The annual Christmas party gathers together the vulnerable children and youth sponsored by YEGO Rwanda. It’s a time for them to meet, celebrate Christmas and the end of the year, and make plans for the new year.
The 2019 Christmas party took place on December 23 at Kigali Parents School. Forty-three children and youth attended, as well as three YEGO Rwanda staff, a guest speaker and a guest of honour.
Friend and supporter of YEGO Rwanda, Christine Magill recounts the stories of 10 immigrants in her new book, The Hope that Remains: Canadian Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. Christine explains why she wrote the book.
For many people the thought of reading a book about genocide survivors can be intimidating and difficult. What is important about this book is that the overall themes are those of hope and resiliency. It is about moving beyond the numbers or the headlines and instead hearing the stories and the voices of those who lived through the genocide and how they have found a way to live again after the genocide. I wanted readers to understand how survivors had lives and families and friends and be able to see the similarities to their own lives. Through these stories we are reminded of the power of humans to overcome, to be resilient, to forgive, to show compassion, and to find hope where no hope seems to exist. The lessons transcend the stories and teach us to reflect on our own lives and what is truly important. You will come away from reading this book touched by the lives of these incredible individuals.
A portion of the book’s royalties will be donated to YEGO Rwanda. To order your copy, or to learn more about the book, visit: The Hope That Remains.
Josianne is one of the students in the YEGO computer-assisted learning program. Not only is Josianne experiencing the joy of learning, she’s also experiencing what it means to be in community.
Josianne is an orphan, with no family to help her celebrate important milestones like birthdays. But last week her classmates got together and organized a party to mark the occasion, complete with candies, groundnuts and a small gift. The celebration included words of appreciation, encouragement for Josianne and a prayer.
There was a spirit of love, unity and solidarity in the classroom that day. What better way to build community, peace and hope for the future.
Students in the computer-assisted learning class celebrate their classmate’s birthday.