Stories For Hope Rwanda has been busy and active in our new mission to help young orphans use their new hope to fuel new opportunities ! Here’s our report:
1/A group of Stories For Hope participants assembled at our office in Kicyuro to speak passionately about their experiences to a group of officials from the District of Remera, and the Ministry of Immigration. Several were young women and orphans. The meeting was private, of course, designed to give SFH participants a chance to be frank and honest. Afterward, we heard this is what the officials took away:
- They are using their dialogues with elders toward peace-making efforts within their own clubs and organizations.
- They have benefited personally, and are more optimistic and focused about their futures.
- And they are spreading the word with their friends and family member to break the silences, and close the generation gap.
2/We have achieved our Registration in the District of Remera, using this long process to study our own organization, and commit to finding new ways to help our participants use their newly found hope to drive their economic situations upward. We continue to believe that “hope is not a business plan” and new optimism must be met with new opportunities for training and education.
Beginning this summer, in a renewed partnership with Never Again Rwanda, we will offer skill training to new participants, and to a core group of our alumni.
3/Our Director, Patricia Pasick, continues our involvement at Agahoza Shalom Youth Village, in Rwamagana. ASYV is an orphanage for teenagers. Dr. Pasick is helping train mental health staff in trauma and grief counseling, and helping the executive team design a follow-through evaluation.
4/ Tambo Nelson, in-country manager, is spending a lot of time at The National Archives of Rwanda (NAR). NAR has received our CD collection of dialogues, and is working with us, and The University of Michigan, to create a special exhibit of Stories For Hope, one that features a multi-user listening station for ordinary citizens to use, as well as scholars.
That exhibit will open on September 6, and a special reception for past participants and staff will be held on Saturday, September 8.