On this Thursday June 8, 2017 at Rwamagana , AVEGA’s Region Center in Eastern Province closed training of 4 days for Members of AVEGA From all Province that have business activities generates income and staff like AVEGA’s Health Center Managers.
This was the Third trip to Rwanda for the school’s Mercer on Mission program, following a successful visit last year by another group of Mercer students who helped train Avega-Agahozo’s leaders on marketing, business plans, and effective communication across channels. Mercer University is among the top colleges in the southeastern United States.
The 2017 Mercer on Mission team trained AVEGA’S Members and Staff from all of Rwanda’s provinces on essential entrepreneurship skills, including Project management and leadership. During the four-day training course, Mercer University professors Dr. Musonera (formerly of Rwanda, now living in the US) and Dr. Carol Gagle also reviewed key strategies for developing successful business and marketing plans, as well as handling Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Dr. Musonera and Dr. Carol Gagle are instructors teaching undergraduate and master’s students in Mercer’s esteemed Stetson School of Business and Economics.
After the initial training, the AVEGA members were divided into groups and teamed with some of the Mercer students to put into practice what they learned by creating and presenting a marketing plan. The professors advised each group to focus on existing objectives for Avega-Agahozo. The Mercer on Mission students were able to draw on their business training to help the AVEGA members in each group develop a comprehensive marketing plan. The teams started out by brainstorming ideas and capturing key information to help formulate the plan. The Avega-Agahozo members are grateful to the Mercer students for their constructive feedback during the group discussion, and they hope that successful implementation of their projects will be possible.
On the final day of training, the Avega-Agahozo Members and Staff from across the country presented their marketing plans back to the larger group to demonstrate what they learned. Each team reviewed their plans for effectively implementing projects that are exciting for Avega-Agahozo. These ideas can help support the mission of AVEGA and ensure its legacy for the future.
Dr. Musonera and Dr. Carol Gagle closed the session by thanking the AVEGA trainees for the great job they did on their marketing plans and presentations. Dr. Carol Gagle expressed his gratitude to the members of Avega-Agahozo for their hospitality and attention. Dr. Musonera said that this Third year of Mercer on Mission working with Avega-Agahozo has been a pleasure for him. “I consider all of you my sisters and a part of my family,” he said to the members of AVEGA. He also thanked Dr. Carol Gagle for helping to organize the trip and training, and his students for their interest in coming to Rwanda to assist Avega-Agahozo. He concluded by reaffirming Mercer University’s commitment to work with AVEGA in partnership.
Sylvie who was a delegate and one of the founder of AVEGA, wrapped up the training session with a speech thanking the leaders of Mercer University for their commitment to support Avega-Agahozo by building the capacity of the organization’s leaders and Staff through training in key entrepreneurship and business skills. She said, “It is hard to express my immense gratitude for the things you have done here during this training. I would like also to thank Dr. Musonera and Dr. Carol Gagle , and your students for their commitment to help Avega-Agahozo. This shows us that you love Rwanda because you’ve helped the widows of the genocide against the Tutsi. Avega-Agahozo came from nowhere, but today we have hope for life, and are working to raise the welfare of our members.” She recognized the efforts of the AVEGA trainees, saying that the presentations were perfect. She note that this training is very important to Avega-Agahozo, because the participants are Members with business activities and Staff for all levels of Avega-Agahozo. She expressed her hope that they would share these new skills with others when they return home to their groups.
Sylvie concluded her message to the group by saying, “We are grateful for your commitment to be our ambassadors in United States of America. Thank you and God bless you.
Before the Training the Mercer on Mission 2017 with their professors Dr. Carol Cagle and Dr. Musonera Etienne together with President of AVEGA-AGAHOZO Mukabayire Valerie visited Musha Genocide Memorial Site burial more than 20000 victims of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in 1994 and explained about the genocide in Rwanda, the visit continue to IMPINGANZIMA House of elderly Widows of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in 1994 at FUMBWE Sector and one Member of AVEGA-AGAHOZO at Nyagasambu Village.