Transformation through life's most difficult challenges - how Marie Claudine, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide is using her tragic experience to help orphans in Rwanda
"(Magdalene with Marie Claudine¬†Mukamambana, New York) Yesterday, I had the pleasure and privilege to meet with multiple award winner, Marie Claudine¬†Mukamambana who lost her¬†parents, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, loved ones, friends, classmates, and fellow countrymen during the Rwandan Genocide, when she was only a teenager. What touched me the most was that she has used this tragedy to find meaning in life and to give back to the orphans of Rwanda through her non-for profit organization ¬†Whydoiexisit.org. Her Catholic faith inspired her to seek the answer to the question of KUKI NDIHO? (Why do I exist?-Pourquoi J‚Äôexiste?). This question now serves as the name of her organization, which has an extensive fundraising program in New York, as well as a presence in Belgium and South Africa. The thousands of dollars raised thus far continue to support hundreds of orphans in Rwanda. ¬†You can read more of Marie Claudine's work on her website and also download her book - the Power of Social Media. She is also working on her second book, 'Forgiveness: ¬†A Transformation Power from Pain to a Joyful Lifestyle.' ¬†Please do look up her website to read more of her work. Over the years I have met several¬†survivors of the Rwandan Genocide and who have shared their heartbreaking stories with me, long before I ever thought of blogging. I remember feeling emotionally paralyzed¬†¬†by the first man shared his story and told me that he had no blood family left but was so grateful to the Canadian family who had accepted him as a refuge and had treated him with the greatest kindness he could have wished for. Although I knew¬†of the genocide, it was impersonal to me until I met a real human being who was able to share his experience with me. At that particular time in my life, I was going through my own personal challenges but after listening to his story, I had much less sympathy for myself and started being more grateful for the opportunities I had to solve my problems and not lament over them. ¬†This man who had lost everyone in his life, ¬†found a way to accept and to be happy. ¬†In comparison to what he had gone through, my problems were insignificant.
Sometimes the difficulties and challenges we go through in life can leave us broken with a great feeling of despair. When we meet people like Marie, who have risen above such horrific challenges and who still has love and joy in her life, it inspires us to do the little that we can do to uplift humanity and to find a way out of our own pain.What is your deep sorrow?
- Feeling that no one is listening to you?
- Losing your job?
- No money?
- Lack of sleep?
- A divorce?
- No money to buy this great brand name bag?