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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 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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MARIE CLAUDINE MUKAMABANO

Our guest Speaker, on this first gathering of Humanist Activists TODAY,is a

Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO singing at the AFRICAN UNION'S Global Stage in New York City.

Claudine's Healing & Empowerment Dancing with Orphans in Kigali Rwanda, June 2005.

SUPER ACTIVIST , A BEAUTIFUL DYNAMIC WOMAN , who is an ORPHAN SURVIVOR of
the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, Ms. Marie Claudine Mukamabano.

After losing her parents, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents,
loved ones, friends, classmates, and fellow countrymen during the Rwandan
Genocide, Ms. 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, raising
awareness about the genocide in Rwanda, helping survivors, and aiding
orphans of HIV. (For more information or to provide any donation to support
this humanitarian effort, please visit www.whydoiexist.org.)
Claudine, as she prefers to be called, was recently speaking on Women’s
Issues at the UN, and in November, received the Women’s International
Humanitarian Award, that was held at the Bedford Central Presbyterian Church
in Brooklyn, where Rev. Dr. Clive E. Neil, the Senior Pastor, is also
Humanitarian Artist, Minister, spokesperson for the Universal Zulu Nation.
The Award is dedicated to the rainbow of virtuous women in the entertainment
world, and juvenile females who encountered physical or verbal abuse on any
levels of life or action through human trafficking. These women are making a
positive impact in the community.
Ms. Claudine is Author of Her New Book: “THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA-Be
Yourself & Change Somebody’s Life Today.” This is an excellent resource for
every person who seeks to maximize the use of Social Media to change the
lives of others. She describes the power of each person’s potential growth
to expand and bring it to a level beyond one’s imagination! She offers her
life’s work as an example, in a thrilling, entertaining, and exciting
manner, attempting to empowered others to effectively use Social Media.
Ms. Claudine’s other recognition in awards include:

The 2014 ‘Impact Maker
in Development on the African continen
t’ by Nigerian News Journey in Lagos;
and The 2013 Africa Brave Award Winner in New York City, 2012 Humanitarian
Achievements Award Winner
, 2011 African Community Leader Award Winner & in
2010, she was recognized, and winner of, an Ambassador for Peace Award.

Ms. Claudine received recognition from The Assembly of State of New York for
turning a life of hardship into one of leadership and advocacy. on May 2011
on the occasion of the Africa Day Celebration.

In 2011, Miss Claudine
graduated at the International Trauma Studies a program directed by Dr. Jack
Saul a professor at Columbia University.

In her everyday life and activities, Miss Claudine loves to educate people
in the Power of Innovation Technology, Leadership- Marketing,
Entrepreneurship and Social Media
.

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” 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

UN Secratary General Ban Ki- moon with Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO, a Rwandan Orphan Genocide Survivor who is the Transformational Author of THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA : Be Yourself & Change Somebody's Life Today! & The Founder & CEO of WHY DO I EXIST? KUKI NDIHO RWANDAN ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT

  1. SECRETARY-GENERAL, IN REMARKS AT FIFTEENTH COMMEMORATION OF RWANDA GENOCIDE, SAYS SILENCE OF INNOCENT VICTIMS SHOULD SPUR ACTION TO SECURE JUSTICE

7 APRIL 2009SG/SM/12176-AFR/1832

SECRETARY-GENERAL, IN REMARKS AT FIFTEENTH COMMEMORATION OF RWANDA GENOCIDE, SAYS SILENCE OF INNOCENT VICTIMS SHOULD SPUR ACTION TO SECURE JUSTICE

PRESS RELEASE

Thank you all for coming to this very solemn ceremony marking the fifteenth anniversary of genocide.  Today we are honoured by the presence of survivors of the genocide in Rwanda.  Thank you all for joining us.

Nothing I say could come close to the poignancy of your voices, your songs, or the power of your heart-wrenching testimonials, some of which we will hear in a few minutes.  Before I begin, I would like to thank Marie Claudine Mukamabano, for gracing us with such a moving song.

In my lifetime, no other event has put me into such a horrifying scene and experience.  A few years ago, even before I became Secretary-General, I visited the Genocide Memorial in Kigali, and when I became the Secretary-General, that was one of the first places I decided to visit.  I paid my tribute.

In the memorial book I wrote “never, ever again, in the name of humanity, should we repeat this tragedy”. Words fail to describe what I was thinking.  I was crying myself.  I couldn’t express how horrified, how much sorrow I felt over what I had seen, for all those victims and families.  It made me resolve, once again, that, as Secretary-General, I should do all in my power to prevent such a tragedy in the name of humanity.  That is why I have appointed Professor Francis Deng as my Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide, and I have also appointed Professor Ed Luck as my Special Adviser on Responsibility to Protect.  That is a firm demonstration of my philosophy and commitment to do all I can to prevent this type of tragedy.

The silence of more than 800,000 innocent victims who have been robbed of their chance to speak still haunts our collective conscience.

But beyond reminding us of the horror, that silence should spur us to action.  The United Nations has been moving on many fronts, from securing justice for the victims to preventing future atrocities.

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda became the first court in history to convict an individual of genocide.  That breakthrough did more than put a perpetrator behind bars –- it put other would-be genocidaires on notice that their crimes will not go unpunished.

The Genocide Convention and scores of other treaties send an unequivocal message that the international community will not accept impunity for gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

The United Nations is now mandated to protect civilians threatened by the ex-Armed Forces of Rwanda/Interahamwe, including some of the same people who fled Rwanda after orchestrating the genocide there.  United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are supporting efforts to neutralize the presence of the Interahamwe in the country’s east.

At the same time, we are intensifying our mediation efforts worldwide to calm tensions before they escalate into fighting.  My Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide is monitoring the world for any signs of a potential genocide, ready to alert the international community so we can move quickly and decisively in response.

Later this afternoon, we will tour exhibitions commemorating this solemn Day.  One features a young man whose parents were both killed in the genocide.  He said it is difficult to express all that he suffered.  “My tears are not seen,” he said, “They go inside.”

Today is a day to open our eyes to this suffering and honour the memory of those killed in Rwanda 15 years ago.  But for our tribute to be truly meaningful, we must match the resolve of the survivors by renewing our dedication to the causes of justice and peace.

Sourse : http://www.un.org/press/en/2009/sgsm12176.doc.htm

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More about Miss Claudine MUKAMABANO

When she was only 5 years old, Claudine’s wonderful Mother introduced her to the Youth Catholic Movement where she used to visit and help poor people as well as orphans in Rwandan orphanages.

Because she was exposed to world of God at an early age, Claudine created the joyful and happiness LIFE within. During her childhood, Claudine managed to create or Build a VERY JOYFUL SOUL. She grew up as the most joyful child in her village and in her school, everybody noticed that joy. Even now, you can still feel and sense the JOYFUL HUMAN BEING.

However, Claudine’s joyful life was interrupted by the genocide in Rwanda which claimed over Million of Innocent TUTSI PEOPLE and Moderate Hutu in just 100 days.

That means that over 10,000 people where being killed each day in her country. During that time, Claudine was only around 14 years old, perhaps 15 years old, and she was studying in the 2nd year at High School of Math, one of the best Catholic schools in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. To have Claudine here with us today is a miracle!

Miss Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO is a GENOCIDE ORPHAN SURVIVOR who has received recognition from the Assembly of the State of New York FOR TURNING Life of Hardship into One of Leadership and Advocacy.

After losing her parents, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, loved ones, friends, classmates, and fellow countrymen during the Rwandan Genocideher 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.

MESSAGE FROM HERSELF & WHY SHE CREATED THE WHY DO I EXIST ? Project to Heal & Empower Rwandan Orphans.

During the genocide in Rwanda, I find myself jumping over the bodies of the people, children were being killed from my left and right, people were being  shot in front of me. I really didn’t think I’d survive, I thought I’d die like everyone else. Therefore, I took a vow before God. I said, “Lord, if you save my life and I survive, I will do everything in my ability to help Rwandan orphans”.

Before that, my dream was to get a PhD in mathematics because I was really good in it. I was the first young girl in my school to win a scholarship to study Mathematics in the best Catholic school in Rwanda named “College Saint Andrew”. I was brilliant, So I thought nothing would stop me to get the PhD, and invent something which students would learn in school such as inventions of Archimedes, Pythagoras , or like others scientists who invented something that changed the world. It was a big dream for my age but I wanted to leave a legacy. My plan was to call it my full name “Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO”. I could visualize my invention in my dream when I was still in elementary school.

It would have been wonderful to have the students everywhere learning about my invention. So, the moment I made a promise to God to help the orphans, I changed my plan. I said that if God saved my life, I would not get the PhD in mathematics but instead I will study business and establish my organization to raise money, and to help orphans. Economics was my favorite field since it has a lot to do with math, because I really love math.

Due to the lack of the required number of students to study Economics, I was obliged to study business instead.

Claudine's Healing & Empowerment Dancing with Orphans in Kigali Rwanda, June 2005.

Why Do I Exist? Is a question I ask myself as a genocide survivor and I believe that my existence is to praise God and help others. I believe my existence is to change somebody’s life. I believe it’s my duty to promote peace, and to prevent evil acts by promoting the acts of kindness, and the benefits of performing God’s holiness.

In September 2005 when I was dancing with the Rwandan Dance Group, and we were talking about the genocide and the survivors in Rwanda. We were planning to figure out our next step as artists to help improve the lives of survivors, especially the orphans, which is my life’s mission. I remember telling Rwanda Super Star Jean Paul SAMPUTU that I wanted to name the organization that reflected myself, something that will make me definitely feel responsible for somebody. It came up in my mother tongue, KUKI NDIHO? “Why Do I Exist?” “Why I Exist?”

Sometimes, we blame other people for our failures; and we sit down with our arms crossed assuming that they will do something to solve our problems. I wanted to do something for the helpless to take responsibility, and make a difference in somebody’s life, because I wanted to acknowledge how God saved my life. That’s how Why Do I Exist came to life. It helped me to fulfill my promises to God, and the vow I made to God during the genocide in Rwanda.

THANK YOU so very much for all my friends and supporters who are helping to advance my Book writing project
Thank you so much for your ideas and guidance. Thank you. Thank you. May God continue to protect and bless you. Peace.

In October 2005, Claudine created and established a charitable organization to Heal & Empower Rwandan Orphans called : WHY DO I EXIST?/ KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT.

In May 2005, Claudine was awarded the International Women’s Peace Medal in her country. In 2011, Miss Claudine graduated at the International Trauma Studies a program directed by Dr. Jack Saul, a professor at Columbia University. Claudine also holds these distinctions:

Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO

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 Technology, Leadership – 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.

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HEAL  RWANDAN ORPHANS TOGETHER !

WHY DO I EXIST?/KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT   a Humanitarian efforts for our Children, dedicated to education, financial, physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual healing and the well being of Rwandan orphans affected by  genocide & HIV/AIDS

Our Vision & Goal is to provide a loving and safe home, to help educate some of the million plus Rwandan orphans and victims. They are still struggling to overcome the trauma of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 and War.

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