On Friday, August 17th this year, I visited one of the many refugee camps here in Rwanda.
The Kigeme Refugee Camp is the very recent refugee camp located in the Southern province of Rwanda in Nyamagabe District.
The Purpose of our visit was just to learn on how there Congolese are doing. We had similar experiences as these refugees, which break our heart to see the kind of life they are bringing here in Kigeme Camp. We wanted to share words of encouragements and hope and that is what we did.
Children are almost always vulnerable and that is what you can see in Kigeme Camp. In less than two months that this camp was opened, 25 kids have died. This is an average of at least a child or two per day. Actually, two kids died on the day I visited.
(A funeral ceremony of one of the child that passed away)
My role in the Foundation of Hope is to coordinate FOH’s work that includes visiting the kids and making sure their problems are known to the FOH in the United States.
Up until today, we have cases of children who come to us, children with needs beyond our ability to provide. Therefore, it is the time to work hard and build God’s kingdom.
They’re so many prayer requests including:
· Please pray for the families that lost their kids and pray for the kid’s health.
· Please pray for peace in the eastern Region of Congo
· If God puts something on your heart to help, please email us or donate to the FOH Rochester NY
· Please join foundation of hope to support need people together we can meet their needs nothing can stop us.
· If we are willing to open our heart and let the things breaks God’s heart break our on heart
· We can change the things that government cannot change we are Gods tools.
This is the typical house I use to live when I was in a refugee camp.
When I see Kids like these one they remind me hopeless life and it breaks my heart and this is why we choose to serve people like this.
This memory will not go away from my heart and my soul and I live it in my mind day by day.
It seems to me, I reached a peaceful country where I have enough food, medical insurance, and security all around me. What I know my life is meaningful when it impacted someone’s life. Even if I am in USA, I cannot forget that some of my country people are still in a desert and want to reach their promised land and with your support they can reach where there is peace, education, security and hope for life. The child must be a center of our everyday life and if the children are educated and equipped them in knowledge, spiritually and that is the hope for the nation or the country (Education of the children).
What you think is small can make difference for someone's life. God bless everyone who works hard to serve life and those who gives hope to hopeless people.
Sandra and Adele have been invited by the Women's Refugee Commission to participate in the UN's World Refugee Day in NYC on June 20, 2012. Sandra will give a short address to those in attendance, and then she and Adele will sing. What an amazing opportunity for these young women. Alex Ngabo is also attending.
Sandra and Adele attended the "Voices of Freedom" Awards Luncheon hosted by the Women's Refugee Commission in New York City, May 3-4, 2012. Sandra spoke at the luncheon and participated on a panel on Thursday evening. Adele joined Sandra on stage on Friday to sing a song for the audience. They both said they had an incredible time meeting many people who spend their lives helping the less fortunate and trying to improve the quality of life for refugee women and girls around the world.
Sandra was a wonderful ambassador for Foundation of Hope at the Summit with weekend. She spoke with eloquence and composure beyond her years. I am going to post the links to the interviews/articles all relating to this event.
Local News Article: Democrat and Chronicle Article
Update online: Daily Beast
Full interview at Women in the World 2012: Sandra's Story
February 20, 2012
This morning we received the sad news that one of our Foundation of Hope kids, Isaac, has passed away. Isaac has been very ill, and it was very difficult for his family to get his medications to help with his seizures. He had also recently battled malaria. We pray for his family during this difficult time.
Sandra has a couple of big news worthy items to mention. First, she and her brother Alex opened their photography show at the Visual Studies Workshop. The title of the show is "Survivors," and is part of the Aesthetics of Atrocity Exhibition. Secondly, because of this opportunity to work with the Visual Studies Workshop, Sandra was contacted to speak at the "Women in the World Summit" on March 8th at 6:30 in NYC
February 3-March 18, 2012
all events are free and open to the public
please use the 31 Prince Street entrance
From February 3 through March 18, 2012, Visual Studies Workshop will present a public program on the Aesthetics of Atrocity. Humans are frequently exposed to images of pain and suffering such as photographs that document wars or natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti or the tsunamai in Japan. Throughout five presentations we will investigate the human need to respond to atrocities through representation. In 2011, Afterimage: the Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, a publication of VSW, featured a special issue that inspired the series. The program brings together national and international journalists, a panel of scholars and an artist from universities in Western, New York, and a family of refugees now based in the Rochester area that survived the atrocities of a tribal massacre in Gatumba, Burundi, Africa in 2004. The full schedule and descriptions of events are below. This series is free and open to the public thanks in part to grant support from the New York Council for the Humanities.
“Survivors” exhibition opening February 3, 6-9 pm, VSW’s Bookstore and Gallery
“Survivors” is an exhibit in which Rochester-based refugees tell their story of survival of the 2004 Gatumba massacre in Congo. The exhibit features numerous audio and written testimonies, a documentary video, and portraits of survivors by first-time photographers and Banyamulengue youth survivors Sandra Uwiringiy'imana and Alex Ngabo. The "Survivors" exhibition has been supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Program.
THE PRICE OF WAR
Despite bearing the greatest brunt of the devastatinghorrors of war, women remain the pillars of theirfamilies and societies, and the source of strength that becomes the foundation of recovery. This paneldiscussion is comprised of three women with unique experiences of “Women and War”: a refugee camp massacre survivor, a world renowned humanitarian and UN Goodwill Ambassador, and one of the world’s most distinguished diplomats.
Moderator: Charlie Rose
Madeleine K. Albright,Former U.S. Secretary of State
Sandra Uwiringiyimana,Genocide Survivor,Spokesperson, Foundation of Hope Ministries,Photographer
Thursday, March 8th 6:30pm
Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus,
We had a general assembly of FOH Rwanda and bring together the children with their parents / guardians and choir members( we were about 73) and after we shared a soft drinks together.
we gathered the school reports, fill the other form you sent to us and know the problems they have now in their studies.
UWABABYEYI Joseline: Both parents died, she lives with Grand Father, she likes playing Jumping ropes and English is her favorite subject. With 81% for second term and she wants to a Doctor after studies. A very smart girl
This is IGIRANEZA Yvonne; she is an orphan living with her Aunt. Yet she is in Primary 4 and she got the first position in her class with a score of 83% in second term. She likes playing ball games, science is her favorite subject. She wants to become a Doctor after studies and to help children in need.
UWASE Makobwa; Orphan of both parents, the child lives with her grand Mother and in Primary four. She likes playing Foot ball and wish to become a police officer in charge of child protection after studies. Her usual chore is sweeping the house. She got 54% in second term.A very happy and hopeful girl!
Thanks a lot for making my life better and stay blessed ( Makobwa’s message)