“When you help one child, you’re helping a lot of children through them.”
Everything stops when genocide happens. Children’s education is stunted, economies collapse and healthcare facilities decline rapidly. Families and communities are fractured, taking generations to repair.
When Aegis was developing the Kigali Genocide Memorial, the team interviewed over 2,000 people and quickly realized that despite strong growth in Rwanda since 1994, significant numbers of those most affected by the genocide could not meet basic needs.
Face to face with the emotional, financial and health challenges experienced by these survivors, Aegis staff felt compelled to help. What started with staff members donating to assist survivors in difficult circumstances has since been formalized with the Rebuilding Lives programme. Through it, Aegis aims to bridge the gap for those most in need and care for those who inspire us in our fight against genocide.
Anne Marie says: “Looking back, my circumstances after the genocide were in reality quite hopeless. I had no job or house and no means of supporting myself or the remains of my family. Now, thanks to the help I’ve had, the future is looking brighter.”