African refugee family in front of a silhouette crowd Transforming Lives. It's not complicated.

Simply put, our mission is to transform the lives of refugees. To give them the same opportunity afforded much of the rest of the world — an opportunity for a college education and long-term tools they need to succeed.

An opportunity to transform their lives and the lives of their families.

Addressing a critical gap.

Founded by Mondiant Dogon, who, as a refugee in Rwanda, was the beneficiary of a helping hand that allowed him to rise above the tragedy of his country’s strife and earn a college education, the Mondiant Initiative is supporting refugees in an area that isn’t sufficiently addressed – education.

Education is how we equip future generations with the tools they need to actively create positive change in communities around the world.

By investing in education through our scholarship program, we’re ensuring that these refugee students will gain access to unlimited opportunities and be empowered to live their dreams. Because “those we throw away are diamonds”, indeed.

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digital painting of a university classroom in africa
painting of a beautiful sunset in africa in the background and a refugee student reading a book in the foreground
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Coming Soon:

The Mondiant Initiative Center for Refugee Education

We’re excited to announce the grand opening of the Mondiant Initiative Center for Refugee Education on World Refugee Day. Stay tuned as we put the finishing touches on our base of operations in Kigali, Rwanda. We can’t wait to celebrate this important milestone with you!

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Mondiant Initiative Differentiators

Community Development

We’re creating pathways to self-sufficiency through education, vocational training, and apprenticeship through the lens of in-country workforce development and community building.


Mondiant’s tragic story was introduced to the world with his book Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds. It continues with Mondiant Initiative, a non-profit he built to support other refugees along the same path of freedom.

Unique Purpose

We’re supporting refugees in a way that isn’t sufficiently addressed. We’re operating where a critical gap exists and are determined to address it regionally and then globally.

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