Mumbai Girl Selected as Rwanda’s Brand Ambassador

Rwanda's Brand Ambassador

Young girls in India are doing a stellar job in the direction of obviating the country from various issues. For instance, Neysa Sanghavi, a 17-year-old Mumbai student has been selected as Rwanda’s brand ambassador in India by its high commission. She has gained recognition for her work among the countries refugees and genocide survivors over the past one year.

More about Neysa

Neysa is a Class XII student at Singapore International School, Dahisar. She has visited Rwanda twice, since September 2016. There, she has been working with global non-profits and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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The Trigger

“We were studying the book ‘Things Fall Apart’ in an English class. It introduced us to the communities of Africa. I was intrigued and wanted to do something. To begin with, I wanted to know more about the region and its people,” she told the TOI.

Assisted by her mother who had visited Rwanda in her role as a doctor, Neysa sent emails to non-profits she could connect with. After some research, she made her first 7-day long trip.

“I tagged along with volunteers from NGOs and met survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. I also visited refugee camps and chronicled my trip,” she said.

“The refugee camps were near large swamps and hence malaria was rampant. I did observational research to find out the effectiveness of awareness campaigns. I also realised there were skilled and trained talent which was getting wasted,” she said.

 Since then, she has submitted six projects to the Rwandan Government on avenues near the camps which could employ the refugees.

 Acknowledgment  by High Commissioner, Rwanda

It hasn’t been easy for Neysa to juggle everything with her academics. But her school backed her in her endeavours. “Neysa has been an outspoken advocate for Rwanda and regularly speaks about its success and the resilience of the survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi at high-profile events in India and Rwanda. Owing to her strong and deep attachment to Rwanda, I am pleased to designate Neysa Sanghavi as the brand ambassador for Rwanda in India,” read a letter by Ernest Rwamucyo, the high commissioner, Rwanda.

Neysa will meet the country’s authorities once her exams get over. She will then discuss her duties as a brand ambassador.


Pic credits: The New Times