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Learn Work Develop to Host Mountaintop Fellow

Kigali, Rwanda, August 15, 2023 – Learn Work Develop (LWD), a nonprofit promo ting effective and sustainable work among women and youth, is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a Fellow in partnership with Mountaintop, a US-based nonprofit. As a host organization, LWD was selected from a highly competitive candidate pool due to its demonstrated impact, innovative model, and trusted leadership.


The Mountaintop fellowship program provides Fellows with a paid, one-year, full-time service experience, enabling them to contribute to their home communities' development by working on critical challenges alongside high-impact locally-led NGOs, government agencies, and social ventures. Mountaintop amplifies Fellows’ potential for impact by providing a world class experience including mentorship, grants, a lifelong community of inspiring peers, and a fourteen day leadership institute hosted in Cambridge, USA at Harvard University’s Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics.


Jean Claude Mwiseneza, Executive Director of LWD, expressed his excitement about the partnership: “Our vision is a society where all children, youths and women enjoy

secure, healthy, enlightened lives and a responsive environment that promotes their

social, economic, cultural and moral development. We believe in partnerships; we are

very proud to work with Mountaintop with a big hope to realize this dream.”


Mountaintop Founder and CEO Reed Shafer-Ray emphasized Mountaintop’s mission, stating, "In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose "Mountaintop" speech called for people everywhere to rise up as leaders to create a better world, Mountaintop cultivates locally rooted moral leadership, supports community self-reliance, and strengthens local institutions in places worldwide where success too often means leaving and not coming back. In line with that mission, we could not be more proud to partner with Abaarso Network as a Mountaintop Fellowship host.”


Through its workforce development program, LWD fights against all forms of barriers to effective work like ignorance, early marriage, teenage pregnancies, climate change, social exclusion, HIV/AIDS and other diseases.


The fellowship application process is now open to outstanding locally-rooted leaders under the age of 30 committed to serving Kigali and Rwanda as a whole over the course of their lives and careers. The deadline for submitting applications is September 30th, with the fellowship beginning January 2024. Interested individuals can apply through Mountaintop's website at https://www.mountaintopfellows.org/fellowship.


About Learn Work Develop (LWD): LWD is a nonprofit promoting effective and sustainable work among women and youth. Through its workforce development program, LWD fights against all forms of barriers to effective work like ignorance, early marriage, teenage pregnancies, climate change, social exclusion, HIV/AIDS and other diseases.


About Mountaintop: Mountaintop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works toward a future where every community can solve its own problems in order to build a just, loving, and peaceful world for all. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose "Mountaintop" speech called for people everywhere to rise up as leaders to create a better world, Mountaintop cultivates locally rooted moral leadership, supports community self-reliance, and strengthens local institutions in places worldwide where success too often means leaving and not coming back.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Jean Claude Mwiseneza

Executive Director, Learn Work Develop (LWD)

lwdrwanda@gmail.com


Note: Additional information is available upon request.


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