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Phone: 347.465.4045
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KUKI NDIHO RWANDA
ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT
1186 FULTON STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11216 USA

In Rwanda:
KUKI NDIHO RWANDA
Paroisse Ste FAMILLE
PO. BOX 442 KIGALI, RWANDA

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SNEAKER DRIVE

Kuki Ndiho partners with community organizations, schools of all levels, religious and cultural institutions to gather, collect and ship much-needed clothing items to its orphans in Rwanda. Please write us if interested in learning more at info@kukindiho.org Please include photos of yourself or your family to include with the individual clothing items so that we can thank you on our web site and so those to who receive the items will also know. snd

Annual Sneaker Drive

Seventh and eighth grader at the Christian Formation Student at St. Vincent Martyr Catholic Church in MADISON, NEW JERSEY are holding a sneaker drive for Rwandan Orphans through the holiday season. They will be collecting new or gently used sneakers in all sizes now. Please contact teacher Henry Page at EMAIL HERE

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Healing Rwandan Orphans Together

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Marie Claudine Mukamabano
12 December 2013 Tel: 347 465 4045
claudinepeace@gmail.com
www.whydoiexist.org
Or El Salvador Mission to the United Nations

THE KUKI NDIHO FOUNDATION AND THE PERMANENT MISSION OF EL SALVADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS PRESENT “MY HISTORY IS YOUR HISTORY”

New York, New York – Come and join Marie Claudine Mukamabano and H.E Carlos Enrique Garcia Gonzalez, Ambassador Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations as they speak at the event “My History is your History,” which will take place on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 from 6:30pm until 8:30pm at the Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations (46 Park Avenue between 36 & 37 street, New York, New York). There will also be a presentation of Video Clips from the UN’s International Day for Peace in Kigali, Africa at Muhima Primary School by RWANDAN GENOCIDE ORPHANS SURVIVORS ” EDUCATION FOR PEACE”

H.E Carlos Enrique García González was elected Chair of the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization)

H.E Carlos Enrique García Gonzále
on 1 October and has been the Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations since March 2013. Prior to that, he held various responsibilities at the Mission for economic, financial, social, peace and security, peace building, humanitarian, environmental and human rights issues.
Before his posting to New York, Mr. Garcia was Director of Multilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in San Salvador, in 1996, and Chief of Caribbean Affairs from 1991 to 1995.
He holds a special degree in international relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Madrid and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of El Salvador.
Born in San Salvador on 22 August 1966, he is married and has a daughter.
Marie Claudine Mukamabano, an orphan-survivor of the Rwandan genocide, is the Founder, Chair-girl and CEO of

Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO
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 her 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?-Pour quoi 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 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.

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 Soroptimist International and 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 graduated recently from the International Trauma Studies, a program directed by Dr. Jack Saul, Professor at Columbia University

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My Dear Family at International Trauma Studies

 Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share with you my personal Rwandan genocide experience. You also got the sense of the consequences the traumatic moments had for the Orphan genocide survivors in Rwanda today.

 You can’t imagine how the Friday’s performance, is an event I will never forget in my life.

It has helped heal me and it’s helped me understand the real life of my people in Rwandan. And I’m sure all of you in my class/ performance group family now get a sense of the everyday life situation of the survivor orphans in Rwanda. I can’t thank you enough for releasing a little bit my heart, which is full of pain.

 Every day I struggle in trying to figure out how I can be more useful to my people, especially the orphans, who feel so lonely because they don’t have anybody to take care of them. I feel their pain, because I was one of them so therefore I cannot rest.

 I’m so pleased to have you in my life. God bless you

 I humbly thank God for having meet all of you; you prayed an important role in my entire life

 Dear Megan and your performance team, thank you so much for your inspiration exercises which encouraged me to speak out

 Dr. Jack Saul, Thank you so much for having me in your class

Sweet dear Ariane, Thank you so much for informing me about this wonderful class and  following up with me until you made sure that I applied to the program, God bless you

 Yours in Peace & LOVE

 Marie Claudine Mukamabano

Rwanda Genocide Survivor orphan & Ambassador for Peace

Human Rights Advocate & Founder of KUKI NDIHO/WHY DO I EXIST

 RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT & Dance for Peace

1186 Fulton Street

Brookyln,NY 11216

New York ,USA

www.whydoiexist.org

347 465 4045

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Dear Marie Claudine:

Thank you so much for sharing your rich   (although painful)  experiences with us about your life, the impact of the genocide  in Rwanda and the critical work you are doing. I am glad the performance class was healing to you. I learned a great deal and realize the experience of genocide and living through ongoing brutal fear and repression is so different from life here in the United States and so hard for me and others to truly embody__ It is hard to imagine and feel. However, I have experienced grave  feelings of despair and hopelessness. Your strength and commitment to help the orphans in your country inspires me and has helped me feel more resilient in  my own life and the pursuit of my own dreams. I like the name of your organization–Why Do I Exist. In times of despair, we often feel we have no purpose for existing and being here.  ( Part of the dilemma of To Be Or Not To Be) However, we are all special human beings who were put here  for a unique purpose. Although I am not religious–someone once said “God did not make junk” and we need to  love ourselves and live our dreams for ourselves and the betterment of the world as God wants and intends for us.

 So, meeting you and others in our class has also helped me  to heal and feel somewhat more resilient.. I am grateful to have met you  and all the other wonderful, courageous and caring people in the International Trauma Studies Program. Every day is a   new opportunity for personal and political healing and transformation. Together all of our efforts will create a better, more just and humane  society in Rwanda, the United States and the world –where all the orphans in the world and other people can fulfill their dreams.

What an honor to have met you.

 Love, Maureen

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Dear Marie Claudine

 Thank you so much for sharing your story.  You’re brave and inspiring and I hope we get to do art together in the future.  I’m glad that you found this workshop helpful.  I look forward to speaking with you more about it.

 Peace and love,

Megan

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Marie Claudine,

What a blessing to have met you. My deepest thank you.

Carlos Caldart

Director of Outreach

Stella Adler Studio of Acting

31 W 27th St, 3rd Floor

New York, NY  10001

212-689-0087 ext. 17

carlos@stellaadler.com

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In 2009, I founded the Parade of One project, with my objective being to engage post-conflict societies with street performance. My first destination was Rwanda, where there was genocide in 1994. When I decided to embark on this mission, I didn’t know anyone from Rwanda, but

as I was planning my trip, I met Claudine. She assured me that I would be well-received in Rwanda, and put me in touch with her Kuki Ndiho partners over there. She even came to visit me as I was making final preparations to depart!

In Rwanda, Kuki Ndiho connected me to the Muhima Primary School and the Gisimba orphanage.

Performing for the children at those two places was very memorable.

The great majority of them had never seen a saxophone before, and it was funny watching the students at Muhima applaud when I played the chromatic scale.

 Later they sang along as I played the Bob Marley song One Love.

At the Gisimba Orphanage, where dozens of parentless children live in minimal living conditions, it was like a breathe of fresh air to watch the kids dance as I played.

 They also performed for me, singing Rwandan versions of If You’re Happy and You Know It and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

I know it is only a matter of time before I return and perform for the kids again!


Jeremy Danneman
Saxophonist, Clarinetist, and Composer
Founder and President of Parade of One, Inc.
www.paradeofone.org

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LETTRE TO JEREMY

Dear Jeremy,
On behalf of KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT
I welcome YOU to my Loverly Country RWANDA .

And every body there will love your kindness and music ,
it’s true we can USER OUR ARTS AND TALENTS FOR PEACE
and UNITY.

Was so nice to do intervieuw with you this afternoon before
you go to the Airport. I wish you a Safer Trip
God bless you
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Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO

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