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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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EDUCATION for PEACE by Rwandan Genocide Orphans Survivor in Kigali, Rwanda

“EDUCATION FOR PEACE ” was the THEME for UN’s International Day for Peace . On September 20, in Kigali at Muhima Primary School, we started our Peace Celebration with Eucharistic Mass performed by the Priest and Deacons from Sainte FAMILLE/Holly Family Parish in Kigali.

I am so happy to share some of the beautiful pictures which was taken by Eric Muhire at the Celebration. Please enjoy! So, on the next day September 21 at Muhima Primary School from 10am to 1pm ( the actual International Day of Peace).We were privileged to  have a World known Rwandan Super Star Jean Paul Samputu,and Grace  among the Artists who sang  for our children, as well as Peace Poetry reading, Music and Dancing for Peace, Testimonies from Rwandan orphans, Students performing and our Keynotes Speaker François Xavier Nsabimana. God Bless All my supporters, Volunteers,Donors,and Financial contributors. Than you! HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY




Rwanda: a genocide survivor through “WHY DO I EXIST ? project saves more orphans by Gilbert Cyiza, Imburi Phare

Children and youth are considered as cornerstones of development in any post conflict state. In the case of Rwanda after 1994 genocide where over one millions people were killed, a number of organisations have been established to support genocide orphans. “WHY DO I EXIST ? / KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT ” is one of them.

Audace RODRUIGUEZ , 27 years old, was four when his family and neighbors were hunted down day and night and killed – 23 years ago.

Today, however, Audace does not shilly-shally in an exclusive interview with Imburi Phare when he advises and strongly urges Rwandans to unite and work hard to create a healthier and self-reliant capacity.


Imburi Phare, what is your consideration and aims in this period?

Audace Ndihokubwayo, as an orphans who stay alone the period like this, is too hard, life is not easy at all, and when you remember that you are alone without any parents you tend to get discouraged. But even in such hard and difficult moments, we stand strong and protect our right, with trust in God we must accept it because is our history; and in the tough circumstances we are living as orphans and believe that we still have a promising and brilliant future.

Tell us about Marie Claudine Mukamabano and her project?

Thank you, Mukamabano through her project, started providing me support in 2012. I knew her through social media (Facebook), then later I started to share with her about my orphanage experience that prevailed at that time, because I had discovered that her project “Why do I exist” was already sponsoring young orphans about healing and self-development. Mukamabano being a 1994 genocide survivor and orphan; she was able to understand my request very quickly and I was blessed to be taken in and supported by her “WHY DO I EXIST ? ” project.

According to you, what is the role and impact of WHY DO I EXIST ?

I have gained a lot support from the project; I remember in 2013 I participated a training organised and facilitated by the project under the theme “Trauma Healing”. It was helpful for me, I was able to learn how deal and manage Trauma in challenging and difficult moments. Furthermore, the project provided funds that catered for my education, healthcare, nutrition, etc.

Do you have any sustainable home projects that you are planning/set up for self-reliance?

It’s in human nature that every grown up has a challenge to attain self-reliance. I have projects in mind but the resources are still very limited but at the moment but I feel am highly motivated to able to achieve something special in my life. I will make a few project propositions to Mukamabano for sponsorship and once sponsored I believe I shall be fully empowered and self-reliant.

Could you tell us about that project?

“In order to take a step to being self-reliant, the first step is the realisation of human basic needs, it is upon us to seek opportunities in the different sectors of the economy. According to my simple survey, I have moved to several markets and I picked interest in most agricultural farm products and particularly buying cheaper vegetables from the villages and reselling it in the town markets and beyond, which I think should leave me with a marginal profit for self-sufficiency.


Following the end of 1994 Rwanda Genocide that left her parents, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, grands parents, loved ones, friends, classmates, and fellow countrymen, there was no body to turn to, nowhere to run since the whole country was in state of emergency and yet ” I ‘Mukamabano” still surviving however her strong Catholic faith inspired her to seek the answer to the question of KUKI NDIHO? / WHY DO I EXIST ?

The first thing that came into Her mind was to start up something that would give hope to any displaced and homeless citizens of Rwanda, but as earlier mentioned, the country was mainly left with many orphaned and youthful people and that’s why she founded the project to help rebuild her beloved but rather troubled nation at the time.

The project’s mission is to advocate and devoted for orphans whose parents perished during genocide or died because of HIV.

By Gilbert Cyiza, Imburi Phare MEDIA based in Rwanda, EAST AFRICA



Dear Mama!

Allow me to praise and lift up my mother

Thanks be to you for bringing me in this world

May God’s grace be upon your soul forever!

Without your steadfast love I was unknown forever ever.

I remember many children who never reach this world

I remember those who disappear while they are still unborn

I remember those who disappear upon they arrival to this world

But yet you didn’t wish that dear mother

No matter how much pain I brought to you while still in your womb

You kept me and you stood child-birth pain

You raised me and cared for me till I was grown

That love is what I want to sing to the world

To tell this lovely story to the live and dead

To tell those who know you and those who never heard about you

Because it is you who made me who I am

Thanks dear mother for bearing such pain

And for loving me such much!

It was for your choice that I live today

Many young ones have lost this privilege

Many examples can be seen in our world today

There are even those who never knew their origins

Simple because they were not lucky enough

To have a mother who could handle the hardship

To bear such pain they could not take

But you mother you are special

You took it all and you gave me life

I thank you so for a job well done

Dear mother I love you very much

Because I remember all you went through

I can’t ever count them because they are so many

But you stood like strong like a worrier against them

You spent many sleepless nights for the sake of me

And when I was born you worked days and nights

Fighting for my well being and my best future

There is nothing hard like being a single mother

School fees and food on table

All alone but you never gave up.

Oh!! Mother, I bless you so!!!

I remember you on our way into the exiles

I remember you trying to keep your eyes on me

I remember you calling my name saying

“Mabano, stay closer to me; let me hold your hand!”

I could see how much your were worried about me

Your steadfast love could not let me go away from you

Not even when it could coast your own life

Yes mother I know you loved every one

But this I am sure you loved me the best

Though I was not lucky to have you forever

Though my Lord took you away from me

I am very sure there was for a reason

An explanation that I will soon know

But still you went when I mostly needed you

Look me now I am an orphan

Oh dear mother, now I remember

I remember those days when I was a little girl

I remember those small dresses you used to make for me

Those lovely colors that match your own dress

I remember those little steps I took next to you

Mostly Sunday morning on our way to church

I remember you teaching me how to sing and pray

That lovely discipline I promise to keep

You taught me ways of love without boundaries

I thank you for that especially during these days

You taught me to work and to stay strong

You gave me many examples about the meaning of life

Don’t you worry dear mother, I will accomplish your task

I know for sure that Our Lord is by your side

As you put me in God’s hands every day,

I never left Him or ever forget Him

He is my Lord and I am her servant

Dear mother, come closer; let me tell you a story

Right now I am in USA, far way from home

Your hard-work for my best education has been paid off

I have been chosen among six hundred Artists from all over the world

To be honored as a first Artist from Rwanda and East Africa

To represent our culture to the West nations

For this pride I give you a credit dear mother

Without forgetting God who blessed us both!

Mama, it’s been two months since I came to America

When I speak English people become surprised

They don’t know you used to send me for evening classes

They ask me “How can you speak English in two months?”

“My mother in Rwanda paid for my English lesson classes”

I tell them how much you loved me

How I used to make you proud, every time receiving a first report form in class

How you felt proud to speak my name among other mothers

And that’s why I will speak your name among the nations.

My heavenly Father, ever blessing God

Bless my mother with many blessings

Bless my father too with many blessings

Blessed every one who raised me

Bless the most, the souls of those who left this world

Let their souls find a resting place in your heavenly kingdom!

I am well and strong

All I ask from my fellow young-stars

Is to make our parents proud

My birth-day I bless you

My baptism day I bless you

My heavenly father I thank you

I praise and glorify you all the time

And I will always invite your Holy Spirit

To guide me always toward good work!


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