Francis Gakuba, our Program Director from Rwanda, to speak in Vancouver

Francis Gakuba, himself a survivor of the genocide, is Embrace Rwanda’s Program Director in Kigeme, Rwanda. He will be in Vancouver from October 10th until November 13th. During his visit he will tour the Lower Mainland giving presentations about his life experience working for reconciliation following the genocide, the success of the Embrace Rwanda model, the strength of this type of sustainable partnership and the many new opportunities for health and development springing to life in the Southern Province under Embrace Rwanda’s leadership. Mr. Gakuba is a powerful, inspiring speaker. All are welcome to come and hear him.

 

Francis Gakuba, Embrace Rwanda Program Director
Francis Gakuba, Embrace Rwanda Program Director

 

Francis Gakuba is speaking at the following locations starting at 7:30pm.

Come and meet him and hear his inspiring story of forgiveness following the Rwandan genocide.

Friday, October 25thNorth Lonsdale United Church, 3380 Lonsdale Ave. North Vancouver

Thursday, November 7th Lynn Valley Church, 1160 East 29th Street, North Vancouver

Tuesday, November 12thDunbarLutheranChurch, 3491, 31 Ave, Vancouver

Rwandan crafts for sale and refreshments provided

 

About Embrace Rwanda

For the last five years a Vancouver-based charity, Embrace Rwanda, has helped to bring powerful, meaningful and sustainable change to Rwanda’s Southern Province. For a region hit hard by poverty, genocide and disease, the transformation is remarkable. Of the 75,000 people in this area of Rwanda, it is estimated that at least 24,000 have now benefited from the work of Embrace Rwanda.

Embrace Rwanda is a grassroots community development partnership between Canada and Rwanda. Under the leadership of North Vancouver’s Hilary King, the initial focus was to provide continuing support for poverty-stricken rural families through an initiative called the “Healthy Mums Project”. Five years later, the initiative stands on four pillars of community development and support: maternal/child health, early childhood education, building capacity through a  Vocational Training Centre and a community economic development/ savings and credit program to support the development of small business. In Canada, the charity is run entirely by volunteers, many of whom visit Rwanda annually to offer skills and support. This volunteer component enables 100% of all funds raised here to go directly to Rwanda.

Partnerships the key to success

Embrace Rwanda provides a remarkable example of how developing relationships, establishing partnerships and building on the strengths and resilience of a very vulnerable population has created an environment for healing and growth. A five year evaluation has recently been completed, showing a significant difference in health outcomes. With this proven success, other regions and countries in Africa are interested in adopting the Embrace Rwanda model.

Foundational to the success and sustainability of these initiatives is the collaboration between and among many sectors of government and non-governmental agencies in Rwanda, Canada, the United Kingdom and the USA to provide education, support and funding.

Embrace Rwanda embodies mutual respect and understanding. The Rwandan journey out of the darkness of genocide cannot be ignored.  As one Embrace Rwanda participant noted, “You have brought out our sorrows. It is very important.” The project’s Rwandan partners and participants are determined to move forward with hope, in the spirit of reconciliation. This creates sustainability and self-sufficiency, the two primary goals of local Rwandans.

Through the power of many partnerships, Embrace Rwanda is working and growing, creating a bridge between poverty and hope for a healthy future.

For more information

To learn more about Embrace Rwanda and for details about Francis Gakuba’s presentations,

please contact Hilary King at hilary.king@embracerwanda.org  or call 604 929 1837

 

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