Project Africa

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Dream Beauty Academy

Kigali, Rwanda, Africa

We are thrilled to share news about our affiliated school, Dream Beauty Academy, in Rwanda. Now you can read more information about the African cosmetology school and make donations to help educate more people through the school’s updated webpage at

Academy of Hair Design co-founders Christie and David Gonzales started Dream Beauty Academy, which opened in 2012. Dream Beauty Academy is a non-profit school located in the city of Kigali in a community center called the Dream Center, and it began as a partnership between our school and Portland, Orgon. based Africa New Life Ministries.

In the Dream Center there is a tailoring school, daycare, seminary, church and sponsorship office. The organization provides 6,000 students with supplies and meals for their families. Rwanda’s economy crumbled during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and hasn’t fully recovered.

The Dream Beauty Academy provides essentially free cosmetology educations to women and is mostly funded through donations. The Gonzaleses are actively involved in the school and take trips to Rwanda to deliver new school supplies and meet and work with students.

The Gonzaleses and the Academy staff are committed to growing their charitable ventures globally by building a network of schools in developing countries to empower people and give them hope. This global-minded strategy should attract strong faculty, students and salon clients who desire to make a difference in the world.

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