Sara Stender
Founder and Executive Director



Sara Stender is the Founder and Executive Director of Africa Healing Exchange. Since she was age 22, the women of Rwanda have been helping her to heal and it wasn’t until 2009 that she met many of them in person. She felt at home for the first time in her life. Sara lived in Kigali, working to provide vocational training to young adults who had lost their families in the genocide. As she built relationships with many Rwandans, she was witness to the deep suffering that often manifests as depression, anxiety, stress, addiction and substance abuse, and physical pain related to trauma. Sara was, and continues to be, in awe of the high level of resiliency, strength, and courage that permeates daily life in Rwanda. When she moved back to the U.S., she knew that there was a great partnership and exchange to be had between Americans and Rwandans, in order to work together to help end the global crisis of generational transfer of trauma. Sara is inspired by solutions-based, positive psychology, and has experienced personal growth through adversity. She holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Management, with a concentration in Leadership and Change. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Simmons College where she majored in Business Management and French. She is passionate about entrepreneurship as a catalyst for sustainable change and self-empowerment and enjoys leading the business development trainings in Western North Carolina and rural Rwanda. Sara is Mama Hope’s newest Executive Fellow, and is based in Asheville, North Carolina with her family. For more on AHE’s founder check out her article in WNC Woman, Social Entrepreneur to Change the World. To support her fundraising efforts take a look at her personal page and listen to her 2 minute “Why Africa Healing Exchange” on our YouTube channel.

Daniel Nsabimana
LOCAL INTERN IN RWANDA



Daniel Nsabimana was born in Rwanda, “Land of a Thousands Hills”. He was three years old when the Genocide of 1994 happened and he lost his parents and most of his family. It is a tragic story and many people still struggle but Daniel has hope today. He knows that Rwanda is a nation whose citizens have overcome so much and are rebuilding from nothing. Daniel mostly raised himself and was determined to succeed. He attended the University of Rwanda and obtained a degree in agricultural economics and agribusiness. Since then he has been gaining skills in the field of sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship, customer service and international development. Daniel serves as AHE’s newest team member based in the Western Province of Rwanda, coordinating activities with the women of UMUTUZO and other community partners. Through this work he is pursuing his passion of helping his fellow countrymen and women, and supporting the local economy in partnership with 3 Mountains Tea.

2017 Interns


2017 Interns
Sophie Roth

AHE Intern Summer & Fall 2017
Daniel Nsabimana

Field Contractors


Alex Niyonsaba
Naickey Ijembere
Salama Uwimana

Trainers


Mary Lynn Barrett

Master Trainer, Restoring Resiliency Model
Anna Ferguson

Master Trainer, Restoring Resiliency Model
Sara Stender

Entrepreneurship Training Program
Naima Dido

Trainer, Cultural Preparedness
Stephen Nsengiyumva