The Hope that Remains: Canadian Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide

Christine Magill on a visit to Rwanda.

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.

Christine Magill

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.

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Annual Fundraising Dinner


Come help celebrate and support the work of YEGO Rwanda. You can really make a difference.

Event details

Friday, November 15, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s United Church, 9915 – 148 St., Edmonton

  • 5:30 – 6:30: Wine and cheese welcome
  • 6:30 – 8:00: African-inspired dinner (free-will offering)
  • 8:00 – 9:00: Presentations and Rwandan dancers

Discover what a difference your support makes

This year’s presentations feature:

  • Dr. Kae Neufeld, women’s retreat and computer-assisted learning facilitator
  • Christine Magill, author of The Hope that Remains

We are now set up to receive electronic donations!

  1. Visit
  2. Hit “Donate Now”
  3. Choose YEGO Rwanda from the menu
  4. Enter your donation information

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YEGO Rwanda 2019 Annual Report

It’s been a busy year and YEGO Rwanda has a lot to show for it! Learn all about our ongoing programs and new initiatives.

Read the 2019-AnnualReport.



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UPDATE: computer-assisted learning program

See the May report on YEGO’s computer-assisted learning (CAL) program. Learn about its objectives, outcomes and recommendations.

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Creating bonds of friendship

Students in the computer-assisted learning program are not only learning new skills, they’re also forming friendships and creating community.

This week the students took up a collection and threw a party for one of their classmates, Dianne. This program is proving to be successful on many levels!

A birthday celebration for Dianne, one of the students in the computer-assisted learning program.

The technical instructor Pascal presents Dianne with her birthday card.

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More than a computer class…


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.

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A Message from Dr. Emmanuel Gatera

25th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

April 7, 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The genocide left more than 1 million Tutsi and moderate Hutu dead and millions of Rwandans traumatized and in desolate conditions.


Map of Rwanda

The genocide lasted 100 days, from April to July. During this period, all Rwandans remember both the tragedy and the failure of humanity to help save lives. General Romeo Dallaire, a Canadian UN peacekeeping commander in Rwanda at that time, is an eloquent witness of this situation, as demonstrated in the following quote from his book, Shake Hands with the Devil (2004).

Rwanda will never ever leave me. It’s in the pores of my body. My soul is in those hills, my spirit is with the spirits of all those people who were slaughtered and killed that I know of, and many that I didn’t know. … Fifty to sixty thousand people walking in the rain and the mud to escape being killed, and seeing a person there beside the road dying. We saw lots of them dying. And lots of those eyes still haunt me, angry eyes or innocent eyes, no laughing eyes. But the worst eyes that haunt me are the eyes of those people who were totally bewildered.

Most of the women and youth who survived the genocide still live with poverty, in challenging conditions and struggle with trauma. This is a critical and emotional time for the survivors because it reminds them of the loss of family members, friends and family properties, and violence and rape for some.

On the other hand, many women and youth related to the perpetrators of the genocide also live in poverty, dealing with shame and trauma due to violence. They too have experienced challenging circumstances both in Rwanda and in exile in neighbouring countries.

The 25th commemoration comes with traumatic crises but also with hope for the future. It is indeed joyful to realize that despite the destructive nature of the 1994 genocide, the post- genocide Rwanda has been characterized by impressive developments.

The government of Rwanda has managed to bring all Rwandans together to rebuild their country in all sectors of life, but especially in the areas of peace, unity and reconciliation. Though a small country, Rwanda is currently doing well economically in business, IT, tourism, environmental protection, education, health and more.

But there are still many vulnerable women and youth who are struggling with poverty and trauma and need support. Yego Rwanda was founded to help address their needs by providing healing retreats, counselling services, education and food support.


Women and girls participating in a trauma-healing retreat in Gihindamuyaga.  The retreats are organized by Yego Rwanda and facilitated by Dr. Kae Neufeld.

Yego Rwanda is looking forward, exploring ways of guiding and supporting women and youth to help them develop themselves, meet their needs and heal. Initiatives of interest include co-operatives, savings and lending, cooking, crafts-making and sewing.

Yego Rwanda is deeply grateful to our sister charity Yego Canada, and all who support our ministry, for being part of this crucial work and providing critical support.

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