When my studio was chosen by Women for Women International to design their Women’s Opportunity Center (WOC) in Rwanda, I knew I was embarking on a life-changing journey. Rwanda is a fascinating country, filled with astonishingly beautiful scenery, yet unimaginable suffering. After the genocide, Rwanda became female-dominated (today women make up [...]
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On a recent visit to Rwanda, I made a visit to a few grocery stores and found the milk section lacking, except in Nakumatt, which situates itself within the market as a high end grocery store chain. On the same trip, Uganda provided the same story. This is no surprise [...]
September 18th marked the official start of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. In the coming weeks, leaders of the international organization’s 193 member states will convene at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, among them statesmen and women from 50 African countries.
What might come as a surprise is that Washington D.C. has a higher HIV rate than the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and 28 other African countries. The District and the rest of the U.S. are now looking to Africa for lessons and ideas.
Just 17 years ago, civil war in Rwanda culminated in a horrific 100-day genocide that killed between 800,000 and 1,000,000 citizens. Today, however, the country is making notable strides towards the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, and against all odds has doubled the life expectancy of its citizens.
Every day here is an adventure in which I learn more and fall more in love with Rwanda.