Day Three . . .
Kigali Genocide Memorial.
It’s hard to believe that this horrific event occurred only 20 years ago. There is not one person who is not affected by it.
The museum is well put together and succeeds at educating visitors of the progression, the event, the aftermath, the stories, and preventative actions.
One quote I read was saying that genocide doesn’t just happen all at once. It starts with one death at a time.
A book that was recommended was “Shake Hands With the Devil” by Romeo Dallaire.
The people here are dedicated to moving forward by educating others about he past so that we may all learn from it.
After a sober morning, we transition to the Akilah school for women (www.akilahinstitute.org) whose goal is to connect young women to economic opportunity. Nadine, a recent graduate, shows us around and tells us how Akilah has changed her life. The school is a three year program. The first year focuses on foundations of language and basics of the working world. The second and third year are dedicated to concentrated studies where the women can choose one of three streams: IT, Hospitality, and Enterpernership. Women are given extra training in cover letter and resume skills as well as practice interviews. Nadine shares with us that Akilah has taught her how to ask questions, to speak with confidence, to believe in herself, how to set goals, and how to reach them. The women are passionate, visionary, hopeful, hardworking, purposeful, and full of life. I am encouraged by their resiliency and admonish them in their endeavours.
We also got to meet with Jean Baptiste, leader of Rwanda Youth for Christ. He exuded with passion for making disciples and leading young people in gar growing relationship with Jesus Christ. These people are taught how to love God with their entire being and to love their neighbour as themselves. Emphasis is placed on looking for opportunities to serve their local community.
Jean also is well connected with Andy Harrington, the CEO of Wellspring (www.thewellspringfoundation.org).
We also briefly chat with Brad Burnfield, founder of Kigali Christian School. It is six years olds and they are on their way to starting two more schools in the local area.
I was elated to make these provident connections without planning it myself!