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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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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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Jack Ma went to Kenya, Rwanda with 38 Chinese billionaires

“I know people, I know what people want , I know what people don’t want ….. Learn from Mistakes …. DON’T GIVE UP…. KEEP THE HOPE…. INNOVATION IS NOT FROM THE GOVERNMENTS , INNOVATIONS come From People ……. WOMEN TAKE CARE OF OTHERS BETTER THAN MEN…” Stated Chinese Billionaires Jack MA during his Visit to Rwanda and Kenya in East Africa.
Enjoy the Video of His Speech to African Youth Entrepreneurs in Kenya and Rwanda. Video Credit CNN more about
Chinese Billionaires JACK MA, Founder of Alibaba Internet Based Business.

Jack Ma
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ma.
Ma Yun (Chinese: 马云, [mà y̌n]; born September 10, 1964),[3] known professionally as Jack Ma, is a Chinese business magnate who is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of Internet-based businesses.

He is currently the 2nd richest person in Asia with a net worth of US$36.4 billion after being overtaken by Ma Huateng, as of August 2017.[4][5][6] He has become a global icon in business and entrepreneurship, one of the world’s most influential businessmen, and a philanthropist known for expounding his philosophy of business. [7][8][9] He was ranked 2nd in Fortune’s 2017 “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” list.[10]

Early life[edit]
Ma was born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Ma started to study English at a young age and practiced English daily by conversing with English-speakers at Hangzhou international hotel, a 70 min bike ride from his home. He would give them tours around the city for free to improve his English.[11] He did this for nine years. He became pen pals with one of those foreigners, who nicknamed him “Jack” because he found it hard to pronounce his Chinese name.[12]

Later in his youth, Ma struggled attending college. The Chinese entrance exams are held only once a year and it took Ma four years to pass. After that,[13] Ma attended Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute[14] (currently known as Hangzhou Normal University) and graduated in 1988 with a B.A. in English. While at school, Ma was head of the student council.[11][11] After graduation, he became a lecturer of English and International Trade at Hangzhou Dianzi University. He later enrolled at Beijing-based Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and graduated in 2006.[1]

Jack Ma applied for 30 different jobs and got rejected by all. “I went for a job with the police; they said, ‘you’re no good,’” Ma told interviewer Charlie Rose. “I even went to KFC when it came to my city. Twenty-four people went for the job. Twenty-three were accepted. I was the only guy…”.[15] In addition he applied 10 times for Harvard and got rejected.[16]

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Jack Ma on the future of online trade and globalization at World Economic Forum
In 1994, Ma heard about the Internet. In early 1995, he went to the US and with his friends’ help he got introduced to the Internet. During his first encounter he searched the word “beer”. Although he found information related to beer from many countries, he was surprised to find none from China. Further, he tried to search for general information about China and again was surprised to find none. So he and his friend created an “ugly” website related to China.[17] He launched the website at 9:40 AM and by 12:30 PM he had received emails from some Chinese wishing to know about him. This is when Ma realized that the Internet had something great to offer. In April 1995, Ma, his wife and a friend went around, asked for USD 20,000, and started their first company. Their company was dedicated to creating websites for companies. He named their company “China Yellow Pages.” Within three years, his company had made 5,000,000 Chinese Yuan which was equivalent to USD 800,000.

Ma began building websites for Chinese companies with the help of friends in the US. He has said that “the day we got connected to the Web, I invited friends and TV people over to my house,” and on a very slow dial-up connection, “we waited three and a half hours and got half a page…. We drank, watched TV and played cards, waiting. But I was so proud. I proved (to my house guests that) the Internet existed.”[18] (At a conference in 2010, Ma revealed that he has never actually written a line of code nor made one sale to a customer. He acquired a computer for the first time at the age of 33.[19])

From 1998 to 1999, Ma headed an information technology company established by the China International Electronic Commerce Center, a department of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation. In 1999, he quit and returned to Hangzhou with his team to found Alibaba, a China-based business-to-business marketplace site in his apartment with a group of 18 friends.[20] He started a new round of venture development with 500,000 yuan.

In October 1999 and January 2000, Alibaba twice won a total of a $25 million foreign venture capital investment. The program was expected to improve the domestic e-commerce market and perfect an e-commerce platform for Chinese enterprises, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to address World Trade Organization (WTO) challenges. Ma wanted to improve the global e-commerce system and from 2003 he founded Taobao Marketplace, Alipay, Ali Mama and Lynx. After the rapid rise of Taobao, eBay offered to purchase the company. However, Ma rejected their offer, instead garnering support from Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang with a $1 billion investment.

In September 2014 it was reported Alibaba was raising over $25 billion in an initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange.[21] Alibaba became one of the most valuable tech companies in the world after raising $25 billion, the largest initial public offering in US financial history. Ma now serves as executive chairman of Alibaba Group, which is a holding company with nine major subsidiaries:, Taobao Marketplace, Tmall, eTao, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Juhuasuan,, and Alipay.

In November 2012, Alibaba’s online transaction volume exceeded one trillion yuan. Ma was thus labeled “trillion Hou”, meaning literally “Trillion Yuan Marquis” in Chinese.[citation needed]

Ma has often been invited to lecture at universities such as the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Peking University.[22]

As of 2016, Ma is the owner of Château de Sours in Bordeaux, Chateau Guerry in Côtes de Bourg and Château Perenne in Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux.[23]

On January 9, 2017, Ma talked with United States President Donald Trump at Trump Tower about how to create 1 million US jobs in five years. [24]

In 2004, China Central Television and its viewers selected Ma as one of the “Top 10 Business Leaders of the Year”.[25]

In Sep 2005, World Economic Forum selected Ma as a “Young Global Leader”.[25] Fortune Magazine also selected him as one of the “25 Most Powerful Businessperson in Asia”. Businessweek also selected him as a “Businessperson of the Year”[26] in 2007, and Barron’s chose him as one of the 30 “World’s Best CEOs” in 2008.[27]

In May 2009, Time magazine selected Ma as one of the world’s 100 most powerful people. In reporting Ma’s accomplishments, Adi Ignatius, former Time senior editor and editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business Review, noted that “the Chinese Internet entrepreneur is soft-spoken and elflike — and he speaks really good English” and remarked that “, Mr. Ma’s consumer-auction website, conquered eBay in China.”[28] In 2014, he was again included in the list.[29] BusinessWeek chose him as one of China’s Most Powerful People,.[30] Forbes China also selected him as one of the Top 10 Most Respected Entrepreneurs in China by in 2009. Ma received the 2009 CCTV Economic Person of the Year: Business Leaders of the Decade Award.

In 2010, Ma was selected by Forbes Asia as one of Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy for his contribution to disaster relief and poverty.[31]

In 2011 it was announced that one of his companies had gained control of Alipay, formerly a subsidiary of Alibaba Group, so as to “comply with Chinese law governing payment companies in order to secure a license to continue operating Alipay.[32] Numerous analysts reported that Ma sold Alipay to himself below market value without notifying the board of Alibaba Group or the other major owners Yahoo and Softbank, while Ma stated that Alibaba Group’s board of directors were aware of the transaction. The ownership dispute was resolved by Alibaba Group, Yahoo! and Softbank in July 2011.[33]

Ma was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in November 2013.[34]

Ma is a board member of Japan’s SoftBank and China’s Huayi Brothers Media Corporation. He became a trustee of The Nature Conservancy’s China program in 2009 and joined its global board of directors in April 2010. In 2013, he became chairman of the board for The Nature Conservancy’s China Program; this was one day after he stepped down from Alibaba as company CEO.[35][36] Ma is the first Chinese citizen to serve on The Nature Conservancy’s board.

In 2014, he was ranked as the 30th most powerful person in the world in an annual ranking published by Forbes.[37]

In 2015, Asian Award honored him with the Entrepreneur of the Year award.[38]

In 2017, Fortune ranked Ma second on its World’s 50 Greatest Leaders list.[39]

In 2017, a KPMG survey ranked Ma third in global tech innovation visionary survey. [40]

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A Day Of Peace, A Day Of Celebration For The Orphans Of Rwanda By Abide Legzim.

UN’s International for Peace was a day of hope for the Orphans of Rwanda. The KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT organized an International Day of Peace Celebration Event, in collaboration with the Center for African Education at Columbia University.

Mr. Evan & Marie Claudine and Mayor Joseph at PEACE DAY event, Columbia University

The event took place at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.
The Event was quite a success with over 140 guests in attendance. There were notable guests present for the auspicious event.

The Honorable Joseph Makhandal Champagne, Mayor of the Borough of South Toms River, NJ was part of the celebration. Mr. Paulson Simeze, the President and CEO of Africa Synergy also graced us with his attendance. The event kicked off promptly at 7pm with prerecorded clips of Ms. Mukamabano and her work over the years helping the Orphans. Ms. Mukamabano gave opening remarks and with the help of a Preacher, led the room in a prayer.

Students from International Affairs & Political Science in Wisconsis University, they attend the event as well

We were then treated to various performances that embodied how connected we are in the world today in our search for peace regardless of where we are from. Among the performers were the Brooklyn born Hip Hop and R&B rap artist U’kno Tha Don

the Brooklyn born Hip Hop and R&B rap artist U’kno Tha Don

who performed the hit song “Runway” from his album. Ms. Tomoko is a Japanese singer about the importance of peace in our world. Her performance of “Promise” brought the audience to tears.


that also gave a brief speech

Ms Mukamabano shared with us why that song was her favorite. She talked about how during the Genocide she made a promise to God that if he helped her survive the ordeal she would dedicate her life to helping the children survivors. She has fulfilled and continues to fulfill that promise each and every day. She says that the first Sneakers Drive she organized for the Orphans made her realize “Yes I am doing it, I am keeping the promise that I made to God!”

The audience was also lucky to hear a performance by PIUS an Ugandan performer that had all of us on our feet and dancing along with him.

Mr. PIUS , Ugandana Dancer on the stage at PEACE CELEBRATION

Also quite notable, and one of the highlights of the night, was the moving speech by Mayor Champagne. He really engaged the audience by talking about how horrible the Genocide was and how much the world needs peace today. He also broached the need for more change that has to come from the people and that we need to rely less on the United Nations and violent means. As he put it, “the presence of guns does not mean the absence of conflict”.

Another highlight was the brief but moving speech by Lehman College Professor Dr. Theresa Nona. “We have to stop killing each other ”, she said. “We all have to find a way of working together to make peace a reality to make this world safer for our children, that is the only way we will make it on this earth”. The mood of the night was uplifting, joyful, cheerful, and informative. We danced, we

Prof. Dr. Theresa Nona speaks about Peace Celebration at Columbia University, she come with her students from Depar. African American Studies, Women Studies, International Affairs, African Studies at Lehman College

Marie Claudine & Mayor Joseph and ABIDE the PR of Marie Claudine & KUKI NDIHO Foundation

prayed, we shared our experiences, and most importantly we all gave so much hope to the Orphans of Rwanda. The more people know about the Rwandan Orphans Support Project the more help the Orphans will get.Ms. Mukamabano kept the audience engaged like only she can.

The Kuki Ndiho/Why do i eixts?  Foundation is infinitely grateful to the audience for their generosity. Most of the donations were monetary but Professor Dr. Theresa Nona of Lehman College donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouth rinse and lotions to the cause. Another member of the audience contributed his homemade hot sauce, which sold for ten dollars a bottle.

These examples went to show everyone that what mattered is that you give something, whether it be money, sneakers, or clothing, or your time by volunteering. Every little bit helps. The Kuki Ndiho Rwandan Orphans Support Project and Marie Claudine Mukamabano wish to take a brief moment to express their thanks to those that took the time to come out and celebrate this International Peace Day with us, on behalf of the Orphans of Rwanda.

A special thank you to all the students, from Columbia, Lehman College, Wisconsin St Leo University, City University, and Brooklyn College that took time out of their study schedules to come out and celebrate this peaceful day with Why do I exist?/Kuki Ndiho. A special thanks to our performers: U’kno That ,Ms. Tomoko, our dancer from Uganda, and the Australian Poet David “Ratsack” Mitsak who gave us a brief but very humorous poem reading.

Our thanks also extend to our speakers. Mayor Champagne who took the time to come express how much he cares for the cause.

Mr. Paulson Simeze , Presindent & CEO of Africa Synergy attended with her familly and Freinds

Mr. Paulson Simeze, President and CEO of Africa Synergy, who spoke about how his organization encourages women to uplift themselves and become leaders in the world.

Finally, we are grateful to the models of the Africa Synergy organization that helped make the event a success.

US-AFRICA SYNERGY Models on the stage with Marie Claudine Mukamabano

We also extend our thanks to Mr. Wale Idris Ajibade, Executive Director of Africa Views.


Mr. Ajibade helped us record this memorable event so that we are able to share it in the future. Ms. Sylvie Yonkee or her time and efforts in helping organize and promote this celebration as well as our Volunteer Coordinator Peter.

We must not forget Mr. Evan Hendon the Program Coordinator at the Center for African Studies who helped us coordinate all issues and matters with the Center to make this event a success. For any further information about the Kuki Ndiho Foundation or any of our performers, please log on to or On the Website, you can also learn how to be of help to the Orphans of Rwanda.

Let us remember that peace comes only when us as a people make it happen. We must change our world; make it a more peaceful place for our children.