A New Bottom Line

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Archive for August, 2016

The Fruits of Labor

For the past six days, we have covered hundreds of miles of Rwandan countryside visiting genocide memorial sites and NGOs that serve vulnerable populations still struggling to recover from the events of 1994. Everywhere we went we saw women laboring in farms and carrying mass amounts of their harvest in bags and baskets on theirREAD MORE

The Women of Rwanda

Before traveling to Rwanda, I read Jennie Burnet’s brilliantly researched book, Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, and Silence in Rwanda which provides detailed accounts of personal narratives of the women who survived the Rwanda genocide along with insights into the challenges and difficulties many of them have faced in post-genocide Rwanda. Their stories areREAD MORE

What It Means to Be Human

There is nothing that challenges one’s ability to understand what it means to be human more than visiting a country that has a history of genocide and to experience the resiliency and strength of the human spirit in the nation’s collective effort to recover, heal and transform decades of conflict into sustainable peace. And thatREAD MORE

The House That Love Built

When Arlene Brown retired at the age of 65, she thought she would enjoy a life of leisure and travel. But after two years of traveling the world, she came to realize that her real joy came from living a life of purpose and contribution. This desire to live purposefully is what led her toREAD MORE

Memory Keepers

  April 15, 1994, nine days after the start of the Rwanda Genocide, more than 7000 Hutu militia marched down a narrow lane toward the Nyarubuye convent and cathedral — a sacred place known to be a place of refuge for the vulnerable and those in need, which on this day was an estimated 35,000 Tutsi Rwandans.READ MORE

Peace in Action

Like many African countries, Rwanda is a country that struggles to properly care for its children leaving many children to suffer with a difficult life alone in the streets. Street children, as they are commonly referred to, have either have no families at all or have fled or been forced into the streets due toREAD MORE