August 9th, 2013
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The eldest of seven, Ms. Brown was born December 9, 1930 in Commodore Pennsylvania a small coal mining community. She is the mother of five, grandmother of 17 and Great Grandmother of 14. The majority of her life was spent as a housewife & mother, nurse, substitute teacher and finally as a group leader in a local electronics plant. As she says, “I was a very ordinary person doing ordinary things.” She feels that “From the beginning I was in training for the life I would lead after I retired from the work force. A life dedicated to serving needy, abused and abandoned children in Rwanda.” Ms. Brown grew up in a time when electricity, flush toilets, running water, paved roads, phones, television and computers were not common. She knew how to live without these things and “so the move to Rwanda was not such a hardship as it would be for youngsters today.” At age 65 Ms. Brown traveled to Zaire, currently the Democratic Republic of Congo, and spent three months working in refugee camps around the town of Goma. She believes that “children are the victims in any conflict.” Seeing the plight of the Rwandan children in Zaire, she was determined to return some day to make a difference in their lives. In 2006 after several trips to Rwanda, Ms. Brown sold her home, car and all her possessions and made the move to Rwanda to spend the rest of her life. Her heart is for orphans. Urukundo Foundation & Hope Made Real are the products of many who joined Ms. Brown in her mission to give hope to both the children and adults in Rwanda and to make their futures brighter.
Dr. Gertrude Fester is a feminist activist, educator, poet and writer from South Africa, who is a former Member of Parliament, and a Commissioner of the Gender Commission. Gertrude Fester has a long history of political activism focusing on women’s liberation within the national democratic struggle in South Africa. She has hence held various formal political portfolios post-1994 and has pioneered together with others, seminal NGOs working towards popularizing the African Feminist Charter and promoting a united Feminist Voice. Her key passions include transformation and education. Gertrude has a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from the London School of Economics. She has published widely, both fiction and non-fiction. Prior to 1994 she was an educator for 21 years and was inspired by the future teachers whom she trained. She is currently Professor at the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development, Kigali Institute of Education, Rwanda
Jacques Kayisire is the founder and vice-Chairman of the Association of Former Soccer Players (Association des Anciens Footballeurs du Rwanda) and operates a football academy known as the “Dream Team Football Academy”. He is also a chairperson of the youth Football Committee in Rwanda Football Association, FERWAFA. Jacques has also worked in the ICT sector and government administration sectors. His Dream Team Academy has won support from the Rwandan government among others for its mission to empower Rwandan youth to become confident, team-oriented leaders in their communities and by providing a safe and positive after-school environment.
Gilbert Munyemana is the Project Manager of the Teacher Self Learning Academy at Plan International Rwanda. the project he manages aspires to reengineer the teacher training system by bringing the Learning world in the hands of the teacher. This initiative will innovatively deliver the digital teacher learning content through easy-to-use digital hand-held devices (Ipod touch) that house a library of instructional videos and other educational applications (for English and Science) that can be used without internet access. The pilot project, sponsored by DFID and the government of Rwanda, aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Science and English in primary grades 5 & 6 by using innovative methods and appropriate technology to improve the teaching language, content and methodology. Before joining Plan International Rwanda, Gilbert was heading the Center for Instructional Technology at the National University of Rwanda. He received his first degree in Rwanda, his country of origin, and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in IT Applications in Management from the National University before joining the academic staff of the same institution. He specialized in IT applications in Education at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and was awarded a Masters of Education in the field of Educational Technology. Being one of the few highly qualified and experienced educational Technologists in Rwanda, Gilbert is working hand in hand with other stakeholders to facilitate the integration of ICT in education and explore ways to improve access and quality to/of Education in his country and in the region. He is now involved in different Educational technology initiatives and he is a member of the Taskforce on creating the first college of open and Distance learning in Rwanda.
Born in 1990, Angel Uwamahoro, fled the pre-genocide violence in Rwanda to Uganda as a newborn with her mother. Unlike many Rwandan refugees, she had a happy childhood in Kampala and was an active student involved in acting, singing, and dancing. At age seven, she and her mother moved to California, U.S.A where she continued to nurture her passion for art. In 2001, when her mother decided that they should return to Rwanda, Uwamahoro was very skeptical of what life would be in such “war-torn” country. At her arrival, she was very shocked to find a country of a thousand breathtaking hills, a beautiful culture and the people who predominantly spoke French and Kinyarwanda. Three years after, she was enrolled in a French speaking school which allowed her to become a fluent French speaker. Though school took up most of her time, she remained involved in acting, singing, and dancing. In 2005, she joined Mashirika, one of the best theater performing arts group in Rwanda where she has played many roles as a leading actress, travelling across the country and abroad, including the United States. In 2007, Uwamahoro represented Lycee De Kigali Secondary School at a three weeks youth leadership program in the USA, organized by the United States foreign affairs department. Upon her return, she was elected the Head Girl at her high school, presiding over 1500 students. Uwamahoro graduated high school successfully with a track record of leadership skills. Since then, she has taken on different job positions in the area of art, marketing and mass communication which have strengthened her leadership skills and fuelled her desire to study Theater and Performing arts. In her work as the National Coordinator of Aegis Students at the Kigali Genocide memorial center, she acquired more knowledge about the history of the genocide in Rwanda, which she hopes to teach through art. She is currently attending Monash University in South Africa, on a full presidential scholarship, where she studies Social Sciences while working as a freelance communications consultant, offering diverse services to different companies and international and local institutions in both the public and private sector in Rwanda. She is looking for a prestigious school in the U.S.A. with a great Theater and Performing Art program and hope to start in fall 2013. Uwamahoro’s dream is to acquire the necessary knowledge and experience to build a Rwandan Theater and Performing arts school in Rwanda.
Ariane Inkesha Has been evolving in peace initiatives for over 4 years in Rwanda as a public relations agent, researcher, consultant and project coordinator. As researcher and head of communications at the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP), main tasks include developing communication strategies, disseminating research results country wide, being the focal contact with donors and other civil society organizations, monitoring and evaluating progress markers and advocating for change using media. Also participates in coordinating some of the institute’s projects such as reinforcing women’s capacities in conflict resolution and prevention through experience sharing trips in post conflict countries. She is a founding member of Solid'Africa and has been its Vice-President since the inception of the NGO. Her main tasks include fund raising, raising awareness on health related issues and public relations. She is a member of the Young African Leaders Initiative launched by President Obama in 2010.
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