SACRED CITY INC via Crowdrise
November 06, 2010
BENEFITING: SACRED CITY INC
Sixteen years ago, the world stood by and watched as this country literally self-destructed. Now we must come forward and help the survivors heal. Rwanda has been working to fight against the cycle of revenge and move towards reconciliation. Now Rwanda is one of the fastest developing African nations but the pain of lost loved ones has not been forgotten.
People have been hesitant to talk about forgiveness because, for so many, forgiving means condoning the atrocities, or even worse forgetting them. Forgiveness is for oneself and allows those who embrace it to take control of their lives, to heal and eventually be at peace with their grievances.
It has been studied that gardens aid in the healing process, whether it be a physical or emotional pain. We at the Gardens of Forgiveness want to do our part to help the people of Rwanda heal and move forward as a united country. It was Archbishop Desmond Tutu who said, “There is no future without forgiveness,” and while the international community failed Rwanda in 1994, it is possible for us to now partner with them to create a better future.
Two years ago Lyndon Harris was invited to a “Gathering of Forgiveness.” A group of Americans led by Reverend Harris went to learn more about Rwanda’s progress towards forgiveness and reconciliation. It was on this trip that they saw “whole communities of victims and perpetrators living side by side.” The courage of the Rwandans to embrace their new future is miraculous. In fact, they have much to teach us about forgiveness.
We at the Gardens of Forgiveness want all Rwandans to have that chance to forgive and heal. The road to forgiveness and reconciliation is always demanding, but such a journey is never taken alone. Let us rise up and help the Rwandans find their way to forgiveness.
Our non-profit will return to Kigali in April 2011 to work on developing a Garden of Forgiveness the government and people of Rwanda want to create, allowing them to honor the victims of the genocide as well as allowing the communities to heal and Rwanda to step into a brighter Future.