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.
Mondiant Initiative students and staff

From Our Staff & Our Students:
Thank You!

The UNHCR’s theme for World Refugee Day 2023 was Hope Away From Home: A World Where Refugees Are Always Included. This theme aligns perfectly with Mondiant Initiative’s mission and vision. 

Our team traveled to Rwanda for World Refugee Day, participated in event activities at multiple camps across the country, listened to the stories of our students, and handed out twenty new scholarships to bright refugee students. With your help, we delivered hope to twenty new families on a day that means so much to millions of people across the world. 

On behalf of our team and students, thank you for making this possible; we couldn’t have done it without you!

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.

Colorful digital art of two students sitting and at college in africa
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
Colorful digital art of diamond on top of book with white pages

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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