Ayodele Ayeni - The Bridge Project

Ayodele Ayeni – The Bridge Project

Date grant awarded: February 3, 2019

After studying early childhood development and volunteering with UNICEF Rwanda, Ayodele Ayeni realized that children in his country and community were not being afforded equal opportunities to pursue education. Thus he established The Bridge Project, which is aimed at bridging the learning gap in Rwanda by promoting programs for disadvantaged youth in the public schools from remote communities. Lead by Ayeni Ayodele, Pascaline Miderho, and Evareste Nsabimana, they use various means to achieve this goal, including teacher-trainings and advocating for children’s learning through programs and policies.

With a grant from The Pollination Project, Ayeni and his team will be able to provide youth with locally made schoolbags, notebooks, crayons, writing tools, and other basic materials to improve academic performance. “I am a firm believer in every child having access to quality education irrespective of their background or status and one way to achieve this is by a genuine compassion for children who are underprivileged and seeking ways to meet their basic academic needs for improved performance.”