Master’s degree in public policy and administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Barnard College.
Suzanne Patt Benvenisti
MUSIC, INFORMAL EDUCATION, FUNDRAISING & BUSINESS
Amy was the farm volunteer at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village and a member of the 2010 JDC’s Jewish Service Corps. As the farm volunteer, she has created a chicken business to help provide more protein for the students. She enjoys watching the farm grow and provide lots of produce for the ASYV kitchen. Amy graduated in 2007 with a degree in Child and family Development from the University of Georgia. While in school, she studied about the dynamics of family. Since being in Rwanda, she has learned that family is defined differently from her interaction with her family of 15 wonderful Rwandan girls in Family Patrice Lumumba and from the group of 25 farm workers. She also teaches yoga in the village. Before coming to ASYV, she had two jobs that helped prepare her for working in the village. Amy was an environmental educator with the Teva Learning Center where the importance of sustainable agriculture was learned and worked for the Second Nature Therapeutic Wilderness program where she helped teens who experienced trauma. She enjoys traveling the world, playing sports, eating local food, camping and reading a good book.
FARM & ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Sika was exposed to humanitarian work as a young child while living in Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Republic of Congo (then Zaire) where her father worked for many years. She was born in the former Yugoslavia and attended schools in Great Britain, France, and the US. Professionally, Sika has over thirty years of experience in the field of IT, of which more than twenty years were managing IT projects for Boston University. In addition to her professional experience, she volunteered for nearly fifteen years for a refugee assistance organization in Boston. She has also been active in organizations such as NOW, Mass Choice, and Health Care for All, and has volunteered for the American Red Cross and Enfants Refugies du Monde. IIn 2008-2009 Sika was on a year-long placement in Malawi where she worked as a VSO volunteer for a micro finance organization. In 2007 she worked in Rwanda for 3 months as an IT volunteer for the Ministry of Education.