Many of you know DeFrabu, who is working with Akazi Kanoze to jumpstart our English Conversation Groups. We are so proud to share his story:
"Before the Akazi Kanoze work readiness program, I was out of school doing small jobs building houses. I knew I was struggling with school, so I elected to start work readiness and IT training." After completing work readiness, DeFrabu began the English Functional Literacy Accelerated Learning Program. There, he learned about English as a Foreign Language (EFL) training and knew that he had a new path in life.
Starting as an intern, DeFrabru worked with a variety of Implementing Partners (IPs) to teach functional English to other work readiness graduates. He found that he had a talent for drawing and painting, and incorporated these skills into his English lessons. As he met more Akazi Kanoze youth throughout Rwanda, he realized that he wanted to start an English Club to work together with other graduates for the benefit of the community.
However, starting a business isn't easy. DeFrabu first worked as an accountant in a pharmacy. The owner, an entrepreneur, finally pulled him aside and said "You are able." which gave him the push he needed to build his company. Working day and night, DeFrabu saved enough money to start The Blessing English Club, which he now runs full-time. He eventually hopes to return to school.
While running The Blessing English Club, DeFrabu also travels to alumni groups for Akazi Kanoze to teach English Conversation Groups, focusing on industry-related English Conversation Groups. We are so proud to have DeFrabu working with us!