Celebrate the opening of the new Ashinaga-USA office at 21st Oct.

We held a launch reception for the D.C. office!

Fujimura Osamu

Fujimura Osamu, President of Ashinaga USA

On Wednesday, October 21st, Ashinaga Board Members and staff from all over the world gathered in downtown Washington, DC to celebrate the opening of the new Ashinaga-USA office. Along with several Ashinaga executives from Japan, including President Tamai and Vice President Fujimura, many esteemed guests came to support the establishment of Ashinaga USA as the North American headquarters. His Excellency Mr. Kenichiro Sasae, the Ambassador of Japan to the United States, pledged his and Japan’s support for Ashinaga’s continued efforts to advance the “100-Year Vision for Supporting the Higher Education of Orphaned Students from Sub-Saharan Africa.”

 

Anbassador Sasae

Mr. Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, was recognized as the Guest of Honor

Other distinguished guests included Mr. Patrick Muganda Guma from the Embassy of Uganda, President Shin Donowaki from the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, DC, and representatives from notable US schools, including Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and American University.

 

Angelique Uwabera, one of the first “100-Year Vision” students addressed a generous and reassuring crowd with a speech that expressed her deep appreciation for Ashinaga. She congratulated Mr. Tamai for establishing the organization as a cornerstone for satisfying what Dr. Martin Luther King referred to as “Life’s most persistent and urgent question… ‘What are you doing for others?’”

 

Angelique Uwabera

Angelique Uwabera from Rwanda is one of the first “100-Year Vision” students

As a child born in the dreadful aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Angelique recalled the daily challenges that she and her family faced as her country struggled to rise from the ashes of war. However, with her positive attitude and tenacious strength, Angelique continued to work hard at her studies. She found a renewed sense of confidence and hope that her education could one-day open new doors and lead to inspiring opportunities.

 

Angelique’s courageous spirit stuck with her as she crossed over into her new and interesting life as a freshman at American University, where everyday she has “at least one thing to wonder about.” In her speech, she shared some of her thoughts on various aspects of campus life and American culture, such as the food. “There are too many choices,” she said, “and most of the time I can’t figure out what they are.” She further expressed her excitement and gratitude for studying in such a supportive environment.

AmbassadorGuma

Ambassador Guma of The Ugandan Embassy

“At American [University], I know I will succeed because of my amazing professors and counselors who are committed to my progress… But just as importantly,” she continued, “are the lasting friendships that I will make and have already made, and will cherish for a lifetime.”

 

Angelique finally thanked Ashinaga on behalf of the first wave of “100-Year Vision” students.

“Thank you,” she said, “for equipping us with what a child always needs in life: love and education.”