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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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Rwanda Flag Raising Team & Bio(s)


Miss Liberia

My name is Patience Noah.

A member of the Business Advisory Board at my school. The formal Vice President of the People of African Descent in my school. Skills USA Outstanding Service Award winner 2007-2008. The first Female to go to college on my mother’s side of the family.

I am also Miss Liberia Metro Boston 2011-12, Miss Liberia  Massachusetts 2011-12, Miss Liberia USA 2012-13 and Miss University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 2010-11. I am a senior Marketing major with a minor in International Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with hopes of getting my masters in International Business when I graduate. But most of all I aspire to be an Ambassador of the United Nations someday.
My platform is Youth Empowerment through Leadership and Education and my goal is to not only inspire kids within my community but all over the world to know that anything is possible when you work hard and not be afraid of failure because those who succeed are those who have failed at least once or twice.

Miss Guinea

Oumou Cherif was born and raised in Guinea, Conakry and have resided in the United States since 20003.

Apart from being a young activist, she is also the current title holder of Miss Guinea Massachusetts 2011-2012, and a full time student at Quincy College pursuing a degree in Paralegal and Human Services.

Throughout the past years Cherif has dedicated her life to activism. In 2005, she joined “Student Immigrant Movement”, a statewide immigrant youth-led organization based in Massachusetts which invests strives to improve communities through relational building, leadership development, electoral organizing and using both strategic and motivational campaigns to build movement. Aside from being a full-time student, Cherif volunteers at “The Brazilian Immigrant Center”; a community-based grassroots organization that supports and empowers Brazilian immigrants in the Greater Boston area.

Her humanitarian abilities started at a very young age. She has always had a strong compassion and concern for others, especially children. She describes herself to be “selfless and loving” and she believes to have inherited these qualities from her beloved mother who she grew up watching her entire life being kind and generous towards others, and this is why she considers her mother to be her example; the person she looks up to.

January 2012, Cherif became the founder/Executive Director of Children Education Alliance Inc; a Non-profit organization incorporated in Massachusetts to help the underprivileged children in Africa achieve academic goals, through scholarships and sponsorship. Cherif believes education is the defector to eradicate poverty and the means to a bright future for disadvantage and vulnerable children of Africa. This is what led to the creation of this Non-profit with plans to extend throughout Africa.

In her own words, Oumou says “I want nothing more than success” and here she explains her definition of success; ‘to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because of you have lived. This is to have succeeded.’ This is why I’ve made a vow to dedicate my time, effort and my entire life towards providing higher education for the neediest of all African children across the globe.”

Wale Idris

Wale Idris Ajibade (Wale Idris) is the founder and elected Executive Director of African Views, a nonprofit research and multimedia organization that focuses on improving African and African Diaspora communities and their relationships with the new world through cultural exchanges and collaborative projects.

He is also the elected Chairman of the Board of the first proposed African Diaspora Federal Credit Union as well as the appointed Chairman of the African Day parade. He is also the founder of Foundation for Cultural Diversity, and the executive producer of World Cultural Diversity Day festivals. He is also the CEO of the New Institute of African Cultures and traditions.

He is the executive producer of African Health Dialogues, Youth Initiatives, Millennium development Goals and The Future Women Want programs on African Views Radio.
Prior to joining the Non-profit sector, he worked as the Director of Research and Marketing for International Investment Advisers (IIA). He has also worked for several distinguished financial firms such as Standard and Poor’s, Reuters America, and Citibank Private Bank. Wale has a robust background in economics, research, data integration, variance and technical market-analyses, and marketing. He has fifteen years tenure in the financial market industry;

he has an MBA from Columbus University. He has academic background in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Vienna. He is fluent in English, German, and Yoruba.

Honorable Dosso Kassimou , Chairman of African Commission of Newark

Kassimou is originally from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), on the northwest corner of Africa. His Director of international trade for Overclas S.L., a concrete company based in Barcelona, Spain.Kassimou graduated with a dual master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations and public administration from Seton Hall University.He is the first president of Newark’s African Commission.

About the commission
Created by Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker, the African Commission works to strengthen the ties between members of the African Diaspora, by promoting policies and awareness about social, economic, political, educational and health issues concerning the diaspora.

The commission also studies, develops and recommends policies, programs and activities that promote African and African-American life in collaboration with private groups and public agencies

Enjoy our Performing- Artists at  Rwanda Flag Raising Ceremony to Honor UN’s International Day for Peace  by Supporting Rwandan Orphans

Opera 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.


Sis. (Lady) Tiffany Obi

Tiffany has been described as a soloist singing sensation.  She is 16yrs old, grew up in a Christian musical family, and has been singing since she was 5yrs old.  She is naturally talented, and sings under the anointing of God.

She has ministered in many Churches in the Greater New York area; and everywhere, she has been a blessing to the various congregations.  Her repertoire includes Gospel, Sacred Songs, Inspirational Songs, and even such Classical Arias like “He Shall Feed His Flock” from Handel’s Messiah.  Her rendition of “I know My Redeemer Lives”, “God and God Alone” , Yolanda Adams’ “Yet Still I Rise”, Whitney Houston’s “One Moment In Time” and the singing duo Mary Mary’s “Yesterday” has been described as “Simply Phenomenal!!!”

She has performed at the Martin Luther King Concert Series hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.  She has also performed in many Gospel Concerts in Brooklyn and beyond, including the 2008 and 2009 McDonalds Gospelfest Celebration, 2009 “How Sweet the Sound” gospel competition at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.  She won the 2nd annual New York Gospel Talent Show in 2008, was highly acclaimed in the 10th annual Caribbean Gospel competition, in 2009.

She is a member of the Gospel for Teens Choir of Vy Higginsen’s “MaMa Foundation for the Arts” ensemble in Harlem, USA; and also is the resident soloist at Kings Court Ministries in Brooklyn, NY.

Tiffany is a 5-Time winner at Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night “Stars of Tomorrow” segment, and was featured as one of the Child Stars of Tomorrow in Apollo Theater Christmas 2010 and 2011 Production of “Star of Tomorrow – Best of the Best” program.  She also represented the Apollo Theater at the Harlem Week Celebration and also at Lincoln Center; and has appeared in the CBS program “60 Minutes”.  In July 2011 she won an award at the National Actors Model and Talents for Christ “Shine” event in Orlando, Fl.; and on Feb 15, 2012, she was the special Guest Star at Apollo Theater’s Tribute to Whitney Houston; where she performed “The Greatest Love of All” in honor of the late Music Icon. In April 2012, she performed “The Star Spangled Banner” at Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls game.  Also in April 2012, she sang the Japanese National Anthem at the 100th Anniversary of the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival; and in May 2012, she was featured in the Finale Episode of “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC TV.

Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Obi

Kings Court Ministries

P.O. Box 340647.  Brooklyn, NY.  11234



Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO

Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO

Singer,Poet,Songwriter,and Actress

International Entrepreneur Award Winner Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO is a  Dancer/ Singer, Model, Actrisse, Activist and the Founder of Why Do I Exist?- KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT a Humanitarian & Charitable  organization dedicated to finding safe places for street  kids who were orphaned by the horrendous Rwandan Genocide of 1994 and HIV/AIDS. Claudine is also a survivor of that Genocide, her family and fellow tribe members were violently killed around her. Marie – Claudine today talks about the simple joy of being alive. She traveled throughout Africa and other areas of the world, enjoining people of differing cultures to embrace their potential for survival and growth. Mukamabano is determined to raise awareness about genocide, educate people about HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty. September 21 st is a UN’s International Day for Peace  and on that day in 2009, she founded Peace Rwanda Convention for the first time in Rwandan history.

Multi- Talented Artist from Rwanda ; Dancer, Speaker, Model, Human Rights Advocate, Peacemaker,

May 2010 Marie – Claudine won an Ambassador for Peace Award at the United Nations. May 2011 during African Day in Albany , Marie Claudine  a genocide orphan survivor has received recognition from the Assembly of the State of New York for turning a life of hardship into one of Leadership and Advocacy by Founding  Why Do I Exist?- KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT.

September 20, Last year, She hosted UN’s International Day for Peace  at Columbia University, New York City in Collaboration with  Teachers College’s African Education Center for the first time in history.

Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO singing in New Jersey,Newark City Hall, October 25,2012

Her  life mission  is to promoter Peace, she  call her self a Peacemaker, this is why she also initiated and coordinated RWANDA Flag Raising Ceremony to Honor UN’s International Day for Peace as a Symbol of Healing, Peace, Resilience,Hope and Forgiveness

Feel free to invite her  to Speaker and Perform at your organization/ school/ church/ community

Speaking Topics Include :

& ” Never Again” In Action

& Why Do I Exist?

& I am Free and I am Smart

& Healing Through Forgiveness

&  Peacemaker, empowering  girls & Women

Find Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO on Facebook and Linkedin , Twitter


A new generation of music Bacious Clay (B. CLAY) born in Ghana with Nigerian heritage

A gifted singer and songwriter,  B. Clay’s sound is a combination of Africanbeats/reggae/hip-hop

He’s excited to be putting out his own project as a solo artist, particularly enjoying his freedom to explore and experiment musically. His music is influenced by Bob Marley, Beenie Man, Buju banton,Nat king cole, ect…

Making his debut into mainstream music here in the U.S. with his solo album, “African Baby”, B. Clay is well aware of the differences between pleasing an American audience as opposed to an African audience. He describes making music for an American audience “like making music for the world. [One] has to focus more so on the lyrics as opposed to just the beat; [with the lyrics] you have to come hard.” Like most artists, his passion for music is strong, so making music and performing is second nature to him. When given the chance to entertain and educate his fans, he does it extremely well because music is his “food”—he eats, drinks, and sleeps it. His energy and dynamism on stage always sees him through.

B. Clay is both versatile and talented on a world-wide scale, having received the “Yellow Ci-Ci Best West African Single of the Year Award” at the 5th Annual Continent Academy Award Show in Brooklyn, NY. He has also performed at several universal concerts such as, “The Art of Speech for Humanity Concert” in London, “Africa Unites Tour” in South Africa, and the “Save Africa Concert Foundation” at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY, where Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie were attendees. You are witnessing an icon in the making. His success will be an inspiration for other African artists to make their entrance into mainstream music.








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FAX: 718-228-2820

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location: Brooklyn nyc

Hello I am a R&b rap artist who also has some techno POP and reggae tracks as well. I have tracks with usher, lloyed, r.kelly,tank and Nash nation but now independent…attached are some of my songs and a few pics and below is a little bio and contact info.

U’KNO THA DON is an up and coming Hip Hop and R&B artists, that wants to share with you his story about the trials and tribulations he is going through in his music career to make it to the top as well as the life changing experience he had to go through with the mysterious death of his son, which changed his view and out look of life.

His life speaks through his music. All of it is heartfelt, real, sexy, remarkably lyrical, creative, its “U’KNO” THA DON. U’KNO is a native of Brooklyn Crown Heights and he represents where he’s from indifferently.  His style is tossed in a blender mixed with a new, hot, ground breaking sound.  In the year 2007 U’KNO experienced something that would change his life forever …Him being placed in the New Jersey Journal and CBS News for the homicide case of his two month year old son Christopher, losing custody of his two year old daughter Nevaeh, his wife of two years leaving him for another man, and a trial that last over a year to prove his innocent.  U’KNO then realized life can change in an instant so he decided to paint pictures in his music.

You can detect it in latest album entitled “Testimony”; Which is a tell all story of his experiences during this time.  His current mix tape album is entitled “As Cocky as I Wanna Be” has a song entitled “Missing You” which is a dedication song to his son Christopher.  His last mix tape album entitled “I Does This” had a really huge buzz and sold over 10,000 copies.  Now he is ready to take over the business with his next album.  U’KNO has been gigging all throughout the Northeast bringing life to his music. U’KNO has performed in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, and locally in New York City in attempts of being the rustbelt of Biggie Smalls. U’KNO has been fortunate enough to be featured on the Apollo, Rap City, The Deal, BET.COM, Fuse TV, All, Bet’s 106 & Park, GinTV, Gin DVD, Frenycville DVD, the list can prolong endlessly.






Chief of Financial Officer


Fatima (Fatou)

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.

is a junior with a double major in Political Science and Economics and a minor in French/Middle East Studies.

I migrated to the US when I was 13 and settle with my mother in Framingham Massachusetts.  Raised by a single mother I have one brother and 9 half brothers and sisters from my father side. I am a member and Project coordinator of SIFE.

Chief Communication Officer


Cindy Similien-Johnson

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

She also serves as

the Chief Communications Officer for the Why Do I Exist?- Kuki Ndiho Rwanda Orphans Support Project.

Cindy attended Barnard College of Columbia University and received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing.

Secretary General



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.

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

The Founder & Initiator -  Event Coordinator

Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO

The 2012 Humanitarian Award Winner & 2010 Ambassador for Peace Award Winner

, Miss Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO, a Rwandan genocide – orphan survivor’s Initiative of Raising the Flag of Rwanda as a symbol of :

Healing,Peace, Resilience, Hope and Forgivness

Marie Claudine, has recieved recognition, proclamation from the Assembly of the State of New York for turning a life of hardship into one of Leadership and Advocacy by founding KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT.

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

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. She is the Founder and CEO of Kuki Ndiho Foundation, 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.


Meeting notes from Peace Day / Rwanda Flag- Raising preparation

By marie, on June 15th, 2012

My Dear Supporters and Friends
Thank you for your always support & help
Please enjoy below the meeting notes from Monday.. Thank you
Many Thanks to th0se who managed to attend the Meeting yesterday, June 11 at Baruch College
Meeting Notes from   our new volunteer  Safia Latif( Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate 2014)
June 11th, 2012
3:00 pm

Rwanda Flag-Raising/International Peace Day
When: Thursday September 20, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: City Hall – Newark, NJ

To be done:

Visit City Hall and find/confirm the room/area that the event will be taking place and confirm:
Seating arrangements
Audio/Sound system
Visuals – Screen if showing a film
Create a program for the day and include
Have back-up plan/speakers in case anyone is late or cancels
Select photographer to do Photo Exhibition that day

Subject/Title of each speakers’ speech.
Narrow down the amount of speakers as there is only about 1 hour and a half.
Flag-raising will take about thirty minutes
Email this program to speakers in advance
Send a polite reminder to speakers a fews days or a week before the event about being on time
How will we fund-raise at this event?
Two options:

Put money baskets around the room and as people leave, ask them to put something in.
Have someone stand at the door to greet/say good bye to people as they leave
“Salt the baskets” – add a few $10 bills prior so that people are more inclined to donate.
After explaining organization and requesting donations, pass the basket around.
Can give DVD for donating a certain amount of money.
Maybe with at least a $20 donation ?
How will we get the funds for this event?
Total budget for the event → around $13,500 – 15,000
Bulk of expenses for entertainment group
Airfare for 3 (round trip) = about $ 10, 500
Hotel = about $2,000
Transportation/Food/etc = about $25,000

How can we get this money?
Target 25 main contributors and request about $5,000

Send out letters

Highlight them in the program or on the day of the event
Look for African Culture Studies departments at various universities and colleges in the tri-state area.
Contact the Embassy to see if there is a list of different Rwandan groups that we can get in contact with.
Selling DVDs

What still needs to be done:

Organize a meeting soon with everyone involved, to split up responsibilities and organize different committees
Find stage/project managers in charge of different aspects of the day.
Re-write letter using last year’s template to send out to everyone to inform them about the event and request their support financially.
*Send these as soon as possible*

Look for different entertainment booking agencies that could help to find gigs for the entertainment group coming  from Rwanda
Need to get in contact with people who can organize their visas/working permit
Get in contact with the Ambassador to the UN and US for Rwanda as soon as possible
Inform them about the event and request their support
Get in contact with the Rwanda Director of Cultural Affairs
May be able to get you in contact with different Rwandan agencies and media outlets
Get in contact with Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhry
Create letters to be given at the First Ladies Summit
Personalized & typed, hand-written names on the envelopes
Should contact the embassy before this event (June 28th)
Do not ask for money in these letters!
Emphasize that their presence will make the event more meaningful
Include that Mayor Cory Booker will be in attendance
Also include a letter for the UNESCO Ambassador
Can also make promo cards to hand out to the audience
Look into prices of flags for the flag-raising. Should have 2 flags

Also discussed the possibility of creating a scholarship program for students who would like to attend the International Model UN Summer Camp next year.

Many Thanks to these who managed to attend the Meeting yesterday, June 11 at Baruch College
Thank you Miss Guinea USA, 2012  Kadiatou D. Fadiga
Thank you Mr. Wale Idris , Director of Research and Strategy at  African views
Thank you Mr. Thaddeus
Thank you Mr. Stanley
Thank you my Sweaty heart our intern Safia Latifa FOR being able to attend the meeting and ready to produce this wonderful meeting note, you are the best.
Thank you to Baruch College / Small business Administration to provide for us the space for the meeting
Many thanks to Myself, Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO, for finding the space, organizing ,inviting every body and coordinating

Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO

Rwandan genocide orphan- survivor
Ambassador for Peace Award winner 2010
Humanitarian Award winner 2012
Founder/CEO of Why do I exist
Tel: 347 465 4045

Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO, a genocide orphan survivor has received recognition from the Assembly of the State of New York for turning a life of hardship into one of Leadership and Advocacy for Founding KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT


Welcome address and statement on the International Peace Day

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

By Ms. Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO Founder and CEO of Kuki Ndiho/ Why do I exist?

Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is indeed a great honor for all of us to commemorate International Peace Day.  KUKI NDIHO is privileged to participate in this important event with the United Nations Association in the USA, and the principal of Columbia University.

I warmly welcome the Director of UN Women, Prof. U. Joy Ogwu, the Senior Advisor to UNAIDS and Chairman of the UN African Day Celebration, Dr. Djibril Diallo who have spared their valuable time to grace this occasion.

It is indeed a great honour and a historic moment for all of us to welcome our great leaders and lecturers:

Aftab Seth is a Visiting Professor at Kenichi Ohmae Institute of Management in Tokyo, Chairman of the Global Indian International Schools Japan and Adviser to the Global Indian Foundation. He is a former member of the management board of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and a former Visiting Professor at IIT Bombay and Konan University in Kobe.

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.

They will enrich us with their inspiring thoughts on peace.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, the 30th Anniversary of International Day for Peace, we, the peoples of Africa, Asia, America, and all the world, have assembled here, to commemorate UN Peace Day, with a commitment to promote the culture of peace. Together, we denounce war, parochialism and racism, which have resulted in massive destruction and human suffering in our peaceful region.

I feel that we must accord priority to resolve conflicts and say Never Again to Genocide, such as that committed in Rwanda against the Tutsi, and eradicate perpetration in general and divert our energies towards development activities, alleviation of poverty and illiteracy.  I earnestly believe that with the mission of peace alone, we can achieve these goals and walk towards progress, welfare and prosperity of humanity.

As you know, we represent KUKI NDIHO / WHY DO I EXIST RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT. We are a living instrument in the service of peace, and a reminder of our permanent commitment to forgiveness, especially in the advent of the Rwandan genocide.

As a survivor, and a living witness to the ordeal as well as to the processes that led to the genocide itself, I would normally commemorate this event with a silent meditation. However, I am aware of the orphan children whose lives have been impacted by the Rwandan genocide, and about our commitment to ensure their survival and well being. This is why celebrating Peace Day is a priority for us at KUKI NDIHO/WHY DO I EXIST RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT.

Since 2009, we have been celebrating Peace Day with Rwandan orphans in Kigali, Rwanda, and now we are holding a Conference and a Fundraiser on Tuesday, September 20th 2011, 7pm – 9:30pm at Columbia University, to mark this year’s event   here    in the   USA. The location is 525 W. 120th Street, Grace Dodge Hall, Room 179, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.

We have many and various activities dedicated to the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual healing of the lives of the thousands of orphans living in Rwanda today. By giving them hope of a better life, and by bringing them peace and love, they will be the future of this earth.

Our mission 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.

Apart from education, we also provide support through teaching, penpal programs, clothing drives, culture activities, and recently poems and dancing. These give hope and help advocate for the orphans of the Rwandan genocide and raise funds so that we can achieve our goal of being an ambassador for peace.

And so today, let us hear the bell of peace ring loud, clear and true in our conscience.  Let it ring out a century of cruelty and destruction, and ring in a millennium of hope and peace.

Thank you,

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

for your kind attention.

Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO

Rwanda genocide- orphan survivor

Founder & CEO


Tel: 347 465 4045


1186 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216  USA    E-mail:—————————————————————————————————————————


September, 2011

Peace is not just the absence of war” Pope John Paul II

“Peace is one of humanity’s most precious needs. It is also the United Nations’ highest calling.” UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon

Join us in Celebrating the 30thAnniversary of International Day for Peace, Tuesday September 20th 2011,  from 7pm to 9:30 pm at Columbia  University’s Center for African Education at Teachers’ College.  Speakers, film screening, music, dance performances. Food and drinks will be served. Admission is free and you are all welcome! Food and

The International Day of Peace (Peace Day) serves as a reminder to me and to all members of the KUKI NDIHO / WHY DO I EXIST RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT, that we are a living instrument in the service of peace, and reminds us of our permanent commitment to forgiveness especially in the advent of the Rwandan genocide.

As a survivor, and a living witness to the ordeal as well as to the processes that led to the genocide itself, I would normally commemorate this event with a silent meditation. However, I am aware of the orphan children whose lives have been impacted by the Rwandan genocide and about our commitment to ensure their survival and well being.

This is why celebrating Peace Day is a priority for us at KUKI NDIHO/WHY DO I EXIST RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT.
Since 2009, we have been celebrating Peace Day with Rwandan orphans in Kigali, Rwanda, and now  we are holding a Conference and a Fundraiser

on Tuesday, September 20th 2011, 7pm – 9:30pm at Columbia University, to mark this year’s event here in the USA.

Location is 525 W. 120th Street, Grace Dodge Hall, Room 179, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.

Take train #1 to 116th Street. Please bring your checkbooks.

Our organization relies on the generosity of supporters like you to sustain its programs and services, and once again we are turning to you for donations. We have worked hard with the help of friends and volunteers to organize several aspects of the event, but we still need $5,500 to complete our preparation to host the conference successfully.

www.whydoiexist.orgYour contribution of any amount towards our target budget takes us a step further in providing the necessary services and allows us to meet our goal of saving orphans children’s lives. We are proud of our accomplishments. You can be proud too, knowing that you are contributing to this important cause.
Please make your tax-deductible donations payable to KUKI NDIHO/ WHY DO I EXIST RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT, a 501(c) 3 organization,

and send to:

Marie Claudine Mukamabano at 1186 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216.
We thank you very much in advance for your generosity.

Marie Claudine Mukamabano
Rwanda genocide survivor & Ambassador for Peace
Founder and CEO,



” PEACE is NOT just THE ABSENCE of WAR”. Pope John Paul II

SEPTEMBER 21 is International Day of Peace.

Support the UNITED NATIONS 2009 International Year of Reconciliation”


Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO, KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT and the St. Famille Parish of Rwanda are collaborating for the implementation of Culture of Peace in the HEARTS of Rwandan Orphans and Youth in Rwanda by providing different activities, including speakers, a soccer game and music/dance.

Sunday, September 20th
At 10:00 AM
The Euchalistia Celebration
will begin the event
At St. Famille Parish in

Come and join the many speakers who will explain how implementation of a Culture of Peace is very important in our lifetime

You will learn how to avoid the negative feelings in your heart in order to have a PERMANANT PEACE in your Heart, PEACE OF MIND and JOY,
like JESUS CHRIST’S daily greeting,  “PEACE be with YOU”.

I hope that we too will always wish peace to each other  in our daily lives.

~Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO

This Peace initiative supported by

School,GISIMBA Orphanage,Rwanda SCOUT, Rwandan Xavier,Catholic Youth Movement,Charismatic Prayer Group,and Others
Rwanda Youth Movements and Associations.

Please send your contribution to:

Shouts of Joy Ministry
Attent: Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO
583 Throop Avenue
Brooklyn,NY 11216
USA                      or you can donate online by clicking here:

Thank you so much for being a part of this Rwanda Peace
Initiative in the Heart of Rwandan Orphans.

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