Sneakers driver

“Jennifer Bellisario is very excited to be interning with Kuki Ndiho/Why I exist? in summer 2010! She is a graduate of The City College of New York, where she majored in music performance on the piano. In the fall, she will begin working on her Masters degree in ethnomusicology at Hunter College. Jennifer is interested in learni…ng about the music of different cultures, and how music can be used to convey powerful social messages. She believes that working with children in Kigali will help her expand upon her teaching skills. Jennifer’s goal in Rwanda is to share her knowledge with others, and inspire them to continue seeking to learn.”On this Picture you see Jennifer and Pacifique KUKI NDIHO Foundation Coordinator in Rwanda speaking to the children before  giving them  sneakers  July 3,2010 at Gisimba Orphanage

Pacifique and Jennifer talked to the orphans at Gisimba in Kigali, Rwanda, before distributing the new sneakers we sent to them on May 1st, 2010.
These new shoes were collected by my Family Church, St. Vincent Martyr Roman Catholic in Madison NJ. The sneaker drive was part of the action for charities of the 2010 Lent Season sponsored by the Christian Formation and Kuki Ndiho Foundation, inspired by Marie Claudine Mukamabano’s story.

The W.I.E (Why I Exist ?/Kuki Ndiho?)foundation was founded by Marie Claudine Mukamabano, an influential speaker, artist, and human rights activist. Marie Claudine is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide who has since found a purpose for her existence in helping Rwandan orphans live to their fullest potential. W.I.E is dedicated to the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual healing of the lives of the thousands of orphans living in Rwanda today. We succeed at this by producing a vast array of projects which include creating and managing orphanages, implementing education and training programs, providing social services, supporting community and art therapy centers as well as executing numerous media activism campaigns on behalf of orphans via KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT .

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Marie Claudine – Survivor of Genocide in Rwanda

Marie-Claudine Mukamabano – broken past, bright future Dancer, Actress Some people are just inspiration personified. Marie-Claudine witnessed the horrors of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 firsthand, but today, she’s an up-and-coming dancer and actress in Brooklyn, N.Y., and living proof that there is hope after tragedy. “I just got here one year [ago],” she says. “It’s hard and everybody’s struggling — but when I dance, I feel good.” Her bright smile and bubbly personality transfer that good feeling to anyone within close proximity to this beauty, and her ambition is limitless. Also an accomplished singer and artist, Claudine’s talents know no bounds. “I do lots of stuff [because] I grew up in a Catholic Youth Movement,” explains Marie. “I got exposed when I was very young.” Her involvement in the youth movement helped her gain entry into the film and entertainment industry in Rwanda fairly easily, but it was a different story across the Atlantic. “When I came [to America], I told everyone I wanted to act, but I didn’t know that you had to audition!” Marie-Claudine hasn’t forgotten the atrocities that she witnessed. She participated in Rwanda Path to Peace’s U.N.-sponsored basket weaving program to fortify unity and peace among the country’s Hutu and Tutsi populations. She has also spoken about her experiences at conferences. “I survived the genocide over there,” she shares. “But when I meet people [here] and say ‘I’m from Rwanda,’ everyone’s so excited and wants to help!” With a little help from her friends, and a lot of talent, there’s no stopping Marie-Claudine from ascending in her new surroundings. It would be foolish to expect anything less. -todd williams
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1 Response to Sneakers driver

  1. claudinetv says:

    With much grace and hopeful spirit, Marie Claudine Mukamabano, a Rwandan performing artist and survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, spoke about the need for awareness of the tragedies facing Africa today at a World AIDS Day 2007 meeting at Good Counsel Academy on Dec. 1.

    Orphaned at the age of 14 as her family and fellow tribe members were violently killed around her, Mukamabano today talks about the simple joy of being alive. She has 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 educate people about HIV/AIDS, extreme poverty, and the current genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.

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