Germany Aims to Strengthen Relationship With Rwanda

Peter Fahrenholtz, the German Ambassador to Rwanda has reaffirmed his country’s commitment to maintain close ties with Rwanda.

New Times reporter, Emmanuel Ntirenganya wrote that Fahrenholtz said that Germany was committed to supporting Rwanda’s transformation in areas such as decentralization, economic development and vocational training. He urged the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to visit Germany and encourage investors to come and invest in various lucrative sectors in Rwanda.

Germany and Rwanda have a great deal in common, and Fahrenholtz and others are impressed with Rwanda’s ability to recover and emerge after the tragedy of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi that claimed more than one million lives. You can read more about what Fahrenholtz said at this event here


Rwanda’s National Volunteer Service with 40,000 Youth Volunteers

On January 22, 2013 Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, launched the national voluntary service with more than 40,000 youth lined up to engage in the three-month service. This three-month period is a tradition passed down generationally that allows Rwandan youth the opportunity to take part in patriotism and nationalism, and, “…Our youth will get a chance to fight evil in society and assist in developing the nation with hands-on experience,” the PM said.

Read more here.


Rwanda Set to Celebrate World Environment Day reports “Rwanda will join the world in the celebration of World Environment Day (WED) on June 5 to be held under the theme “Green Economy: Does it
include you?””

“This is preceded by the ongoing National Environment Week dedicated to activities to raise awareness on environmental
sustainability which kicked off last Saturday.”

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The Latest News from the Motherland


By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA
So as many of you know, I am very passionate about what goes on throughout the continent of Africa, and there are some countries that I zoom in on the most (Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda, DRC, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, and several others). I wanted to share the latest happenings and headlines with you, so that you too can expand your mind and vision beyond what you see and read in American media. Enjoy, and of course share your thoughts if you like.
Sudan: Locals Taking Part in Ethiopia’s Trade, Bazaar *
 A number of Sudanese firms and businessmen are taking part at a trade
 and bazaar in Ethiopia’s Amhara state.,41222

South Africa: Will Country Continue to Buckle Under Pressure
 From China?
 As the ANC celebrates its 100 years of existence, South Africa this
 year faces a number of important foreign policy decisions, including
 how to manage its relations with China.
South Africa: ANC At 100 – From Struggle to Power *
 Africa’s oldest liberation movement celebrated 100 years in power on
 Sunday. The highlight should have been a speech by ANC leader Jacob
 Zuma, but while his dancing may have entertained, his words didn’t.
* Zimbabwe: Chinese Become Unwelcome Guests *
 Alec Marembo has built his family fortune making bricks in
 Dzivarasekwa, a sprawling high-density suburb north of the capital of
 Zimbabwe. But due to the economic crisis of the last decade, his
 fortune started crumbling. Although he could break even when the
 downturn started, he finally gave in to competition from the Chinese.

Rwanda: Genocide Suspect Living in Canada Faces Deportation *
 Rwandan scholar Léon Mugesera, who has been living in Canada
 since 1993 was notified on December 27 that he would face deportation
 on January 12, his lawyer told Canadian media on Friday.
Rwanda: Law On Organ Donation Might Remove Taboo and Save Lives *
 A new ministerial order makes it possible for people to volunteer to
 be an organ donor. For that to succeed, some resistance, especially
 from certain religious groups, will have to be overcome.

Copyright 2012. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Highlights of Efforts Towards Improving Education and More for Rwandan Children

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA

I ran across two stories impacting Rwandan children and of course, their teachers, families and communities that brought a smile to my face. The first article is about Rwandan children speaking up and sharing their views about education, their needs, and what they hope to gain from he dialogue with adults and country leaders.

Something else that brought a smile to my face is the thought that with positive change for one community and one nation, also brings the potential for positive change in other communities and nations. The second article that I have included below speaks to how a positive change and need in Rwanda will also benefit those in Kenya.

Please read and if so inclined, share your thoughts.

Rwanda: Children Need Role Models
The Just-concluded 7th National Children’s Summit offered Rwandan
children the perfect platform to air their views before adults and
the country’s leaders on matters affecting them and how they want
them solved.

Jobs Galore for Teachers as Rwanda Seeks Tutors
Rwanda is planning to hire at least 4,000 teachers from the East
African Community this month, opening an employment window for
thousands of unemployed teachers in the region.

Copyright 2012. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Rwanda: State a Leader in Peace and Security – U.S. Envoy

The outgoing US ambassador to Rwanda, Stuart Symington has said that
Rwanda has become one of the world’s leading countries in the
preservation of peace and security in Africa and the entire world.

Rwanda: Over 100 Mpanga Inmates to Graduate in Bible Studies

Encouraging news today….According to news reporter Stevenson Mugisha of The New Times, 139 inmates at Mpanga Prison in Nyanza District, Southern Province, are set to graduate in various biblical courses as a means of promoting peace, unity and reconciliation in the country.

Life Imprisonment for Genocide in Rwanda: Justice is Coming

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA

Yesterday the Government of Rwanda welcomed the June 24th decision by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to sentence Pauline
Nyiramasuhuko, former Minister for Family and Women Affairs, her son Arsène Shalom Ntahobali, and Elie Ndayambaje, the former Bourgmestre of Muganza, to life imprisonment for the horrific Genocide crimes against the Tutsi in 1994.

The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) said that sentencing the “Butare clique” of Nyiramasuhuko, Ntahobari, Joseph Kanyabashi, Elie Ndayambaje, Sylvain Nsabimana and Alphonse Nteziryayo is a milestone because these were solely responsible for planning and executing the genocide in Butare.

“Nyiramasuhuko is the first woman to be sentenced on genocide crimes, especially on grounds that she incited her son to rape Tutsi women, among other things, it is the first time mother and son have been convicted at the same time,” said Jean de Dieu Mucyo, the Executive Secretary of CNLG.

In an editorial written by the Sunday Times, these words ring true and loud, “It is important that all countries, where fugitives may be living, understand the need to bring to justice those suspected of participating in the Genocide, as a means of bringing an end to impunity. This will facilitate healing for the survivors.”

In related news, Serena Hotel-Rwanda hosted a memorial service yesterday that brought together all religious denominations to pray for unity, reconciliation and fight the Genocide ideology in the country. The service, which is part of the hotel’s activities to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, was organized by the Gates of Heaven Ministries, a hotel cathedral in partnership with Ibuka, under the theme ‘let the Church’s efforts that was put in planning and conducting the Genocide be the same used in rehabilitating the hearts of many.’

Last Thursday, staff at Butare University Teaching Hospital (CHUB) held a night vigil to remember victims of the 1994 Genocide. Jean Pierre Bucyensenge, a reporter for The New Times wrote that, “For the second time, they honoured over 67 Tutsi, including the hospital’s former employees, who were killed at the hospital.Testimonies indicated that instead of helping wounded Tutsi who sought assistance at the hospital, some nurses and doctors abandoned them, or at worst, killed them.”

There is a long road ahead in healing, justice, forgiveness, and learning for not only Rwandans and other Africans, but for the entire world. We each must learn from this horrific Genocide and do our parts to spread love, hope, understanding, dignity, and forgiveness to all mankind.


Mother’s Day 2011- Clessence’s Story

As a supporter of Women for Women International I of course had to share this with all of you. This information can be found on Women for Women International’s YouTube page:

This Mother’s Day send a message to a mother you care about by sending a gift to Women for Women International. Choose a virtue that is close to your heart and share her story – like Clessence from Rwanda. She is a twenty-nine-year-old mother to a girl and a boy. Before joining the Women for Women International program, Clessence performed manual labor, cultivating others’ gardens so she could have a source of food. Clessence and her husband are divorced, and her husband never provided any support — not even for their three-year-old son’s medical care. Send an eCard to an important women in your life today! Visit:

Copyright 2011. Natasha L. Foreman