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As you overlook the capital city of Kigali, Rwanda, beautifully textiles roofs mask the tin roofs and slums that lie deeper. Even once you have trekked down the unpaved, dirt paths and into the thick of it, the perfectly plastered walls of the homes can be deceiving. It is not until you enter the home where six or more family members live in a ten by ten room that reality engulfs you.

Until you experience this, the beauty of the landscape and the sprinkled “modern” homes fool you. Our first day out was spent mostly in the city and homes of sponsors and street boys. It was a day for us to see past the surface and into the Africa that people envision.

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A Journey Back Home

January 22, 2014
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A team of 10 Aspen Heights employees are heading to Rwanda over the next week and a half through our philanthropy program, Aspen Heights in Africa. We’ll be capturing their journey through blogs, photos and more. If you want to keep up with up-to-the-minute updates, follow along on the Aspen Heights in Africa Twitter account. […]

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3 Ways to Win at College

April 6, 2013
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Everyone gets burned out with school — especially right now as we come down the home stretch to the end of the semester. So we know you’re probably running low on motivation. Here are some simple tricks of the college trade that will help get you out of your rut and slide on over into […]

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6 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Roomies

February 13, 2013
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  We¬†understand¬†if you’re totally over the candle lit dinner and red roses thing. We are too! So we came up with 6 ways to celebrate the day of love with people you actually want to hangout with. Read on to find out how not having a date on Valentine’s day can be super fun and […]

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Learning From Our Rwandan Experience

February 6, 2013

  I expected each day to have one grand experience that moved me, touched my heart, and made me question why I had been blessed with so much. I was so wrong. Each and every moment of every day was spent being overwhelmed, changed, and reached the depths of my soul. I’ve been told by […]

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Aspen Heights in Africa: Rwanda 2013 Photographs

February 4, 2013
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We’ve only been back from Rwanda one week but are already excited for our next visit! Here are some of our favorite pictures from the trip:

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The Impact of Sponsorship

January 30, 2013

When we started with Aspen Heights, we were given the option to sponsor a child. In doing so we would pay half and the company would pay half of the sponsorship every month; pretty good deal. “By sponsoring a child, you will be providing them with an education and make a huge impact in their […]

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Day 2 at Bugesari School: The Joy of Crocs and Operation

January 24, 2013

Today was a day of healing after an emotional roller coaster yesterday. Our second day in Rwanda was spent visiting a school in Bugesera; one of Africa New Life’s schools in which Aspen Heights has multiple sponsor children at. Bugesera is a village in Rwanda that was heavily impacted by the genocide and is amongst […]

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Our Incredible Tour of Kigali and Africa New Life

January 22, 2013

“I don’t know how you could do what you are doing for people that you don’t even know. It makes me feel happy and blessed that people who have never met me are helping send me to school. I pray that God will bless you with seven times what you have given us and I […]

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Our Journey Begins: Expectation

January 22, 2013

We are well-traveled; we have never traveled over seas before. We are nervous; we are excited. We have studied the Rwandan culture; we are going in with no expectations or previous knowledge. We are all coming from different backgrounds; with two similarities. We want to make an impact, and we have been able to do […]

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