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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


August 2017
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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.



Holy Spirit Revival
All are invited to the Holy Spirit revival that
will take place at Our Lady of Victory Church Friday August 11 at 7:00PM,
Saturday August 12 at 7:00PM and
concluding with the 10:15AM Mass on Sunday August 13. Father Anthony Ozele will be the preacher. Please join us and bring a friend.

What Is the Holy Spirit?
The Bible’s answer

The holy spirit is God’s power in action, his active force. (Micah 3:8; Luke 1:35) God sends out his spirit by projecting his energy to any place to accomplish his will.—Psalm 104:30; 139:7.

In the Bible, the word “spirit” is translated from the Hebrew word ruʹach and the Greek word pneuʹma. Most often, those words refer to God’s active force, or holy spirit. (Genesis 1:2) However, the Bible also uses those words in other senses:

Breath.—Habakkuk 2:19; Revelation 13:15.
Wind.—Genesis 8:1; John 3:8.
The vital, or animating, force in living creatures.—Job 34:14, 15.
A person’s disposition or attitude.—Numbers 14:24.
Spirit persons, including God and the angels.—1 Kings 22:21; John 4:24.
These meanings all share the sense of something invisible to humans that produces visible effects. Similarly, the spirit of God, “like the wind, is invisible, immaterial and powerful.”—An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, by W. E. Vine.

The Bible also refers to God’s holy spirit as his “hands” or “fingers.” (Psalm 8:3; 19:1; Luke 11:20; compare Matthew 12:28.) Just as a craftsman uses his hands and fingers to do his work, God has used his spirit to produce such results as the following:

The universe.—Psalm 33:6; Isaiah 66:1, 2.
The Bible.—2 Peter 1:20, 21.
The miracles performed by his ancient servants and their zealous preaching.—Luke 4:18; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.
The fine qualities displayed by people who obey him.—Galatians 5:22, 23.
The holy spirit is not a person

By referring to God’s spirit as his “hands,” “fingers,” or “breath,” the Bible shows that the holy spirit is not a person. (Exodus 15:8, 10) A craftsman’s hands cannot function independent of his mind and body; likewise, God’s holy spirit operates only as he directs it. (Luke 11:13) The Bible also compares God’s spirit to water and associates it with such things as faith and knowledge. These comparisons all point to the impersonal nature of the holy spirit.—Isaiah 44:3; Acts 6:5; 2 Corinthians 6:6.

The Bible gives the names of Jehovah God and of his Son, Jesus Christ; yet, nowhere does it name the holy spirit. (Isaiah 42:8; Luke 1:31) When the Christian martyr Stephen was given a miraculous heavenly vision, he saw only two persons, not three. The Bible says: “He, being full of holy spirit, gazed into heaven and caught sight of God’s glory and of Jesus standing at God’s right hand.” (Acts 7:55) The holy spirit was God’s power in action, enabling Stephen to see the vision.

Misconceptions about the holy spirit

Misconception: The “Holy Ghost,” or holy spirit, is a person and is part of the Trinity, as stated at 1 John 5:7, 8 in the King James version of the Bible.

Fact: The King James version of the Bible includes at 1 John 5:7, 8 the words “in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth.” However, researchers have found that those words were not written by the apostle John and so do not belong in the Bible. Professor Bruce M. Metzger wrote: “That these words are spurious and have no right to stand in the New Testament is certain.”—A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament.

Misconception: The Bible personifies the holy spirit, and this proves that it is a person.

Fact: The Scriptures do at times personify the holy spirit, but this does not prove that the holy spirit is a person. The Bible also personifies wisdom, death, and sin. (Proverbs 1:20; Romans 5:17, 21) For example, wisdom is said to have “works” and “children,” and sin is depicted as seducing, killing, and working out covetousness.—Matthew 11:19; Luke 7:35; Romans 7:8, 11.

Similarly, when the apostle John quoted Jesus, he personified the holy spirit as a “helper” (paraclete) that would give evidence, guide, speak, hear, declare, glorify, and receive. He used masculine personal pronouns such as “he” or “him” when referring to that “helper.” (John 16:7-15) However, he did so because the Greek word for “helper” (pa·raʹkle·tos) is a masculine noun and requires a masculine pronoun according to the rules of Greek grammar. When John referred to the holy spirit using the neuter noun pneuʹma, he used the genderless pronoun “it.”—John 14:16, 17.

Misconception: Baptism in the name of the holy spirit proves that it is a person.

Fact: The Bible sometimes uses “name” to stand for power or authority. (Deuteronomy 18:5, 19-22; Esther 8:10) This is similar to its use in the English expression “in the name of the law,” which does not mean that the law is a person. A person who is baptized “in the name of ” the holy spirit recognizes the power and role of the holy spirit in accomplishing God’s will.—Matthew 28:19.

Misconception: Jesus’ apostles and other early disciples believed that the holy spirit was a person.

Fact: The Bible does not say that, nor does history. The Encyclopædia Britannica states: “The definition that the Holy Spirit was a distinct divine Person . . . came at the Council of Constantinople in ad 381.” This was over 250 years after the last of the apostles had died.
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Rwandan Orphans received New Sport Shoes from JAPAN

Yes we did IT.

Thank you Lord for the opportunity. Many Thanks to our Japanese sister  IZUMI YAMASHITA & Our Founder Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO , because of their creativity  efforts and initiative , 225 Rwandan orphans & vulnerable children have now each child a new pair of  Sport shoes/ Sneakers  in Rwanda.

The Shoes come from Japan to Africa in Kigali Rwanda. Please enjoy the video clip of the children receiving the shoes in Kigali Rwanda at Muhima Primary School.  May God continue to bless you so much our Dear JAPANESE Sister IZUMI YAMASHITA, the True Hero of our TIME. Peace !
To you my Dear Supporters
Please enjoy the message from Izumi ;
” Dear Marie Claudine,
I participated in your side event at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
I was moved by your speech!
Shirley and I are both member of IFUW (International Federation of University Women).
During the session, you mentioned you need shoes for kids in Rwanda.
If so, I will collect shoes and send them from Japan.


Where I should send to?

Is there time limit to send?
how many shoes you might ask?

Hope to hear from you


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Please meet our HERO

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.


Meet  Our Founder :

Miss Claudine MUKAMABANO

After losing her parents, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, loved ones, friends, classmates, and fellow countrymen during the Rwandan Genocide, Ms. Marie Claudine’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 effort, please visit

The 2013 Africa Brave Award Winner in New York City, 2012 Humanitarian Achievements Award Winner, 2011 African Community Leader Award Winner & 2010 Ambassador for Peace Award Winner.

Today, Miss Claudine is a Transformation Author of “THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA: Be Yourself & Change Somebody’s Life Today, an excellent resource for every person who seeks to maximize the use of Social Media to change the lives of others.

In her new  book, Ms. Mukamabano describes the potential growth each person has to expand a company and bring it to a level beyond one’s imagination.

Claudine offers her life’s work as an example in a thrilling, entertaining and exciting matter. In her Audio Book, no one will leave disappointed. They’ll be Empowered to effectively use Social Media! Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO, because of her Efforts, Work and initiative as well as her Humanitarian and Philanthropist activities, was recognized to be the 2014 ‘Impact Maker in Development on the African continent’ by Nigerian News Journey in Lagos.

In her everyday life and activities,

Miss Claudine loves to educate people on the Power of Innovation TechnologyLeadership – Marketing,Entrepreneurship and The Effective User of the Power of Social Media.

Miss Claudine MUKAMABANO, the Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Fundraising Officer of WHY DO I EXIST?/ KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT, which She Founded in 2005 with a Mission to Heal and Empower Rwandan Orphans.

Last year  2014 in December , She created   Miss Global PEACE  Pageant with mission to inspire and Help Orphans, Promote PEACE, EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION, MARKETING EDUCATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP. The Crowned Winner of Miss Global Peace 2015 is Miss Hebrew the form Miss  Burkina.