Founder of Richard’s Rwanda IMPUHWE, a group of Seattle students who are working together to support Rwandan girls’ education.
Jessica Markowitz graduated Garfield High School in Seattle, WA. She is currently twenty years old and going into her sophomore year at New York University in the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies. She is a leader and role model through her commitment to civic responsibility and community involvement. A tireless advocate for global education and a spokesperson for social justice, Jessica founded Richard’s Rwanda-IMPUHWE when she was 11 to support educational opportunities for girls in primary and secondary school in the rural area of Nyamata, Rwanda. Fundraising efforts support costs such as school fees, supplies, shoes, insurance, and lunch. Jessica’s nonprofit has already expanded to several chapters.
Jessica believes that advocating for girl’s education will ultimately allow girls and women to end the vicious poverty cycle, decrease infant, child, and maternal mortality rates, reduce occurrences of HIV-AIDS and malaria while also improving national peace and security. Jessica traveled to Rwanda for her ninth time April, 2014 for the 20th anniversary of the Genocide commemoration events. Jessica's efforts are about building and sustaining
relationships, not just raising funds. Jessica believes in the power of providing a fishing pole, not
just the fish.