For Immediate Release:
Marie Claudine Mukamabano
Rwandan Genocide Survivor to Speak to High School Students About Women Empowerment & Her New Book
MARCH 4, 2015, from 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m., Ms. Marie Claudine Mukamabano, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, will speak to students at
BENJAMIN BANNEKER Academy for Community Development
77 CLINTON AVENUE,
BROOKLYN, NY 11205.
From 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.,
She will give a message of hope, empowerment, and inspiration.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SUPPORT RWANDAN ORPHANS in KIGALI. Please
DONATE Now ! THANK YOU !
NATACHA FRANCOISE Audain from Haiti is also scheduled to speak.
Dance & Music will be provided by the Students Dance Club. Fashion Show & Models are provided by Empowerment Through Creativity (E.T.C.) and is directed by Executive Director Deanna Salomon. African Clothing Styles are provided by African Stars & Claudine’s organization, ‘WHY DO I EXIST?/ KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT.” The program was initiated by Leasha.
Claudine is a Transformational Speaker and Author of “THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA : Be Yourself! Change Somebody’s Life Today!” HER BOOK is an excellent resource for every person who seeks to maximize the use of social media to change the lives of others. Ms. Mukamabano describes the potential growth each person has to expand a company and bring it to a level beyond one’s imagination. She offers her life’s work as an example in a thrilling, entertaining, and exciting matter. In her audio book, no one will leave disappointed, but be empowered to effectively use social media.
Miss Claudine will also be accompanied by her Assistant writer and editorial assistant, Cindy Similien-Johnson, the President and CEO of CSJ Media Publishing and Author of “How to Stay Motivated: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Living.”
After Claudine lost her parents, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, loved ones, friends, classmates, and fellow countrymen during the Rwandan Genocide, her Catholic faith inspired her to seek the answer to the question of KUKI NDIHO — Why Do I Exist, in her native tongue. This question now serves as the name of her organization, Why Do I Exist/ Kuki Ndiho Rwanda Orphans Support Project , which she established in 2005 to raise awareness on the genocide in Rwanda, help survivors, and aid orphans of HIV.
Feel FREE TO DONATE NOW by Pay Pal by using Claudine’s Email address which is : email@example.com
(For more information or to provide any donation to support this humanitarian effort, please visit whydoiexist.org.)
The mission of Benjamin Banneker High School for Community Development is to provide a comprehensive course of study that will actively engage students in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to a multicultural, scientific and technological society. Students will draw upon community resources in preparation for the world of higher education and work. The Benjamin Banneker graduate will be a socially responsible lifelong learner prepared to promote all aspects of community development and meet the challenges of the future.
MISSION OF WHY DO I EXIST ?
HEAL RWANDAN ORPHANS TOGETHER !
WHY DO I EXIST?/KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT a Humanitarian efforts for our Children, dedicated to education, financial, physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual healing and the well being of Rwandan orphans affected by genocide & HIV/AIDS
Our Vision & Goal is to provide a loving and safe home, to help educate some of the million plus Rwandan orphans and victims. They are still struggling to overcome the trauma of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 and War.
The Kuki Ndiho “Why Do I Exist?” Rwandan Orphans Support Project Foundation Helping Rwandans and the World to Heal
Kigali, Rwanda & New York , USA
“For children like us who live in child-headed households, when we have no parents, we live under very difficult conditions; life is very hard and there are times when we are actually even starving.” Umutesi
The Why do I Exist ?/Kuki Ndiho Rwanda Orphans Support Project
was founded by Marie Claudine Mukamabano, Transformation Author ,an influential speaker, artist, and human rights advocate.
Marie Claudine is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide who has since found a purpose for her existence in helping Rwandan orphans live to their fullest potential.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Marie Claudine Mukamabano
Phone: (347) 465-4045
Rwandan Orphans Received A Visit
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, Ms. Ola Kwiatkowska, Josiane, and Peace Eugenho Mg visited the Kimisagara Orphanage in Kigali, Rwanda. The visit was facilitated by Ms. Claudine Mukamabano. Founder & CEO of Why Do I Exist/ Kuki Ndiho Rwanda Orphans Support Project.
Ms. Mukamabano expressed her deep gratitude and appreciation for their visit. She said, “Many orphans and genocide survivors need someone who can just visit them, come close to them, and show them that they are not alone.”
She continued, “Thank you very much for doing this POWERFUL & VERY MEANINGFUL ACTION. Please continue to heal our wounded hearts. May God continue to bless your hearts and fulfill your desires as you remember and care for the Rwandan Orphans. Your Presence, Love, Care and gifts will remain in the mind and hearts of those orphans forever. Please accept my acknowledgment and appreciation. I thank you on their behalf.”
Ms. Kwiatkowska felt truly welcomed during her visit in Rwanda. She said, “I thank Marie Claudine for her beautiful and heartfelt initiative, and for introducing me to her friends and colleagues.”
Miss Josiane ,Kuki Ndiho Staff & Miss Ola with Rwandan Orphans
After losing her parents, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, loved ones, friends, classmates, and fellow countrymen during the Rwandan Genocide, Ms. Mukamabano’s Catholic faith inspired her to seek the answer to the question of KUKI NDIHO
(Why do I exist)? This question now serves as the name of her organization, Why Do I Exist/ Kuki Ndiho Rwanda Orphans Support Project , which she established in 2005 to raise awareness on the genocide in Rwanda, help survivors, and aid orphans of HIV.
For more information or to provide any donation to support this humanitarian effort, please Call 347 465 4045 or visit www.whydoiexist.org
Make your Financial Contribution (checks ) payable to:
KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT
1186 Fulton Street, Brooklyn,NY 11216
Miss Josiane & Eugene ;Kuki Ndiho Kigali Team at Kimisagara Orphanage ,
Ms. MUKAMABANO is the Author of an Audio Book, ” THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA: Be Yourself! Change Somebody’s Life Today!”, an excellent resource for every person who seeks to maximize the use of social media to change the lives of others. In her book, Ms. Mukamabano describes the potential growth each person has to expand a company and bring it to a level beyond one’s imagination. She offers her life’s work as an example in a thrilling, entertaining, and exciting matter. In her audio book, no one will leave disappointed, but be empowered to effectively use social media.
The 2014 ‘Impact Maker in Development on the African continent’
” Before I begin, I would like to thank Marie Claudine Mukamabano, for gracing us with such a moving song “ . Said ; UN Secretary – General Ban Ki- moon’s remarks at fifteenth commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda in New York, 7 April 2009
The 2013 Africa Brave Award Winner, 2012 Humanitarian Achievements Award Winner , 2011 African Community Leader Award Winner & 2010 Ambassador for Peace Award Winner Marie Claudine Mukamabano, an orphan-survivor of Rwandan genocide, has received recognition from The Assembly of State of New York on May 2011 on the occasion of the Africa Day Celebration for turning a life of hardship into one of leadership and advocacy.
October 25, 2012 , Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO, initiated the Rwanda Flag Raising Ceremony in Newark City Hall in New Jesery as a Symbol of Healing, Peace,Resilience,Hope and Forgiveness , to Honor UN’s International Day for Peace by Supporting Rwandan Orphans. Event was so successful
She is the Founder , Chair-girl and CEO of Kuki Ndiho Rwanda Orphans Support Project , an organization that she established in 2005 to raise awareness on the genocide in Rwanda, help survivors, and aid orphans of HIV. In a personal capacity, she also serves as a mentor to many of the children, helping to build their confidence and give them inspiration.
After losing her parents, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, loved ones, friends, classmates, and fellow countrymen during the Rwandan Genocide, her Catholic faith inspired her to seek the answer to the question of KUKI NDIHO? (Why do I exist?-Pourquoi J’existe?). This question now serves as the name of her organization, which has an extensive fundraising program in New York, as well as a presence in Belgium and South Africa. The thousands of dollars raised thus far continue to support hundreds of orphans in Rwanda
She gave a speech on March 2011 at the African Union’s conference on behalf of Rwanda & African women author on the theme: “A Tribute to Flora Nwapa: Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Women”.
On the occasion of the 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations on February 2011, Marie Claudine was selected as the only representative of Africa women to speak on the panel “Sharing Knowledge – Joining Forces – Gaining Power: Mentoring as a Tool to Empower NGO Women”. She won an Ambassador for Peace Award on May 2010.
In 2007, as a Professional Mistress of Ceremonial and Special Event Organizer, she helped to establish “African Day Parade” and volunteered as Committee Member of the mission to promote a positive image and culture of Africa in The United States and others westerns countries.
Marie Claudine is also an influential speaker, actress, artist, and model. As artist, she dances at universities, churches and community groups as part of the Rwanda Dance Theater Company. As singer, she performs at the International Commemoration Day to mark the 15th Anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide at the United Nations attended by the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.
She was awarded a Marathon Peace Medal from the International Women for Peace in Kigali Rwanda and honored for being the first artist from Rwanda selected among 600 applicants worldwide to participate in the Robert Wilson’s International Theater Projects in New York City on May 2005.
She speaks English, French, Swahili and her language Kinyarwanda. She graduated with a distinction in School of Business Studies in Rwanda 2000, and has recently completed courses in nonprofit management at Baruch College and The Foundation Center. She graduated recently from the International Trauma Studies, a program directed by Dr. Jack Saul, Professor at Columbia University.
By Cindy Similien-Johnson
This morning, I woke up from the best sleep I had in years. I felt so peaceful and joyful. As I opened my eyes, the first words that came out of my mouth were: “Today will be a good day.” It was a beautiful morning although it was cold outside, and snow was still on the ground. Sunlight illuminated my bedroom and danced across the walls. It felt like a morning in the springtime.
“Yes, today is going to be a good day,” I repeated as I got out of bed. I did my usual morning routine, including praying and thanking God for a new day. I also thanked him for honoring His promise in Psalm 30:5 in the Bible, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
You see, I was experiencing terrible chest pains the night before. I went to bed early, telling myself that I will wait until the morning, and if the pain insists, I will go to the Emergency Room. I had alerted my employer and my family earlier that day. “God, help me,” I cried out as I laid on the bed.
I was reminded of Lamentations 3:22-23, “His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” I closed my eyes and went to sleep despite the excruciating pain and not knowing if I’d wake up the next day. But, I trusted God that when morning came, the pain will be gone and joy will come. I looked at the time. It was only 11:23 p.m. I didn’t know what time I fell asleep, but when I awoke, I felt refreshed and ready for the new day. I am telling you – I had the best sleep I had in years! And, the pain was gone!
This morning, I was in my office writing a letter when I saw my phone light up, ringing. It was my mentor, Marie Claudine Mukamabano, an orphan survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. I had met her back in 2012 when I was going through a tough time in my life. One afternoon in August 2012, I had googled the words, “why do I exist,” and her website,www.whydoiexist.org, came up. I read her story of survival and her faith in God. I thought to myself, “If this woman could go through what she went through, and still have joy and make something positive out of her life, I could do the same!” I decided to give her a call to see how I can help promote her organization using my gift and talent in writing. I asked her if I could help her write her life story, and she agreed. We are in the midst of drafting and finalizing the manuscript.
I answered the phone. In a rushed voice, Claudine told me to come to Downtown Brooklyn ASAP. There’s a meeting about business and government, and she wanted me to write an article about it. Can I come? Yes, of course. Okay, the meeting was to start in a couple of minutes. What? I was one hour away from the site. She told me to just come, and that I should bring my book. I only had one copy, but I should just bring it anyway. She also told me that one of the moderators was from Haiti, and that I should come. I didn’t know if I would make it, but I got ready.
As I left my office, I missed the bus that would take me to the train station. I didn’t want to run after it because I was still recovering from the night before. The next bus wouldn’t arrive in another 30 minutes. So, I walked to the train station in the cold.
As usual, there were some train delays, I finally arrived at the meeting – 10 minutes before it was over. I spotted Claudine seated at the front in the second row. Councilman Robert E Cornegy, Jr. was discussing his role in assisting small businesses in the community by offering resources and pertinent information.
When Councilman Cornegy ended his presentation, Claudine turned to me and said, “Do you have a question to ask him? Well, let’s go and ask him. We also need to tell him about your book. Come on, let’s go!”
Someone (who I later learned was Damarys Y. Butler, President of Hispanic-American International Chamber of Commerce) turned to me, and asked if Claudine was my manager. “No,” I replied. “I’m her writer.” Ms. Butler said, “Well, you have a good manager.” Rather, I’d like to say that Claudine is a great mentor – a supporter who believes in my gifts.
Claudine asked me, “Where’s your book? Take it out of your bag. You need to show people your book!” She was persistent and bold. I guess that’s why she’s successful. In life, you must go after what you want. Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door!
So, the both of us approached Councilman Cornegy, and he was patient to listen to what I had to say. I told him about my book, “How to Stay Motivated: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Living.” I also told him that I was of Haitian descent. He asked if I had his card, and told me that I should send him an email so that he could put me in touch with his Haitian colleagues to collaborate on a project where I can discuss my book. Claudine and I took a picture with him.
Then, I felt a tap on my shoulder. “I heard you are a Haitian,” a man asked me. I later found out that his name was Smith Georges, the President of Haitian-American International Chamber of Commerce. “I want to interview you on my radio show today,” he said. “Are you available?”
I was honored, and I immediately said yes. He also mentioned that he would give me the opportunity to present my book at a conference at the Chamber of Commerce. “A conference with just only you,” he said. Then, Demarys, who I mentioned previously, approached me, and said, “I’d like to also feature you on my show. Can you come tomorrow? The show will reach out to the Spanish community.”
“Is this really happening?” I thought to myself. A few days ago, I was wondering how do I get on a radio show to talk about my book, “How to Stay Motivated,” because I knew many people would benefit from it. I wrote the book for those who needed the encouragement to live their life with purpose, clarity, and vision again after facing personal situations and circumstances. I was stuck, but, actually, I was facing doubt. I wondered if I had something of value to offer the world. Then, I realized it wasn’t about me. I was on a mission.
The previous night, I came across a post on my Facebook feed by a colleague named Jamicka Edwards, an author and motivational speaker. She wrote, “We ALL have purpose and we can all support each other, learn from each other, and grow together. I’m on a mission. BIG THINGS are happening only by my Faith and Trust in God, and He will forever get the glory in my life!”
I loved the fact that Jamicka always gave all the glory to God whenever she lands a speaking engagement. I had thanked her for the reminder, and I promised myself that I will do the same in my future endeavors and whenever I have the opportunity to give the reason for the hope I have.
I did my first radio show ever today. As I sat, waiting to be interviewed, I thank God for such an awesome opportunity manifested in such a thrilling and exciting way! During the interview, I was asked, “What does faith mean to me?” I said, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith, to me, is stepping into the unknown, but being absolutely certain that someone is guiding you and will take you to the other side. That someone is God. It’s because of my faith in God, through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that I came out of life’s trials and tribulations, and although scarred and bruised, I now live life with purpose again.
What a morning! It all happened before 11am, and so very quickly. God can do in one minute what we try to do in one year. Yes, God so graciously honored my faith, and opened many doors in just one day – one radio interview, another radio interview scheduled for tomorrow, an upcoming conference about my book, and a project with the colleagues of a Councilman. I am reminded of Ephesians 3:20: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”