Our first stop in Kigali…visiting the Nyamirambo Women’s Center with a tour of the city there.
Once I arrived and made it to my room, I already felt like I’m home. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been waiting on this trip for two years or what but it feels like home. With visiting three memorials here of remembrance, I feel such an connection here. What happened here was unimaginable, however how much they have recovered and invested in themselves, is unbelievable. Rwandans are for Rwandans, not just for the individual. In the Anne Frank Project, we talk about We before Me. I truly didn’t understand that until being here now. Different worlds but there is so much familiarity I see with Rwandans. They are like me. So many things to talk about and share, such as the beauty and the food here, but there’s so much to learn here. So much I have already learned. What gifts I have to share already to bring back home!
Sending much love from me in Rwanda, Uri Mwiza. (You’re beautiful in Kinyarwanda) ❤️
My name is Jonise and I am the interim festival coordinator for the Anne Frank Project and proud alumni of SUNY Buffalo State with my bachelor's in theater and minor in dance. There are so many things to look forward to in Rwanda, but I am mostly excited to be embrace by the people there and to share this experience with the people going there with me.