Ian: It is unbelievable what Nicholas and Elsie have done, and are doing for the ‘Ikirezi’ women, by providing them housing/a village when previously they had nothing. It was hard to listen to their stories, given that there was such raw emotion. They obviously cannot believe themselves that they have come from nothing to their current environment, and yet at the same time the trauma of their past was still raw and plain to see – an unbelievable experience.
Lisa: We had a trip to the Village of Hope, in which both Nicholas and Elsie are very heavily involved. This is a female only village which is currently being developed. However, they have run out of money. We heard from Grace, aged 26, who was 11 when she was orphaned during the genocide. Janet also told her story – tears all round! Each house costs $15,000 to build and each has its own outdoor toilet.
Ladies who live in the Village of Hope These women were on the streets – they had lost their husbands in the genocide. They had nothing to bring to these houses not even a mattress, so the houses are provided ready furnished. The plan is to complete the development, but they really need a health centre. We have come home to organise a series of events which will raise money for the health centre. A business man has promised to match every penny we make.