Sponsor trip to Rwanda 2014
On the first of June 2014, 7 sponsors of t
he Mukomeze foundation went - together with board members Anne-Marie de Brouwer and Eefje de Volder - to Rwanda to see the work of Mukomeze and the impact of it on the survivors. Marianne Scholing, one of the participants of this trip, tells in her own words how the experience was for her:
Because of its fifth anniversary in 2013 Mukomeze organized a trip for sponsors and others involved people to Rwanda. The group was hosted at the guesthouse of Solace Ministries - the partnerorganisation of Mukomeze in Rwanda - in the capital city Kigali. People at Solace are very friendly and welcoming, the guesthouse really felt as a ‘home from home’. We got the chance to meet many staff members of Solace and become familiar with their work. Jean Gakwandi (director) and Mama Lambert (counselor) accompanied us on many visits during the trip and spend a lot of time with us, including some evenings. The first two days were spend in Kigali with visits to various organizations for survivors of the genocide and the Gisozi Memorial site. It was very interesting to learn more about the genocide and the consequences for the Rwandan people. However, it still felt a bit aloof, as if you are only an observer. This feeling changed rapidly when we set out to the south of Rwanda..
To read more about Marianne's experience, click here.
20 years after the genocide
Kwibuka20 in The Hague
On the 4th of April 2014 the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), African Studies Centre (ASC) and the Rwandan Embassy in the Netherlands organized a conference at ISS in The Hague in light of the 20th
commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda. The topics discussed related to the themes “remember”, “unite” and “renew”, the themes of Kwibuka20. Speeches were delivered by, amongst others, H.E. Jean Pierre Karabaranga (Rwandan Embassy in the Netherlands), Prof. Salih (ISS), Alphonse Muleefu (Tilburg University), Felix Ndahinda (Tilburg University), Prof. Jan Pronk (ISS), Anne-Marie de Brouwer (Tilburg University/Mukomeze) and Mama Lambert (Solace Ministries/Mukomeze). Mama Lambert, the counselor with our partnerorganisation in Rwanda, was especially for this conference invited by the organizers. Mama Lambert, who is currently writing her life story in a book, gave her testimonial of survival at the conference and explained how she as a counselor brings other genocide survivors together and how she helps them to give meaning to their lives again.
Commemoration in the Synagogue in Tilburg
On May 25th
, Mukomeze was present at the 20th
commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, which took place in the Synagogue in the center of Tilburg and was co-organized by the Rwandan community in Tilburg, Intervict, Wereldpodium, Academic Forum and Mukomez
e. The program started with a brief presentation by Felix Ndahinda (TiU) about the racial segregation in Rwanda, which formed the basis for the genocide. Survivor Christine Safari van den Boogerd gave her testimony most impressively and the memorial was closed with a musical piece of accordion player Oleg Fateev and a speech by the Rwandan Ambassador Jean Pierre Karabaranga. Afterwards attendees talked further during drinks. We look back on a beautiful and calm commemoration, during which we received positive attention for our work.
Three “Mukomeze” students graduated!
In 2010, 5 students started their studies at the university with funding we obtained from Stichting Westeinde. Four of the women were orphaned as a result of the genocide, during which their mothers endured sexual violence; one woman was herself a survivor of rape. Last year we informed you about the graduation of two of them. Now we are very happy to announce that the other three students have graduated as well. After four years of studies and successfully defending their theses, they have successfully completed their bachelor degree in Accounting.
To read more about the 3 students, click here.
A Community Development Fund for Rusatira Community
During the course of two years (2012-2013), Soroptimistclub Bommelerwaard fund-raised for the Mukomeze Foundation through various activities. As a result, on 16 May 2014 a cheque of €3600 was given to the Mukomeze Foundation. While initially a housing project was planned, the raised amount was better suited for a community development fund.
Read here more about the Community Development Fund in Rusatira.
Wil Resing runs for Mukomeze
On Sunday 18th of May one of our sponsors, Wil Resing, ran - in a Mukomeze t-shirt - the "20 kilometers of Brussels". Like last year, he donates the proceeds raised for the run to the Mukomeze foundation. Many many thanks Wil!
Mukomeze in de media
It is twenty years after the genocide, but sponsorships are still essential for genocide survivors of sexual violence. Françoise Mukeshimana’s recent dead – one of the women we supported through the Mukomeze sponsorschip programme – is a very sad example of this necessity. Despite her determination, she could no longer fight against the illnesses she suffered from as a result of the genocide. The past year Mukomeze has been in the media several times to address the need for more support for genocide-survivors of sexual violence. More information – including interviews with a board member, member of our International Advisory Board, our Ambassador and counselor from our partnerorganisation in Rwanda – can be found here:
• Quest Psychologie, Levenslang: Seks als wapen ” (interview with Anne-Marie de Brouwer), Berry Overvelde (July 2014) (in Dutch) (deel 1
, deel 2
, deel 3
• Brabants Dagblad
, ‘Seksueel geweld is te lang gezien als een bijproduct van oorlog’ (interview with Anne-Marie de Brouwer), Joop van der Pol (13 May 2014) (in Dutch).
, Pijn & hoop: Twintig jaar na de genocide in Rwanda, Sanne Meijer (4 May 2014) (in Dutch).
, ‘Ik heb het de moordenaars vergeven’ (interview with Beata Mukarabuga), Karlijn van Houwelingen (7 April 2014) (in Dutch).
• BN De Stem
, Van de toren: Foto, Edine Wijnands (5 April 2014) (in Dutch).
• VN Forum
, Forgiving the unforgivable? 19 years after the Rwandan genocide (interview with Mama Lambert), Eefje de Volder (15 March 2014).
• VN Forum
, Seksueel geweld moet in de kiem gesmoord (interview with Patrick Cammaert), Adriënne Schillemans (14 March 2014) (in Dutch).
• UN Women
, Media Release: Lauren Jackson joins call for gender equality – Announced as Champion for UN Women NC Australia (26 februari 2014).
Periodic gifts even easier!
Since January 1, 2014 it is no longer necessary to have a regular gift (for a minimum of 5 years) recorded with the notary. This means that you can instantly record it with us without any costs. Periodic donations are fully tax deductible in the Netherlands. This could be appealing if you are interested in sponsoring a Rwandan woman for several years!