During the four
weeks of the programme, from March 9th to April 1st 1999, Edwin,
Geoffrey and Joel added to this site with stories and photos of
life in Rwanda, and their work with child families. Mathilde and
Goretti contributed their expertise as translators.
They also answered
students' questions and communicated with registered schools through
weekly faxes and audioconferences.
Frushone, communications manager Jambo.
name is Joel Frushone, World Vision Rwanda communications manager.
I am originally from the United States, but currently live in Kigali,
the capital of Rwanda. Although you might not believe so, living
one degree south of the equator is quite comfortable. The days are
not too hot and the nights can be very cool.
Prior to joining World Vision, I worked in New York City producing
television commercials. Before that I was a volunteer with the United
States Peace Corps. For over two years, I worked with women and
children developing vegetable gardens in the mountain kingdom of
Lesotho. I am very happy to have the opportunity to again live and
work in Africa.
the next month I will be travelling throughout the country collecting
stories and photographs to share with you daily. Do enjoy the exchanges
planned on the web site and the excitement of learning about Rwanda.
Asante, operations director
Hello. My name is Edwin Asante. I have been working with World Vision
Rwanda for the past four years. I am presently the Operations Director
and my job includes ensuring that all projects are running properly
so that poor communities could be helped to develop into rich communities.
I come from Ghana and have been trained to be an agronomist as well
as an irrigation and drainage engineer.
Ngiruwonsanga Sserwadda, child protection and development manager
My name is Geoffrey Ngiruwonsanga Sserwadda, World Vision Rwanda
Manager for Child Protection and Development. Easier said, I supervise
activities which are community based, but child focused in Kigali
Ville. The number one priority of all the work my team and I undertake
is child families.
Prior to joining World Vision, I was a member of Rwanda's National
Commission for the Demobilization and Reintegration of Combatants
[war veterans]. Daily, I worked with "child soldiers," reintegrating
them into society. Earlier, before returning to Rwanda, I was born
and raised in Uganda as a son of a refugee, I had worked with "Stitchting
Redt een Kind" / "Help a Child Grow," a Dutch agency assisting street
and vulnerable children.
My history is where the motivation to work with troubled children
is rooted. As a child I had the unfortunate experience of living
on the tough and unforgiving streets of Kampala, Uganda's capital
city. The impact such had on me further opened my understanding
of the suffering many children endure. This opportunity has determined
my career choices in life. Rwanda, my motherland, I love. The capacity
that my fellow Rwandans possess to cope with and grow from that
which they experienced during the 1994 genocide, continually amazes
me. Happy I am that you are able to learn more about orphans who
take on the role of "parents" and the difficulties they experience.
It is my hope that you develop by the end of this exciting programme
a better understanding of Rwanda's child families.
My name is Mukesharugo Mathilde. I am a Rwandan mother of two children,
Umufasha my six year-old daughter and Ngenzi my five year-old son.
The 1994 genocide made me both a widow and a survivor.
I have been working with World Vision Rwanda for nearly five years.
I started as an Administrative Assistant in the Agriculture Department
and currently work as a Customer Support Services Officer in the
Child Sponsorship Department. My job includes liaisons between children
and their sponsors. Having only begun sponsorship this year, we
have registered 6,000 children, our department is rather busy. Before
joining World Vision, I worked with the Ministry of Youth.
A focus in my life has always been assisting people less fortunate
than I, with a special consideration on children. This is because
as a single mother, I have found that raising children, especially
orphans, requires a tremendous amount of strength and love.
New Millennium! My name is Goretti Uwamariya. I am a widow of the
1994 genocide and mother to Jessica, my five year-old daughter.
I joined World Vision Rwanda in 1996 as a telephone and radio operator,
back in the days when World Vision was concentrating on providing
relief to our war-torn country. Now, I work in the Child Sponsorship
Department as a Customer Support Services Officer. My dream is to
see that each and every one of our 6,000 registered children receives
Having worked with World Vision for these past four years has given
me great pleasure. I feel as if I am doing my small part to assist
in the development of Rwandan's many orphans. It is my hope that
my contribution, when added to that of my colleagues, has enhanced
the lives of the children of Rwanda whom are in the greatest of