20 Nov 2009
Through the course of the work of Survivors Fund (SURF), it is always remarkable to learn of other organisations working in Rwanda which share an allied goal of providing support to survivors.
Two organisations in particular of note have been founded by young survivors now based in the US, and are working to deliver support in Rwanda.
Marie Claudine Mukamabano founded Kuki Ndiho to support orphans in Rwanda, providing educational support to genocide orphans in particular. Jacqueline Murekatete founded Jacqueline’s Human Rights Corner as part of Miracle Corners of the World to establish a community centre to provide vocational skills training to young people in Rwanda.
Both organisations are undertaking incredibly important work, even more inspiring by the fact that they are founded and led by young survivors.
Another remarkable initiative of which we have become aware is Project Air. As an occasional yoga practitioner myself, then I can personally attest for its positive benefit. Project Air Founder and Director Deirdre Summerbell explained the genesis of the work on GRITtv with Laura Flanders in a fascinating interview (hat tip: Tami Woronoff).
On my most recent visit to Rwanda, I met up with a number of other organisations that are also undertaking great work in the country, including Sustainable Health Enterprises, Rwanda Knits and Survivor Corps. All offer an important and positive contribution to rebuilding Rwanda, which ultimately will benefit survivors too.
All power to them!