RWASEF is committed to empowering young Rwandan women to become future leaders through sports, English enrichment and life skills.

RWSF Girl About Us

Who we are...

Committed to making a difference

In 2018, Leigh Woods and Jean-Claude Parisien set out to make a difference in the lives of young women all throughout Rwanda by providing them with many of the tools, resources and support they need in order to shape them into the leaders of tomorrow. They later initiated the Rwandan Women’s Academy for Sports and Empowerment Foundation (RWASEF), which was to provide a safe educational environment to young women of all backgrounds. The RWASEF aims to help young women in Rwanda to understand their importance and potential in the future of the nation, educating and empowering them through sports, English enrichment, life skills learning and career development assistance.


Our Programs


At RWASEF, we understand the power that sport has in empowering young people and bringing together the community. Our academy helps young women from all over Rwanda develop skills and techniques in football, basketball and volleyball.



Our career development program will help students to create professional goals and stick to them. Girls are provided with a mentor who can advise them on everything from study techniques to interview preparation.


Our working language is English, with all of the girls on our program having the opportunity to develop their listening, speaking and writing skills. Enhancing their knowledge in this area will open many professional doors in the future.


Our four-year program is designed to prepare young women to become future leaders. Through our life skills teaching, they will be equipped with the tools, traits and values which will help them to shape a positive future for Rwanda and its citizens.



RWASEF welcomes volunteers to help run our programs and make a difference to the lives of young women in Rwanda


If you would like to help us in our mission to shape a better future for girls in Rwanda, why not help us to raise funds?


Your kindness and generosity helps RWASEF turn dreams into reality. We appreciate any donation, no matter how big or small.