Courtney has her B.S. in International Trade & Marketing with a minor in Asian Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Realizing the potential for the fashion industry to change the world, Courtney has spent a majority of her professional and educational career helping to mobilize the fashion community to consider sustainable and fair-trade alternatives, while raising awareness in the classrooms and on the streets of New York City. While volunteering for various human rights organizations such as Bread for the World and Stop Child Trafficking Now, Courtney felt a calling to be with the suffering. She answered that calling by taking part in an internship in May of 2009 at a rehabilitation center for former child soldiers in Northern Uganda. Returning to the U.S. three months later, Courtney was overwhelmed by the poverty she witnessed. Feeling compelled to help the people of Africa
Carolyn grew up in northern New Jersey, where she currently resides, however she works on film projects based in New York City. She graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts with a BA in photography/video and cultural anthropology with a focus on immigration, violence, and social and economic inequalities. She enjoys riding horses and listening to jazz. Carolyn met Claudine during the summer of 2009 while working on a documentary about a family being reunited after surviving the genocide in Congo. Since they’ve met, Carolyn has been working with Claudine on her video projects that will raise awareness about finding and negotiating peace, the issues of genocide, and orphans in Rwanda.
Mike Smith Rivera A graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, the Institute of Canadian Clowning, Syracuse University, and retired professor of Mask and Gesture at the Strasberg Institute.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, he has acted, performed, and directed all over NYC, in Eastern Europe, and on every single train line end to end since 1997. Between acting, voice-overs, improv, and music, he runs a production company with Missus Clown that specializes in all aspects of film and theater production. In addition to fulfilling his responsibilities as a performer, he teaches group and private classes in clown and physical theatre, and has been consulting internationally since 2002. Thank you for visiting.
David is 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 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
Aaron Lackman, Director of Special Projects
Living and working in New York, Aaron helps facilitate Kuki Ndiho’s New York operations while working closely with its Founder and Director Marie Claudine Mukamabano. Aaron’s first involvement with Kuki Ndiho was in 2008, coordinating a sneaker drive in partnership with St. Vincent Martyr Catholic Church of Madison, New Jersey which collected over 1,200 pairs of sneakers for Orphans in Rwanda. Since he has assisted Kuki Ndiho make presentations to Universities, schools and other local organizations to help promote awareness of Kuki Ndiho’s ongoing work and mission as well as speaking engagements.
If you want to contribute to our project please CALL 347 465 4045
or send your donation to:
KUKI NDIHO RWANDA ORPHANS SUPPORT PROJECT
583 Throop Avenue, Brookyln, NY 11216
Thank you and Peace be with you
Marie Claudine Mukamabano
Ambassador for Peace