One of the most heart wrenching story I heard from the Trauma Graduate Orphans was from a young lady whose right arm was chopped off by her Killer/Interahamwe during the genocide in Rwanda.
She told me that since 1994, she never receive the opportunity to do any exercise because in school all her professors use to tell her that she can’t do exercise with one arm, therefore she should just seat down and wait until when other students finish to do exercise. I can only imagine her pain during that time and feeling so isolated in society, and was discriminated by her own people for almost 20 years.
She sent me a very emotional thank you message and she said:”Dear Marie Claudine,
Thank you very much for choosing me to be one of the orphans who took the Trauma Training Course. I learned a lot. Most of all, I learned that I can do exercise despite the loss of one of my arm. Suzanne ( the Trainer) showed me care , she showed me how I can do exercise with only one army. I’m so happy now because I can do exercise on my own with one arm. I have started to teach other genocide orphans survivors especial these with disability how to care for themselves.I’m ready to help out the traumatized orphans who most of the time they bring to our local government to get help. . Yes , I will not be able to carry them because I have one arm but at least I will sit down with them, comfort them and share with them some skills and techniques I learned from Trauma Training. One more time, Thank you. ”
11 Rwandan Orphans who Graduated in Trauma Training & Stress Reduction in Kigali Rwanda ata Muhima Primary School
Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO
Author of THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA : Be Yourself & Change Somebody’s Life Today!
A Peacemaker – Rwandan Genocide Orphan Survivor
Founder & CEO of WHY DO I EXIST?/ KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT
1186 Fulton Street
Tel: 347 465 4045
THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING YESTERDAY TO SUPPORT OUR INITIATIVE ! THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA !!!!!!
Good Job !!! To Our wonderful Hostess Miss Dede Omon , My wonderful and Powerful Team, Miss Marwa Janini and the 1 Runner Up of Miss Burkina Faso Miss Dabre Rose Miriam Rose., Zal Yey as well as H.E Ambassador Isaie C. and Mr. Owomugisha Nicholas with Chrystal Smith and Mr. Lion Mahesh Chitnis
The TEAM/ Staff of WHY DO I EXIST/KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT and Kukindiho Foundation Team Rwanda
Congratulations to our Honoree, ‘”MY HERO”
Hadja F. Sheriff, Miss Oumou H. Cherif, Mr. Rav Carlotti , Miss Suzanne Feldman- Levy and my my Sweetheart Gouta Mumcy Mpelege
Job Well done to our wonderful JD.
Job well Done to” My HERO“ Solwazi Afi Olusola, I can’t wait to see your beautiful pictures.
SweetHeart Estella Amara, Congratulations, Job well done.
The Founder of Mr. Africa Bertini Heumegni Wandja, Thank you very much for coming out.Mr. Edem Kwashie Thank you very much for your help and Supporter,
My Dear Brother Sduduzo Ka-Mbili ,Super Zulu Thank you very much for coming,My Sweetheart South- African Sister Yoliswa Cele Luthuli Thank you very much for your always Support and help. God Bless you 7 You are an amazing Young Lady.
The Winner of MISS Africa Tri-State 2014 Nasiphi Laila Sobahle , Thank you very much for coming, Miss Guinee USA Thank you very much for coming, Mr. Noble Hiram S. Eimperialb Thank you very much for coming, Miss Fatima Diallo The President of Miss Guinea ,Thank you very much for coming,
My Dear Susana Bastarrica a True Peace builder, Thank you very much for coming with your team, Thank you!
My Dear MAMA MOJA, Thank you very much for everything.
MORE ABOUT OUR HONOREES
Please help me to Congratulate One of Our Honoree ” MY HERO “ Miss Gouta Mumcy Mpelege We Honored her
From Left to Right , Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO (the initiator),Miss Sira (The Winner of Miss Guinea 2014) and Our Honoree Miss GOUTA from Bostwana
Courage, Passion and Wisdom tomorrow Friday, August 8 at United Nations’s Church Center during Our Press Conference from 5:30 pm until 8:00pm on HOW TO FUNDRAISER TROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA , INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
More About My Dear Gouta: Gouta Mumcy Mpelege is a young woman From the beautiful country of Botswana,she is an educator,mentor and an Artist she is passionate about fashion too.She taught in her country for 6 years before coming to America where she is now pursuing her love for performing arts with emphasis on singing and dancing.She is the founder of the newly formed dance company called RHYTHMS OF KALAHARI which shares the culture of Botswana through the beautiful Botswana dance,and it aims at bringing hope to people especially the youth to help them to use their talents to be creative,entrepreneurial and change the World through movement,one step at a time.
Her passion for humanitarian deeds landed her on the grounds of KUKI NDIHO / WHY DO I EXIST? Charity Foundation where lives of the unprivileged are being changed and empowered.She is now a board member of WHY DO I EXIST/KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT and it was through ACT OF KINDNESS that this DIVINE CONNECTION WAS ESTABLISHED.
Congratulations to Miss Suzanne Levy ,our Honoree ” MY HERO”
More about : Suzanne Levy SEP LMT, RYT
From Left to Right, Miss Nasiphi Laila Sobahle,The Winner of Miss Africa Tri- State 2014, with Our HONOREE Miss Suzanne Feldman- Levy and Miss Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO, The Initiator
is a Somatic Therapist and Trauma Resolution Facilitator
. She weaves Somatic Experiencing©, movement education, yoga therapy, body work, and mindfulness practices into her sessions to help her clients awaken and cultivate the natural healing process within. This comprehensive way of exploring conscious movement helps people understand the intimate connection and relationship between thought, movement and breath to support autonomic regulation. Suzanne is the founder of an emerging non-profit called Paths of Peace offering somatic trauma healing and personal transformation practices which in turn supports conscious social change. Over the past 4 years Suzanne has conducted stress reduction and trauma resiliency workshops in post genocide Rwanda. She recently began working with teachers and mental health workers in the slum settlement of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. Her workshops are culturally sensitive and tailored for individual and community needs.. Participants learn skills to support nervous system regulation. This in turn helps catalyze the healing of the larger communities as well as those who suffer from inter generational trauma.
Rwandan Orphans, Genocide Survivors Graduated from Suzanne's Trauma Training in Kigali
Please help me to Congratulate our HONOREE :” MY HERO” Mr.Rav Carlotti
Rav Carlotti has spanned the globe, documenting cultures and searching for a common thread that unites
them. His work has taken him to over 80 locations. He currently resides in New York. He graduated magna cum laude from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Photography, and minors in art history and international politics.
PLEASE Help me to Congratulate Miss Hadja F. Sheriff ONE of ‘ MY HERO ” We Honored her hard working
From Left to Right , Miss Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO, Author of THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA : Be Yourself & Change Somebody's Life Today! with our HONOREE Miss HADJA F. Sheriff and Miss Debra Rose The 1st DAUPHIN OF Miss Burkina
during our Press Conference on Friday, August 8, 2014 at The UN Church Center
About Miss HADJA:
When West African (Liberian) native Fatu Sheriff lost the ability to hear all but a few sounds after becoming very ill as a young girl, her whole world turned upside down.
Following her birth and the start of the First Liberian Civil War in 1989, Fatu Sheriff and her family escaped and sought refuge in a neighboring country. Her childhood was spent in Guinea, which Sheriff said is a beautiful country with good people and rich cultures. But at age 7, she contracted malaria, a mosquito-borne disease, which resulted in permanent and nearly complete hearing loss. Due to the lack of resources and help she never had the opportunity to attend school because she is deaf. The society and those outside of her family treated her as if she could not think, reason, or develop relationships with others.
“Becoming deaf was the biggest crisis I had to ever experience in my life,” said Sheriff. “I was so miserable.”
From Left to Right , Miss Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO, Transformation Author, Miss Hadja F. SHERIFF our HONOREE and Miss Rose Debra the 1st Runner up of Miss Burkina
Realizing the life their child faced if she stayed in Guinea, Fatu Sheriff’s parents worked hard and managed to move her to the USA in 2001 for equal access to education and a better future. Fatu’s first experience in a formal education system was at the West Haven Magnet School as a sixth grade student where she learned that she needed an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter to provide her with access to communication in a visual mode. The following academic year she transferred to East Rock Global Magnet School in New Haven in order to have access to an interpreter and a teacher who was hard of hearing.
As Fatu transitioned out of middle school, she knew that she wanted to learn more about the deaf community, so she went to the American School for the Deaf (ASD) in West Hartford Connecticut to pursue her high school career. While at ASD, Fatu became highly involved in the deaf community. She reports begin able to “freely play my favorite sports – soccer, cheerleading, and track and field. Being involved in sports allowed me to travel with my teams to compete in games and tournaments throughout the U.S. which allowed me to meet many other deaf people—people just like me.” This provided Fatu with a way to interact with and learn about the deaf community and deaf culture.
Fatu was afforded many opportunities after joining ASD. She was the captain of her track team and was chosen to represent ASD in the 2006 Mr and Miss Teen Pageant. These opportunities helped Fatu recognize the importance of access to a quality education, the necessity of learning an accessible language, and the importance of a supportive community.
Fatu knew that she wanted to continue to learn even after high school, so she attended Gateway Community College and earned an Associate’s degree in liberal arts and sciences in May 2011. Now that Fatu has success received a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree from Southern Connecticut State University 2014. She wants to follow in her parents’ footsteps serving others especially those with disability.
While Fatu did not have the opportunity to attend school in Guinea due to her deafness, she found a way to overcome barriers that prohibited her from attending school. Now Fatu is determined to support others who have limited access to education due to a perceived “dis”-ability. Because Fatu believes that education is the most important human right in the universal. Nobody should ever be prevent from their right to an education no matter their disability.
“Deafness has not stopped me
Trauma has not stopped me
Discrimination has not stopped me
Education has empowered me
Let’s empower others – together”
- Fatu Sherriff
Please meet our Honoree Miss OUMOUR H. CHERIFF ” MY HERO”
Our Honoree, Miss OUMOU H. Cherif
Originally from Kindia, Guinea, Oumou H. Cherif is a young African social entrepreneur with a degree in Legal studies from Quincy College, who migrated to the USA in early 2003 for a pursuit of quality education. Growing up, Oumou has always shown interest in helping others, especially children. She describes herself as “selfless and loving,” quality traits she inherited from her beloved mother. While in Guinea, Oumou witnessed helpless children roaming the streets barefoot with ripped clothes due to financial hardships. Such observations led her to make a vow to go above and beyond to help underprivileged children.
Her commitment is centered on providing quality education for these children. Throughout her stay in the United States, Oumou has dedicated her life to activism. In 2005, she joined the Student Immigrant Movement, an immigrant youth-led organization which strives to improve communities through relational building and leadership development. In addition, Oumou has worked with community based organizations that address education, social and economic challenges. Some of her involvement and voluntary work has been with the Brazilian Immigrant Center, Progressive Organization for the Women of Africa, Miss Guinea USA, and Foundation ACTND. In January 2012, Oumou founded Children Education Alliance, Inc (CEA), a Massachusetts based non- profit organization with a mission to eradicate barriers to learning, by providing access to education in Primary schools in rural Kindia, Guinea. CEA is involved in engaging with underprivileged areas in African countries with the hope of eradicating educational barriers. CEA also strives to assist disadvantaged and vulnerable African children in pursuit of higher education by providing financial support towards school supplies. Ever since, Oumou and her team members continue to manage small donations of school supplies and other necessary support measures used to help Guinean kids further their education with plans to start scholarship/sponsorship opportunities, completing a team of teachers and even renovating school buildings as well. Oumou believes education is the scheme to eradicate poverty, and the means to brighten the future of disadvantaged and vulnerable children of Africa. In her own words, Oumou says “I want nothing more than success ” says Oumou, and here she explains her definition of success: “…to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To even know that one’s life has breathed easier because I have lived to pay my support.” This is to have succeeded in my dreams.’ Hence, I’ve made a vow to dedicate my time, effort and entire life towards providing higher education for the neediest of all African children across the globe.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marie Claudine Mukamabano
Seminar Press Conference on Fundraising to be Held by Rwandan Genocide Survivor
On Friday, August 8, 2014, Marie Claudine Mukamabano, an Orphan Survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, will hold a Seminar Press Conference entitled, “Fundraising Through Social Media, Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship” at
the Church Center of the United Nations (777 1st Avenue Avenue, East 44th Street) in New York City,
Time: from 5:30PM until 8:30PM.
At the press conference,
Claudine will announce the release of her book, “The Power of Social Media: Be Yourself & Change Somebody’s Life Today.
” Her audiobook is 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 , but be empowered to effectively use social media.
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, 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. (For more information or to provide any donation to support this humanitarian effortt, please visit whydoiexist.org.) For Sponsorship , Collaborations or Partnership please call 347 465 4045
Please meet our the Chair of our Seminar:
H.E Dr. Mamadou Tangara, Ambassador of Gambia to the United Nations
HE. Mr. Tangara held various positions within the Government of the Gambia from 2010 to 2013, serving as Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, as well as Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad.
He also briefly served as Minister for Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters. Previously, he served as Coordinator of the National Authorizing Office Support Unit for European Union-funded programmes and projects in the Gambia, a position he held from 2008 to 2010.
In 2009, Mr. Tangara was appointed by the President of the Gambia as focal point on matters related to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Science Sector.
From 2002, Mr. Tangara held various positions at the University of the Gambia, first as Lecturer, then as President and Chairman of the University Governing Council, a position which he still holds.
Early in his career, he was Editor-in-Chief of La Lune, a magazine for French learners published in French. Mr. Tangara holds a Doctor of Philosophy in social sciences from the Université de Limoges in France and two master’s degrees from the same university and the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Born in Banjul in 1965, Mr. Tangara is married and has children.
Special – Guest & Speakers ;
H.E ISAIAH Z. CHABALA ,He is the former Ambassador of Zambia to the United Nations and International Organizations in New York.
Isaiah Zimba Chabala is the Founder and President of Visionary Consulting Associates, an international development consulting group that provides planning and resource development services for international organizations, national governments and development agencies.
The consulting group specializes in international relations, human rights, finance and development, sustainable development, community-based and grassroots development, poverty alleviation, gender equality, empowerment of women and girls, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
A career foreign service officer and senior government official for many years, Ambassador
Chabala served as Under-Secretary for Budget and Economic Affairs and Director of Economic
and Technical Cooperation, among other senior government appointments. He is the former
Ambassador of Zambia to the United Nations and International Organizations in New York and Geneva, the European Union and, concurrently, to Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
He is Strategic Partner with Pickering & Associates and InternetSpeech, and Senior Advisory with
DaMina Advisors, LLP. He serves on the boards of non-governmental organizations in special consultative status with the United Nations, including the Global Alliance for Women’s Health and Innovation: Africa. He also serves as international consultant with Starkey Hearing Foundation, the largest provider of free hearing aids to poor children and adults in the world.
He is the Founder/President of Visionary Empowerment, Inc, a nonprofit corporation that has established a women empowerment organization in Zambia, providing sustainable business skills and life-skills training for women and girls, including HIV/AIDS orphans and widows, particularly in rural and under-served communities. He is also the Trustee of The Hidden Voice Center for children with disabilities in Zambia.
Ambassador Chabala is a graduate of the University of Zambia (Economics and French); St. Peter’s College, Oxford University (Foreign Service); University of Bath (Fiscal Studies); and holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs in New York City. He is widowed with two adult children and resides in Manhattan, New York City.
Mr. Mike Murphy is a licensed clinical social worker,addictions specialist and founder of the Center For Compassionate Communication in Nyack, NY
He is the Alternatives to Violence Project outside coordinator for Otisville and Eastern Correctional facilities in NY. His mission is to Build Beloved Community through training Peace Ambassadors in conflict transformation, trauma recovery and restorative practices. For years, Mike has creatively integrated the communication skills of Nonviolent Communication with the Trans formative Power
of the Alternatives to Violence Project. He has recently offered workshops in Kenya which wereenthusiastically received and appreciated.
Please meet our Press Conference Hostess.
The Only ONE, Miss Dede Omon
Omon Okor has established herself as the radio personality and host of African Connection, Splash Radio, an
Her mission now is to assist the orphans still living on her continent of origin. She is known by many for her ability to seek goodness in others and to provide for others in need by sharing whatever she has
outreach, innovative program discussing, informing, and raising the awareness of its listeners regarding the global oppression of women and children.
Omon was born in the village of Uromi, Edo State, Nigeria. She draws on her own and very personal life experiences to reach out to her sisters and to engage her guests and listeners in meaningful commentary. Omon has interviewed candidates running for political office, program sponsors raising money for the education of women, and rising African artists. Educated in Nigeria only as a very young child, Omon learned to read, write, and speak English on her own, using materials given to her by a priest. Omon’s survival can only be attributed to her deep religious faith and an incredible strength to rebound from utter despair.