Daniel Trust, an award-winning social entrepreneur and youth advocate, has announced that he is expanding his philanthropic work to Rwanda, Africa.
Mr. Trust, 30, is President and CEO of Daniel Trust Foundation, a youth development nonprofit organization he founded to provide mentorship and scholarships to low-income students in Bridgeport, CT and New York, NY.
“Since 2014, in partnership with donors of Daniel Trust Foundation, I've mentored over 100 young people in the United States and I have awarded these young women and men with $94,000 in scholarships,” Mr. Trust said.
Young people Mr. Trust has mentored and provided scholarships to have attended and graduated from top American colleges such as Harvard, Yale, UConn, UC Berkeley, UNC Chapel Hill, and Georgia Institute of Technology.
To launch the new program in Rwanda, Mr. Trust said he is partnering with a Science and Technology high school for girls and will fund an SAT Boot Camp for 90 girls. In addition, Mr. Trust will award 10 girls who are coming to study in the United States in the Fall of 2020 with scholarships.
Why expand his work to Rwanda? Mr. Trust said “I was born and raised in Rwanda. I survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide and I was given the opportunity to come to the United States as a refugee in 2005 when I was 15 years old. My heart tells me it is time I start helping young people in Rwanda like I help them here in the United States.”
Mr. Trust said his first international investment is in girls education because girls, especially those who come from poor families in Rwanda and around the world, are often denied access to quality education and career opportunities.
The name and location of the Science and Technology high school for girls in Rwanda, which Mr. Trust is partnering with will be announced in January 2020. For now, Mr. Trust has launched a GoFundMe Charity crowdfunding campaign to support the launch of the new program.
“Special thanks to my dear friends Russ Berkowitz, Danielle and Robert Howard, John Stafstrom, Martin Heft, and Gail Janensch, so far I have raised $3,375 to support the launch of the new program in Rwanda,” Mr. Trust said. “I invite other friends to consider making a donation to the crowdfunding campaign I’ve created. Together, we are going international.”
An accomplished motivational speaker who has spoken to thousands of people in Asia and at high schools, colleges, and conferences throughout the United States, Mr. Trust said he has already booked 5 speaking engagements for 2020 and he is excited about these speaking opportunities because they will give him a chance to talk about his new program in Rwanda.
Mr. Trust’s story and work has been featured in local, national, and international publications and has appeared on various TV and Radio programs. CPTV recently profiled Mr. Trust and he was listed in Connecticut Magazine and Fairfield County Business Journal 40 Under 40 Lists. To learn more about Daniel and his work, please visit www.DanielTrustFoundation.org.