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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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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