Teacher , Promoter
My existence is to praise God and help others.” These are the first words Marie Claudine( a Rwandan musician &performing artist and a genocide survivor orphan ) tells everybody who asks her about why she spends so much time, crossing Brooklyn streets on a busy schedule as if she is a CEO of a highly recommended company, or Police Officer responding to an emergence phone call; Thus, being made in image of God, to her, means to help others. Therefore, Claudine volunteers at Fort Green Stuyvesant Heights Center , where she entertains Senior Citizens with African Cultural Dance and Arts. Besides that, Claudine also crosses the street by going to the Brooklyn Elementary School , where she also volunteers to teach these young children about African Culture (Dancing and performing arts on stage.) Claudine is also not remitted to entertain the public with the Rwandan and African arts of cultural dancing, poetry, fashion shows (especially in promoting the beauty of African attire, and African beauty in Western World. But the most beautiful of all is her foundation “Kuki Ndiho” and orphanages based in Kigali/Rwanda, in which she dedicated herself to find a safe place for street kids whom their parents were killed during Rwandan Genocide of 1994. I must not forget to tell you that Claudine is also a survivor of Genocide who is still trying to find the meaning of her existence: “Kuki Ndiho?” meaning “Why do I exist?
Our society needs people like Marie Claudine MUKAMABANO . Her everyday contribution to the community around her is the true definition of the question “Who is my neighbor?”
May God bless her hands.
Daniel BAHATI ( AFRO HERITAGE MAGAZINE