Nina Iliza is Rwandan born but moved to the United States after the 1994 Genocide. Luckily, growing up she never had any difficulties holding onto her roots due the culturally rich community she was raised in. Although she lived most of her life in the Midwest, she ventured off to San Antonio, Texas to volunteer a year of her life to serving with City Year, an AmeriCorps education based program. Serving the youth of America really inspired her to take it back to her roots, and begin to search for a way to serve kids in Rwanda.
With her event planning expertise, she started a nonprofit organization that hosts fundraising events to benefit Rwandan street kids and orphans. The organization, Heart of a Thousand Hills was born out of her passion of bringing people together and her urge to give back. Heart of a Thousand Hills aims to provide school supplies and uniforms to Rwandan street kids and orphan, but beyond the material needs for success, the heart of the organization is to inspire the children towards excellence and success.
“We believe that empowering the children means empowering the entire nation. Thus our passion is to insure a stronger Rwanda in the future.