Turning Pain into Hope. Photo by Whitney Shefte.

Turning Pain into Hope

Rwanda’s children of rape are coming of age — against the odds. By Danielle Paquette, The Washington Post. Angel was 11 the last time her mother tried to kill her. She remembers the handful of rat poison pellets, the urging: Take … Continue Reading »

One of the beneficiaries of the Foundation Rwanda programme

“I learned who I am”

SURF Clinical Psychogist, Jemma Hogwood, is the lead author of a new academic paper “I Learned Who I Am”: Young People Born From Genocide Rape in Rwanda and Their Experiences of Disclosure.” The paper, published in this month’s Journal of … Continue Reading »

Uncondemned

Rwandan Genocide Survivors Urge U.N. Action on Sexual Violence.. “We keep hearing that it’s still happening, that rape is used as a weapon, as a tool of genocide and war. It hurts us a lot.” BY Lucy Westcott, Newsweek. Four … Continue Reading »

Emmanuel

Emmanuel Kayitare is 20 years old, currently S2 at Musambira Secondary School in the Kamonyi District. What Emmanuel values in life is to study.  His message to other children like him, “…is to feel easy at their problems even though … Continue Reading »

Faustine

Iradukunda Faustine is 20 years old, currently S5 College School of Arts of Nyundo – Sculpture, Ceramic and Graphic section, in the Muhanga District.  Her wish is to become a Fashion Designer. What she values in life is to study. … Continue Reading »

Faustine

Iradukunda Faustine is 20 years old, currently S5 College School of Arts of Nyundo – Sculpture, Ceramic and Graphic section, in the Muhanga District.  Her wish is to become a Fashion Designer. What she values in life is to study. … Continue Reading »

Ray of Hope

In 1994, people of Rwanda suffered horrible atrocities. But here’s a ray of hope. By Brandon Weber. Reposted from Upworthy. November 2015. November 2. In 1994, a civil war had been raging for four years in the country of Rwanda. Then, … Continue Reading »

The End

“We must raise the final £60,000 or our Foundation Rwanda programme closes in 2016.”  Yes. You read that right. It is a stark headline but it is the truth. We are a small team and we believe in full transparency, … Continue Reading »

Sam Munderere, SURF Chief Executive

Leadership

Survivors Fund (SURF) has announced the appointment of its first ever Rwanda-based Chief Executive, following the resignation of Françoise Lemagnen. “We are very pleased to welcome Samuel Munderere as our new Chief Executive. He is a popular choice and given … Continue Reading »

Francoise (SURF) and Françoise Foundation Rwanda counsellor

Change

As many of you already know, I took the difficult decision recently to step down as Chief Executive of SURF, that I announced in Rwanda in August. I shall be making way back to France from the UK and Rwanda, … Continue Reading »