Francis Gabuka: Forgiveness Following the Rwandan Genocide

Date(s) - October 25, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

North Lonsdale United Church

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Francis Gakuba, himself a survivor of the genocide, is Embrace Rwanda’s Program Director in Kigeme, Rwanda. He will be in Vancouver from October 10th until November 13th. During his visit he will tour the Lower Mainland giving presentations about his life experience working for reconciliation following the genocide, the success of the Embrace Rwanda model, the strength of this type of sustainable partnership and the many new opportunities for health and development springing to life in the Southern Province under Embrace Rwanda’s leadership. Mr. Gakuba is a powerful, inspiring speaker. All are welcome to come and hear him. 

Francis Gakuba is speaking at the following locations starting at 7:30pm.

Come and meet him and hear his inspiring story of forgiveness following the Rwandan genocide.

Friday, October 25thNorth Lonsdale United Church, 3380 Lonsdale Ave. North Vancouver

Thursday, November 7th Lynn Valley Church, 1160 East 29th Street, North Vancouver

Tuesday, November 12thDunbarLutheranChurch, 3491, 31 Ave, Vancouver

Rwandan crafts for sale and refreshments provided 

About Embrace Rwanda

For the last five years a Vancouver-based charity, Embrace Rwanda, has helped to bring powerful, meaningful and sustainable change to Rwanda’s Southern Province. For a region hit hard by poverty, genocide and disease, the transformation is remarkable. Of the 75,000 people in this area of Rwanda, it is estimated that at least 24,000 have now benefited from the work of Embrace Rwanda.

Embrace Rwanda is a grassroots community development partnership between Canada and Rwanda. Under the leadership of North Vancouver’s Hilary King, the initial focus was to provide continuing support for poverty-stricken rural families through an initiative called the “Healthy Mums Project”. Five years later, the initiative stands on four pillars of community development and support: maternal/child health, early childhood education, building capacity through a  Vocational Training Centre and a community economic development/ savings and credit program to support the development of small business. In Canada, the charity is run entirely by volunteers, many of whom visit Rwanda annually to offer skills and support. This volunteer component enables 100% of all funds raised here to go directly to Rwanda.

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