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In Memoriam: Jean-Cloude Tuyishime

In November 2017, the sad news reached us that Jean-Cloude Tuyishime had died. He had just turned thirteen. Only when we went back in 2018, did we hear the whole story. Jean-Cloude was ill-treated in prison, where he had ended up after stealing a cell phone. His wounds were not attended to and he sustained an infection. His mother had no money to bring him to the hospital. Jean-Cloude dreamt of becoming a soldier, than president. His short life was dominated by hunger, wandering and beatings. But also by the adventures he underwent with his big brother Hirwa. The last two years he lived with his mother again. One of […]

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Sep 2018: Ani and Paulien went back to Rwanda

Our last visit was in September 2018. We visited Hirwa and his mother in Kigali. We went to Kibuye, where Solomon Gakuru still lives (and is perfectly happy) with his adoptive mother Xaverine. We went to the former orphanage, turned into an agricultural school. Our good friends Ery and Marcel, who grew up in the orphanage as well, joined us. We passed by Samuel Habineza’s new home and went into Mugonero village with Fisto. For the project of the Australian couple the Johnsons “A life less ordinary” we also visited Rebecca, Suzanna Nyandwi and a new youngster from the babyhome, now in need of support: Perere. And last but not […]

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November 3 the Hague: Joini us for a debate on In my dreams

On November 3 we organise, together with Humanity House in The Hague, a debate about our project. See for more information and for tickets here.

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Film screening and artist talk: In my dreams I want to become a tourist

The Rwandan government closes all orphanages because they do not fit the new (economic) status the country aspires. The children are better off with their own family or a foster family, is their argument. Photographer Anaïs López, journalist Paulien Bakker and filmmaker Anisleidy Martínez followed the brothers Hirwa (13) and Jean-Cloude (11) as they went back to their mother Fareeda. Fareeda is 27 years old and too poor to care for them. Still, she is forced to take the boys in. The brothers begin laboriously to a new life in her small cabin with single bed. Will they make it together? The 24-minute film is the heart of the exhibition […]

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What happened to the orphans?

Read our stories on Al Jazeera http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/12/closure-rwanda-genocide-orphanages-exacts-heavy-toll-151215114710827.html Narratively The Grandchildren of Genocide    

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Great news: goal photo auction is reached!

Great news: we’ve reached our goals for the photo auction! It’s amazing. More news will follow soon, we’re still adding up the numbers. For now: it seems the system got overheated – so many bids, so many emails to send (yes we’re smiling!). It has been sending a few too many. People have been receiving up to 13 emails congratulating them with winning one bid. Apologies for that, we’re working on it. We are very happy with your contribution, but indeed, no need to shout it into your ear… Thank you to everybody for your contribution!

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What is there to do in the coming weeks to support this project?

– Marjo van Kleeff is organizing the Art TastE on Thursday evening, an event with good food, live music and artist Joost Heetman (see www.joostheetman.com). He will talk about his work. Tickets cost € 40, – including an amazing three-course dinner. You can subscribe by sending an email to: marjo@artangels.nl. Or look for more information here: www.facebook.com/arttasteamsterdam – Ian Gaukroger is giving two piano concertos on his houseboat in Amsterdam, on the 6th and 20th of September in the afternoon. Tickets are almost sold out, so be quick to book your seat: paulien.bakker@wxs.nl. – Suzanne Cornelissen is organizing a clothing swap. You bring clothes for charity and can bid on […]

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Un carnet qui peut envoyer nos orphelins à l’école

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Un cuaderno que puede enviar nuestros huérfanos a la escuela

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A photo notebook for our orphans

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