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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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Helping out

We help a few children to school. We do this through the Victor Monroy Trust that we’ve set up. This small foundation was originally established in 2006 to finance the Babyhome. When the orphanage closed, the goal of the foundation changed along. The money that was collected when Solomon Gakuru, Samuel Habineza and Suzanne Nyandwi were still babies, is now going to school fees for the same and a few other children. Treasurer Bram Jaquet was prepared to stay on, together with the new chairman Ian Gaukroger and secretary Paulien Bakker. If you want to know more about the foundation, send us an email. In Rwanda we closely work together […]

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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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80 photographers provide work for orphans in Rwanda

Some 80 photographers have given a picture from their own collections away to help orphans in Rwanda go to school. The photographers participating include Diana Blok, Vincent Mentzel, Eddy Posthuma de Boer, Laura Samson, Marieke van der Velden, Rob Hornstra, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Geert van Kesteren, Carel van Hees and Carla Kogelman (who won first prize at the World Press Photo exhibition last year). Among the selection are beautiful, poignant, historical, current, and award-winning photographs. The minimum prize is € 100,-. Rwanda is closing all its orphanages. The children have had to return to families. But a pilot study by Tulane University revealed that half of the children who had returned […]

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Did you just….?!

Photo taken by the “last orphans” of Rwanda.
“Did you just fart?” Foto tomada por los “últimos huérfanos” de Ruanda.
“¿Te tiraste un pedo? @paulienbakker @missie_lopez @aniscuba

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What relaxes me

Photo taken by the “last orphans” of Rwanda.
“I took pictures of football and when doing different kinds of sports, also pushups. I feel happy when I play sports. It relaxes me. I like to be surrounded by other kids. When I’m with many kids I feel better than when I’m alone.” Emmanwel Tuyisenge (15). Foto tomada por los “últimos huérfanos” de Ruanda.
“Tomé fotos del fútbol y de otros tipos de actividades deportivas, también haciendo barra. Practicar deportes me hace feliz, me relaja. Me gusta estar rodeado por los otros niños. Cuando estoy entre muchos amigos me siento mejor que estando solo.” Emmanwel Tuyisenge (15).
https://www.onepercentclub.com/en/#!/projects/country-without-orphans @1percentclub @paulienbakker @aniscuba @missie_lopez

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