Where Angels Play Goes To Rwanda!

Why Rwanda?

“Are you crazy? Don’t we have enough problems here in the US? Rwanda? Why Rwanda?”


Well, simply stated, the angels have directed us there!


As we begin to shop for Christmas and get ready to prepare a Thanksgiving feast here in the US, a platoon of the Angels Army is in full prep mode to visit the village of Kibeho, Rwanda, and spend a week with the poorest people on the planet. They will be leaving on Friday November 24th and returning on December 4th.


Four years ago, JT Lewis was counseled and inspired by a Rwandan genocide survivor so much so that he created a foundation at the age of 13, “Newtown for Rwanda”. JT is the older brother of Jesse Lewis, one of our angels from Sandy Hook. Almost simultaneously, Kids Around The World, a foundation that provides refurbished playgrounds to third world countries, contacted Where Angels Play and asked if we would be interested in partnering with them oversees. It seemed natural that Where Angels Play Foundation, in the name of Jesse Lewis, could repay the beautiful people of Rwanda for the kindness they had showed Jesse’s brother JT.


Immaculee Ilibagiza, the best selling author of Left To Tell, was introduced to us by Scarlett Lewis, one of her colleagues and fellow author. Immaculee had been praying for a playground for her school in Kibeho. Needless to say, plans were set in motion that were undeniably inspired from above.


After visiting Kibeho, Rwanda last November, it was clear that this mission was not only possible, but vital to the community and all of us who would be blessed to make this dream come true.


Last month, a 40-foot container filled with bicycles (Thanks to another angels of ours, Chase Kowalski, through Bikes for Kids), basketball nets, a new playground, and medical supplies, arrived and awaits us at the “Mother of the Word” School at the top of the remote village of Kibeho. We look forward to delivering on a project that will be spoken about for generations and will no doubt change all of us for the better.


Please pray for the safe journey to and from this holy land and if anyone would like to help our team members with their fundraising efforts, please visit www.crowdrise.com/RwandaPlaygroundBuild or send checks to Where Angels Play 158 Bucknell Avenue Woodbridge, NJ 07095.

Our Mission

To create joyful places to play. To provide hope, recovery, and a return to family values in the wake of senseless violence and tragedy.

“These parks stand for Hope and Recovery.” ~ Bill Lavin

So many have expressed their thanks to the Where Angels Play Foundation for the many playgrounds we’ve built throughout the years.  In truth, we believe that we are the ones who are thankful for this unique opportunity to honor so many amazing people, families and memories.


With each playground, we’re blessed to be supported by wonderful communities.  Our “Angels Army” grows and allows us to continue to pay it forward, bringing hope and recovery to communities throughout the nation.  To date, we have 30 playgrounds built and with all the support growing behind our mission, we do not plan on slowing down.  We are committed to a message that love and joy will overcome difficult times.

“This is where we can learn to be happy again.”

~ Jenny Hubbard, mother of Catherine Hubbard

Your gift in any amount will have a tremendous impact.