Organized by: Jenn Lyons
Update from Solange
June 14, 2016
During my time in Rwanda, I met an amazing woman named Solange. Solange worked as a Mama in the Nibakure Children’s Village orphanage, caring for the children. I never once heard her speak in her native Kinyarwanda or English, but she so extraordinarily embodied a force of love that she moved those who were there to our core.
Solange is a survivor of the 1994 genocide, during which she was brutally attacked. I do not have information on which of her loved ones were lost, but no one was left unscathed - thankfully she was escaped alive. Despite this horrific experience she continues to care for others and embodies unconditional love, peace and acceptance.
Solange would stand next to you and silently put her arms around you, lighting your body from top to bottom, tingly with the love she would wordlessly pour into you. She moved our group so much that many of us now use the word ‘Solange’ as an adjective to mean love.
I offered to help support her and supplement her income to ease her burden going forward. This is not about making her stand out in the community, but simply to ease the weight that she and so many others carry. She can use these funds for “nice to haves” – like newer clothing, shoes and more nutritious food. $1500 covers all of her living expenses for an entire year!!
Many have offered to join me and support Solange, so I’ve created this fundraiser and invite you to help sustain this remarkable woman – who, from across the ocean and against the odds, has impacted myself, the orphaned children, and so many others. If only there were more Solanges in this world…
‘Solange’ to you,