Rising Above the Storms (RAS) strives to instill hope and advocate for at-risk and orphaned youth. We ensure a chance at long term success and stability through awareness, education, and empowerment from our world’s greatest volunteers and founder’s personal story.
Rising Above the Storms was born from the experiences of our founder, Alphonsine Imaniraguha Anderson. At the age of thirteen, she suffered the tragic loss of her parents during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Orphaned, she survived against all odds, with hope, determination, and courage. Those qualities inspire our work to this day.
Alphonsine overcame the storms of her past. She supported her three younger siblings, as well as two other orphaned boys. All their lives have been forever changed by the power of education and hope. Today she is a successful engineer, working for the global technology provider, Cisco. At RAS, our vision is to continue and expand on her life’s work. Our first learning center is in Rwanda. Our goal long term is to expand the model to other parts of the world, improving more lives of those in need.