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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 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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 We are very thankful & Grateful to Our Creator, Almighty God's opportunity   
Meet Our Co-Founder ;
 Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO below and Our team below

” 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.




Marie Claudine, Hon. JOSEPH MAKHANDAL CHAMPAGNE, JR.& Why Do I Exist?'s PR ABIDE , Hosted UN's International Day for Peace at Columbia University, in NY City, September 2011

Joseph Makhandal Champagne is Mayor of the Borough of South Toms River, New Jersey.  He was elected on November 2, 2010.  On November 2, 2008, Mayor Champagne won the Council seat in a landslide. Mayor Champagne is committed and passionate about serving his constituency and community.  He is married with two beautiful daughters.

Mayor Champagne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration on pre-medicine from Columbia University (where he received a full academic scholarship).  Upon graduation, Mr. Champagne returned to Brooklyn to teach Environmental and Earth Science along with Mathematics at his former High School.   A year later, he attended Georgetown University, Law Center’s Charles Hamilton Houston Pre-law Institute program, where he won the Best Respondent Advocate award of class of 1999. Mayor Champagne earned his Juris Doctor degree from Vermont Law School (VLS). While at VLS, asides from being on Deans’ List, he founded The Vermont Law Student Leadership Collective for Human Rights, a campus wide student group that identifies and promotes leadership talents. As an exchange student, Mayor Champagne also studied European Union Law in Italy at the University of Trenton, School of Law.

Honarable Joseph Makhandal Champagne Jr., The Mayor of the Borough of South Toms River

Upon graduation, Mayor Champagne served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Wendell E. Daniels, J.S.C., of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Ocean County.  Mayor Champagne practices in New Jersey and focuses primarily on immigration, estate planning, criminal and civil litigations.  Mr. Champagne is a member of the Ocean County Bar Association and New Jersey Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the New Jersey Supreme Court, the United States District Court, the Third and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States of America.

He serves on several advisory committees including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Law Day, and Monmouth County Judiciary Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns.  He is a board member of Ocean Community Economic Action Now, (O.C.E.A.N., Inc.), a community agency that provides comprehensive services to improve the quality of life of individuals and assist them in moving toward self-sufficiency. Mayor Champagne is the General Counsel of The Global Syndicate.  He is a member of Haitian-American Leadership Council. Mayor Champagne is the Chairman of the National Haitian-American Elected Officials Network (as known as NHAEON).  In the past, while residing in Washington, D.C., he served as an assistant to the Public Policy Counsel and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.


Strong supporter of Kuki Ndiho Foundation, Mr. Veda Kagabo, a Rwandan national is himself a genocide survivor. He has traveled the world extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas. During those travels he studied different values and traditions. He speaks Kinyarwanda, Mashi, Swahili, Nyanja, English, Tagalog, and French.
Mr. Kagabo served as Vice President for education at the International Leadership Training Center (ILTC) in New Jersey for 3 years from 2006 to 2009
He is currently the CEO of Extra Mile Shuttle, inc., the transportation of choice for schools, hospitals and corporate offices in Newark, NJ.

Marie Claudine ,Patience Noah(Miss Liberia), Mbabazi Justine (Rwanda Deputy Ambassador from DC), Mr Veda Kagabo& Oumou Cherif ( Miss Guinea ), cutting a Rwanda Peace 2012 cake at Newark City Hall in NJ , during the First ever Rwanda Flag Raising Ceremony in AMERICA to Honor UN's International Day for Peace as a symbol of Healing, Peace, Resilience, Hope and Forgiveness as well as supporting Rwandan orphans on Thursday,October 25,2012

OUR PEACE -BUILDER- Board Director

Mr. Karuranga is currently working as a consultant with Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace, IRDP Kigali (Rwanda).

Karuranga Jean Leonard, Our Peace Builder

He produced films promoting

Human Rights, Unity

and Reconciliation,

Justice and

Gender Promotion in Rwanda, DR Congo, Burundi and Ivory Cost.

His documentary films were screened in Schools, Refugee camps in

Eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo, in prisons,

in churches, in the market places in order to inform people on what happening in different areas as mentionned earlier.

Mr. Karuranga

has a large experience working with the UN and international media organizations.


I. Izumi Yamashita


I was born and gown in Fuji city which is located in Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan. I have sent most of my time with children as a swim and English instructor. My time with children made me concern about child happiness with their families. So, I decided to study and was educated in the United States in my 30s.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and child development & family life at Indiana State University, and a master’s degree in community services, Family and Child Ecology at Michigan State University. I worked as a family life educator after  having come back to Japan and then, I worked as a Fuji city councilor from 2007 to 2011. I try to get a seat again in political arena.

I am now doing social activities as a member of Japanese Association of University Women, Japan home economics association, and a local community. Building wonderful child and family support systems in Japan is to my job and hope! I live in Fuji city with my parents and a cat. Peace!!

II. Solwazi Afi Olusola is an educator and proud father of two sons, who has discovered

Our Hero

that photography is his artistic passion. Inspired to capture and preserve the moment or the candid image, Solwazi has taken his love for photography to a level where he is on call to serve his African Global Community on a daily basis.

Solwazi expanded his simple curiosity for photography while in Ghana, West Africa in 2007. It was then “capturing ancestral beauty” came alive and a dedicated photographer was born. Family moments, African-inspired festivals, individual portraits, vivid land and seascapes, and the rest of nature’s gorgeous canvas are all embraced by Solwazi’s lens.

His creative work speaks for itself. His reputation is spreading before him; people from all walks of life take note of his impressive attention to unique detail and poignant pose.

Love of life, ancestral beauty in all its forms, and Black People across the globe keeps his lens focused.

III. Ms Paule-Sylvie Yonke is the founder and Executive Director of Balafon


Communications, an email marketing and advertising company created in 1999. Its mission is to re-brand the image of Africa, illuminate the achievements of pan-African people, publicize news, businesses, personalities, and events, that are shaping the landscape, develop audiences, promote information about various African organizations and increase their recognition world-wide.

She was born in Yaounde, Cameroon, and has 2 sisters and 2 brothers. She is a bit of a United Nations’ brat as her Dad was a high-ranking Diplomat and a UN Representative for the FAO, UNSO, and UNDP, and she grew up in different countries, mainly in Africa.

She obtained her Baccalaureat from the Lycee Francais of New York,

a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University (NYU)  in Biology and Languages (French and Spanish) as a Premed, and attended Ross University School of Medicine in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Her Bamileke first name, Njamen, means “leader of the children”, and she has indeed always been active in her community.

She co-founded the African Students Association at New York University, she was President of AMSA (American Students Association), she co-founded and managed Les Gazelles Africaines, one of the first groups of popular African dance in the US, was a founding organizing committee member of the African Day Parade in New York, and she created the NY Cameroonian Traditional Dancers group.

She was also a founding member of the Amadou Diallo Coalition, and participated in many rallies and movements for women’s rights, immigrants rights, and to stop the post 911 wars, discrimination, and police brutality. She created The Whole world for Obama to support then Senator Barack Obama’s candidacy, and Five dollars for Change, to send money every month to various causes in Cameroon and other places.

Ms Yonke is a staunch feminist and womanist who is passionate about issues of healthcare and education, human and women’s rights, dialogue, equality, development, freedom, democracy, good governance, and alternance.

IV. Patience Edremoda


Patience Edremoda grew up travelling all over the world, with both her parents, late Ambassador Johnson Edremoda and Mrs. Beatrice Edremoda and her two sisters.
She started her career at a very young age, as an activist, and a journalist working in both the print and electronic media houses in Nigeria and London, England.
A former woman editor of Nigeria’s one time leading newspaper, the DAILY TIMES. Patience matched this full time position with the role of hosting a popular television show, which was targeted at women and women’s issues.
As a journalist she had the opportunity to volunteer and consult on several government and non-government information agencies in West Africa, they include UNICEF.
Her journalism career opened up the doors for her to work at the then USIS (United States Information Service. Currently known as USCIS) as a contact person for Americans coming into Nigeria.
Patience is currently a training consultant, and the founder of Vision International 1, a non-profit community outreach organization, a project she started while in College, but got incorporated in 2011, Vision International 1 is dedicated to and gives voice to issues affecting the family, women, children, and the community.
Her goal and that of Vision International 1 is to educate, empower; train, develop and build future leaders. She believes in creating awareness and using all available mediums to inform people.

V. FOFANA Business man



I am originally from Burkina Faso; I came to the United States in 2008 as an International Student. I am currently in my junior year and I am majoring in Public Affairs with a minor in Political Science. Here at Baruch, I am involve with the Undergraduate Student Government and various clubs on campus including the Undergraduate Public Affairs Club where I am the Secretary.Prior going to Baruch, I was studying at Medgar Evers College where I was the president of the African Heritage Club. Some of my hobbies include reading and walking. I am passionate about helping people and i am driven to make a difference wherever I am.


World Artists, Lisa Marie.

Performing: Ave Maria by Franz Schubert, In Italian.

He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.

Classical Soprano, from humble beginnings African American Woman.

Has performed for World Events many Perminent Missions to The United Nations. Around the world.

Embassy Republique De Cote’ dIvoire’ Washington, D . C .Opening of The new Chancery to Washington, D . C . Anthem of Abidjan, America, Nigeria, Liberia, etc.

Nigeria, Goverment, World Mission, Lawyers Association, U . N . Higher Education Waldorf – Astoria, NIAA, New York, Liberia, Washington, D . C . MacDella Cooper Foundation New York. Planting Trees In Haiti Gala, Manhattan, New York. Overseas Concerts, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and ext.

Performs in several languages, Italian, German, French, Russian, Japanese, Yoruba, GA, Fante, Southern Dialect and English.

Twentyone World National Anthems. Lyricist and Composer songs for people without voices Orphans and Anthems for Peace.

To learn more about Lisa Marie and to view a full bio please visit her website.


Jules is currently an Administrator at Fidelity Claim Collection, where he has been based for five years. Before then he has worked at an array of leading worked at General Realty Capital, Auto Body Works and IBM.

Jules is working to help the world become a better planet by empowering people around him to lead productive and fulfilling lives. As such he is an Ambassador for Peace for the Universal Peace Federation and is Chair of Haitian American for Haiti (HAFHA), whose work he has been supporting since 2007. He has an MBA from Uppsala College and a graduate in Accounting from the School of Business.

He is involved in a number of churches, loves soccer and reading, and speaks French, English, Spanish and Creole.


Olivier Nkengurutse,
Born in Burundi, East Africa, He has a Certificate in Chinese Language from International College of Chinese Studies, Nanjing Normal University.

Been working with Humanitarian NGOs  in the last 5 years,

He’s passionate of  getting  more involved into the community-based programs and advocacy to improve the life of those underprivileged and especially the orphans.

He speaks English, French, Chinese, Kiswahili, Kirundi and Kinyarwanda.


Safia is currently a pharmacy intern at Sheefa Pharmacy in New Jersey and studying for a doctorate of pharmacy at Long Island University.

She is Secretary of the New Jersey American Pharmacists Association and

Vice-President of the Professional Pharmacy Fraternity,

and formerly served as Secretary of the National Islamic Association Youth Group, and Treasurer of the Muslim Student Association.

Safia has a long history of community service, in particular counseling patients at the Newark Community Health Fair as well as volunteering at a monthly soup kitchen.

She has a particular specialism in communications,

teamwork and systems knowledge.

She is now working at Why Do I Exisyt?- KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT as Outreach Coordinator & Marketing  Manager


Fatima (Fatou) is a junior with a double major in Political Science and

Economics and a minor in French/Middle East Studies.

Originally from Senegal, West Africa, Fatima immigrated to the U.S at the age of 11;


she is the President/Founder of

Drew  University Project Yaakaar,

a service learning club that works for the education and

empowerment of girls in rural Senegal.

Fatima’s philosophy and

motivation in life is to not only dream,

but to also take action and

transform those dreams into reality.


Yoliswa Cele,

Student in Political Science and International Law,

Yoliswa and her family emigrated from South Africa during the Apartheid era. Affectionate for her Zulu culture,

Yoliswa joined “South African Girls Abroad” a cultural dance group .

Raised by a single mother she was taught early in life about hard work and determination.

With her passion for humanitarian work and art,

her goal is to create an NGO focused on Art therapy for children affected by genocide, HIV/Aids and sexual or physical abuse throughout Africa.

Yoliswa was chosen as one of six young African panelists for MTVBase Meets finale series to discuss women empowerment


Emelyne Niyoyandemye is studying for a Diploma in Humanities at the Lycée de la Solidarité. She recently completed an internship with Renaissance Radio.  Emelyne is affiliated with the Church of Good Shepherd and the New World Light Association. She lives in Bjumbura in Burundi, and speaks Kirundi, French, English and Swahili.


Chris Ramos is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) candidate at Pace University, White Plains, New York, and is the President and Founder of the MPA Student Association. He is set to graduate in spring 2012.

Chris is a former finance manager, and has worked across an array of organisations including the Federal Eastern Corporation, Lien Tung Limited, Inc. and Soroptimist International. He has interned and volunteered in a variety of roles at organisations, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, National Federation of Nonprofits & Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Council and Action without Borders.

Chris also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from

the University of Hawaii-Manoa and an Associate Science Degree in Accounting from the Kapiolani Community College.

He has a background in professional dance.


Cindy Similien-Johnson

attended Barnard College of Columbia University and

received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing.

She is Principal Consultant of C.S. Johnson Consulting.

She also serves as a Volunteer for the Why Do I Exist?- Kuki Ndiho Rwanda Orphans Support Project.


My name is Abidé Legzim. I am Togolese, first in a family of nine. I have lived in New York for the past 12 years. I am proud to have now become a citizen of these United States that I have become my home. I finished two years of High School when I came to New York in 1999 at the Martin Luther King Jr. High School. I first went to the Borough of Manhattan Community College where I majored in Office Administration and graduated in December 2003. I then transferred to Hunter College where I started in January 2003 and double majored in Political Science and French. I graduated in June 2007 with a GPA of 3.6. I started New York University’s Master’s Program at the Graduate School of Arts and Science in Politics in August of 2007. I graduated from the two-year program in only one year with a 3.5 GPA.

Throughout my Hunter and NYU research studies I specialized in Sub-Saharan Africa’s Politics. I became an expert in Africa’s Great Lakes region and wrote numerous research papers on conflict in the area and the Rwandan (Tutsi) genocide. The topic of my Master’s Thesis was an analysis of the foreign interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s conflict from 1994 to 1996. I was particularly influenced in my studies by the Rwandan genocide and try to learn as much as I can about the Great Lakes Region of Africa’s present conflict that has been a direct result of the Rwandan Genocide. As they say, the only way to change a situation is to learn as much as you can and do something about it. My life philosophy is “don’t wait for life to happen to you, MAKE IT HAPPEN.

I am currently working as a Public Relations Assistant Volunteer at the KUKI NDIHO Foundation. The position allows me to apply my knowledge of Africa’s Great Lakes Region and Rwanda in particular to help the country’s orphans. I work closely with the Genocide Survivor, CEO, and President Ms. Marie Claudine Mukamabano with all aspects of the foundation from fundraising to performances. I have also held several administrative positions while going to school. Although they have allowed me to obtain substantial administrative experience, I am currently searching for a position that will allow me to apply my knowledge of Africa to change the life of Africans and help our continent have a better and brighter future.


”I thank the Kuki Ndiho Foundation for being proactive in bringing people’s attention to the needs of children in Rwanda. Our help is vital to providing them with the tools they need to succeed in the future”  Jennifer

After finishing her Job in Rwanda,Jennifer received a Certificate signed by Pacifique GASHIRABAKE ( Coordinator of KUKI NDIHO Foundation in Kigali , Rwanda)

This summer, I went to Kigali, Rwanda as an intern with the Kuki Ndiho Foundation. As a student at City College, I found out about the opportunity through the International Studies department there.

The Kuki Ndiho Foundation, founded by Marie Claudine Mukamabano, is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of underprivileged and orphaned children in Rwanda. During my stay in Rwanda, I worked closely with Kuki Ndiho’s coordinator in Kigali, Pacifique Gashirabake, who helped me plan my schedule, meet with people who would help me in my work, and of course carry out the work.

One of the three main locations I worked at while I was in Kigali is the Gisimba Memorial Center, which is an orphanage housing more than 150 children. At the Gisimba Center, the other Kuki Ndiho volunteers and I had the privilege of being able to distribute the sneakers that had been sent to Rwanda only weeks earlier as a result of the shoe drive that Marie Claudine held in New Jersey.

The children were ecstatic to receive those gifts! Not only did these sneakers provide them with a nice new pair of shoes,but it also gave them the idea that there are people who care about their well-being and happiness as far away as in the US.

I also had the pleasure of working with the students at Muhima Primary School who are sponsored by the Kuki Ndiho Foundation

I also rehearsed with the music group at the Sainte-Famille Church in the center of Kigali.I was very happy that I had the opportunity to perform with them and with the church choir for a ceremony to ordinate new priests. The exchange of musical ideas that I shared with the group was a special part of my experience in Rwanda.

” The time that I spent in Rwanda working for the Kuki Ndiho Foundation made me truly     appreciate    Rwandan culture   and the country’s people, who have shown such resilience in the face of the hardships resulting from the genocide of    1994. Rwanda’s people continue to build strength in Rwandan identity, shedding divisions over ethnic tensions .”Jennifer BELLISARIO


COURTNEY has her B.S. in International Trade & Marketing with a minor in Asian Studies from the Fashion  Institute of Technology in New York City.
Realizing the potential for the fashion industry to change the world,

Courtney has spent a majority of her professional and educational career helping to mobilize the fashion community to consider sustainable and fair-trade alternativeswhile raising awareness in the classrooms and on the streets of New York City.

While volunteering for various human rights organizations such as Bread for the World and Stop Child Trafficking Now,

Courtney felt a calling to be with the suffering.

She answered that calling by taking part in an internship in May of 2009 at a rehabilitation center for former child soldiers in Northern Uganda.

Returning to the U.S. three months later, Courtney was overwhelmed by the poverty she witnessed. Feeling compelled to help the people of Africa.


Prosper Maniraruta is currently working with Pivotech Rwanda as a Database Officer and Network Operator, as well as serving as Cyber Manager of Regal General Communication (REGECO). He started his career as a Data Entry Officer at Bushenge Hospital, Cyangugu.

Prosper studied at the Adventist University of Central Africa and is currently undertaking TOELL and SAT training with Bridge2Rwanda. He holds an Advanced Level Certificate from Jill Barham Secondary School (ESJB) in Cyangugu.

Prosper is from Nyamasheke District, Western Province, but now lives in Kigali. He is fluent in French, English and Kinyarwanda, and enjoys playing soccer.

Mike Smith RIVERA ‎(Our  Supporter & Videos editor)

Graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, the Institute of Canadian Clowning, Syracuse University, and retired professor of Mask and Gesture at the Strasberg Institute.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, he has acted, performed, and directed all over NYC, in Ea…stern Europe, and on every single train line end to end since 1997. Between acting, Between acting, voice-overs, improv, and music, he runs a production company with Missus Clown that specializes in all aspects of film and theater production. In addition to fulfilling his responsibilities as a performer, he teaches group and private classes in clown and physical theatre, and has been consulting internationally since 2002.

David (Marie Claudine’s  Editor & Supporter)

Director of Survivors Fund (SURF), a UK-based international organisation which represents and supports survivors of the Rwandan genocide to rebuild their lives in Rwanda and the UK. SURF is guided by a bottom-up approach to support the needs of survivors, as determined by survivors themselves. Programmes are delivered by local survivors’ organisations, ranging from healthcare to the Genocide  Survivor ,Programmes are delivered by local survivors’ organisations, ranging from healthcare to house-building, education to entrepreneurship.
David is an NYU Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, receiving an MPA from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University and an MA from Christ’s College, Cambridge

Our Consultant Fred NZASABIMANA

Rwandan origin now living in Durban, South Africa. He is a graduate of the Kigali Institute of Education, where he read Sciences with Education.
In 2008, he matriculated at the University of KwaZulu Natal and secured a Masters Degree in Gender and Development the following year. He has remained at the University, and this year commenced doctoral studies in Community Devellopment  Fred has undertaken research into the role of women entrepreneurship and poverty reduction in post-genocide Rwanda.
Fred speaks English, French and Kinyarwanda. He enjoys reading, music, movies and sport.

Professor Kisty DIXON, Health Advocate for The Children of Rwanda

Claudine MUNYAKAZI, Coordinator of Education and Social Services

Claudine MUGUNGA, Entrepreneurial Coordinator

Bertrad NIWEJAMBO, Media coordinator / Relationship

Theophile “Jimmy” Mapango (European Representative)

Musician, writer, actor, activist and lecturer from Gabon.Since 2009 he has served as the President and Director General of Transit SM Gabon, and previously served as the President of ONG Modoi, a development organisation based in the northeastern province of Ogooué-Ivindo in Gabon. Jimmy’s most recent publication is Gabon decrepitude: je rêve pour mon Afrique (The Decay of Gabo: I dream for my Africa), a series of essays on the history and future of Gabon. He is currently working on a new book, due out in January 2011…, titled Le Monde a Change (The World has Changed).Jimmy has a Diploma from the University of Omar Bongo Libreville. He is a fluent French speaker, and a motivated team player. His hobbies include music, writing and astronomy.

Titilayo KAZEEM

Spent a great deal of her childhood making up stories inside her head. Even when she couldn’t read or write as a young child the stories were doodled. As an adult, she writes her stories and poems down on paper. She was twice published for poetry by the National Book Foundation and St. Mary’s Press. Currently, she is working on a picture book series addressing common challenges   Also, she is pursuing a career in Children’s Entertainment Media, which is promising several new opportunities.
Always passionate about children and women she aligned herself with KUKI NDIHO Foundation: Helping Rwandans orphans Heal and Mothers to Mothers.

los, Creative Director, Film, Graphics, Web
Born in Buenos Aires and transplanted early to New York, los currently is working and studying art, cinema and architecture in Paris, France. Part visual artist, part musician, part filmmaker and all activist, los’ work brings together his loves of art and communication, graphic design, photography, videography, and music as well as web developing and information and communication technology. los also collaborates with many not-for-profit organizations around the world including educational, community-based, youth development, artistic and cultural as well as healthcare advocacy causes. He is currently directing two documentary films, one on rebuilding hurricane-ravaged communities in Jamaica and the other teaching young people about genocides and other
Words of Bonds Film
Reach Out Jamaica
Fulton Art Fair

carolyn Carolyn grew up in northern New Jersey, where she currently resides, however she works on film projects based in New York City.

She graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts with a BA in photography/video and cultural anthropology with a focus on immigration, violence, and social and economic inequalities.

She enjoys riding horses and listening to jazz. Carolyn met Claudine during the summer of 2009 while working on a documentary about a family being reunited after surviving the genocide in Congo.

Since they’ve met, Carolyn has been working with Claudine on her video projects that will raise awareness about finding and negotiating peace, the issues of genocide, and orphans in Rwanda.

Aaron Lackman, Director of Special Projects
Living and working in New York, Aaron helps facilitate Kuki Ndiho’s New York operations while working closely with its Founder and Director Marie Claudine Mukamabano. Aaron’s first involvement with Kuki Ndiho was in 2008, coordinating a sneaker drive in partnership with St. Vincent Martyr Catholic Church of Madison, New Jersey which collected over 1,200 pairs of sneakers for Orphans in Rwanda. Since he has assisted Kuki Ndiho make presentations to Universities, schools and other local organizations to help promote awareness of Kuki Ndiho’s ongoing work and mission as well as speaking engagements.

Alain MUHOZA, African Representative (RWANDA)

Christian Munyarigoga, European Representative (BELGIUM)

Michelle Joseph, Representative (USA)

Peter Nyabyenda, Representative (CANADA)

Bernard Mushi, International Representative (COLORADO)

L.D., Artist, Singer, Speaker (SENEGAL)Dominique, Dancer, Singer, Speaker (MAURITANIA)

TOMOKO , Singer from Japan &  Advocate for Rwandan Orphans