Our Village IS More than just a SCHOOL
Home to our kitchen, dining hall, and library, the Edmond J Safra Community Center is perhaps the busiest location in the Village. Here our students enjoy three meals a day, Village-wide events, and a place to study. The Community Center's covered porch is used for informal meetings and weekend yoga practice.
The Health and Wellness Center promotes the physical and psychological health of the Agahozo-Shalom community through its clinic and counseling units. Staffed by trained nurses and social workers, the clinic provides basic healthcare services to the Village as well as physiological and psychological support.
The Liquidnet Family High School (LNFHS) is located at the highest point in the Village, both physically and spiritually, to emphasize the importance of education. When you ask our students what the difference is between our school and the schools they attended in the past, they often say, "At LNFHS, the teachers ask us what we think, not only what we know."
Our Science Center, funded by the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust, allows students to continue scientific exploration through extra-curricular programs. Here students complement their theoretical knowledge of science by experimenting with hands-on applications in the disciplines of electronics/circuitry, mechanics, and computer science.
The sports field comprises the Majora Carter Basketball Courts, and adjoining soccer field and volleyball courts. Many of our students participate in the Villages' sports teams, in addition to our after school sports enrichment programs.
The Art and Music Center is where artistic extracurricular activities take place, and where Enrichment Year and Senior 4 students participate in their chosen art enrichment program. The Art and Music Center is a place where students who may not be comfortable opening up at first can come to express themselves, explore their passions, and heal from past traumas alongside like-minded peers.
We use our farm to decrease costs, produce environmentally sustainable food, and provide our students with a host of educational experiences and life skills. The farm provides food for the Village (about 35% of the food consumed at ASYV comes from here), offers students hands-on, educational opportunities in farm work and methodology, and supports the Village financially through harvest sales.
In January 2014, we signed an agreement with Gigawatt Global to build an 8.5MW solar power plant on our grounds. It is the first sub-Saharan grid-connected solar project, and provides electricity to nearly 10% of Rwanda, increasing the nation's supply of clean, renewable electricity. This solar field is an important step forward in closing the Rwandan energy gap.
The Lily J Safra Amphitheater is one of our Village's foremost gathering places, and most student performances and achievement ceremonies are held here. As a place to share and celebrate one another, the Amphitheater is a really great place to witness our students' growth over the course of their time in the Village.