Founding history


Acts of Gratitude (AOG) is a Rwandan registered NGO. It was co-founded in 2011 by a group of 13 young Rwandans who shared a desire to give back to the community. These young people were university students and fresh graduates whose education was supported by different individuals and institutions. To mobilise the other 12 co-founders, Jean D’ Amour Mutoni shared his story of rejection while fundraising for his fellow student orphans who would stay at university during holidays in 2009 as they had nowhere to call home since they had lost their entire families to the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. Rejections were a result of new policy that insisted on vulnerable people being helped from where there were born - which as was impossible for the group. In the midst of confusion, fortunately, they found a society of university (former Kigali Health Institute, now part of the University of Rwanda) employees who agreed to deduct some money from their salaries to finance food and hygiene materials for the students. Following the KHI employees’ example and after his graduation, Jean d’Amour and his 12 friends co-founded Acts of Gratitude on the spirit of fostering the culture of giving back to the community. Since 2011, the organization’s focus has been to empower youth in order to create a new generation of capable and socially responsible leaders for Rwanda.

AOG Founding Members