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Working together to bring sunshine and smiles back in the lives of the women from Bwira and their families

Read our president’s testimony here!

Abihuje The Ubuntu Centre  is a non for profit charity that was set up in France in 2010, with current members also based in the UK and in Belgium. Our vision is without borders. We work closely with the group of women ABIHUJE – meaning together - based in Bwira, in the West of Rwanda.

The Ubuntu Centre is an associated project of Women for a Change. More information can be found on the Safe World for Women website.

Vision

Ubuntu means the essence of humanity, generosity. The project of the Ubuntu Centre is to build and set up a community centre with and for the women from ABIHUJE so that they can thrive by sharing activities, learn from each other and regain confidence in themselves and in their qualities. The Ubuntu centre was also conceived to give children from Bwira the chance to grow up in peace, and to go beyond the recent history of war, genocide and trauma that their parents have endured.

Imagine…
… if it were you, near your house, in your town. Over there, they don’t talk of towns, they talk of hills.
The country of the thousand hills.

Imagine…
… A house that is different from any other, a symbolic place where your humanity meets the humanity of others.

You are always welcome.
Freedom and respect are one, you are at home.
A sharing space, the house where you are allowed to receive and to give.

One day your children will show this house to your grand-children and say: "We were brought up in dignity!"

Aims

AbihujeWe believe that everyone has an intrinsic value and has gifts to share. In post-genocide Rwanda, more than ever, it is vital to go beyond differences, to be and to do together. The Ubuntu Centre aims at fostering mutually supportive relationships through a skills exchange scheme, a self-help group and collective projects, in order to facilitate communication between members and to help them meet their basic needs.

We are currently supporting the basket-making craftwork of the women from ABIHUJE: you can view their work here. We started re-introducing organic farming and domestic composting in Bwira. The Ubuntu Centre will be built with local materials and will utilise renewable energy. We have also set up a programme of sponsoring children who need support to continue their education.

We believe that getting involved on a personal level to assist others brings joy, and is a way of taking the responsibility of our own humanity.

Our charter

  1. Giving what is possible, so that giving brings joy and fulfilment
  2. Giving, knowing that intermediaries are minimal
  3. Giving and receiving = getting to know each other, expanding our own perspective, exchanging skills and experiences
  4. Giving with respect, without wanting to change the other, and allowing him/her to give in return
  5. Raising awareness about everyone’s potential, helping each other to thrive and develop confidence

To know more, please send a comment by filling the form below, or send an email to: association.ubuntu@gmail.com

Our supporters in the UK

Like A Journey, Needle work with a conscience by Alexandra

ravenswood murakoze, November 2013, CRAFT GROUP in England

support-horizons-craft-group-murakoze, October 2013, CRAFT GROUP in the UK

  1. hello and thank you for all you do and promote. G-d bless you

    i would like to purchase one of your amazing baskets with a pointed lid and a basket dish if possible please? can you please confirm prices in GBP and sizes and if can be sent to me in the UK?

    thanks, with love x

    • Dear Michelle,

      Thank you for your kind message. We have now updated our catalogue which you will be able to view on the "Artisanat" page. The prices are in Euros and we would use the current exchange rate to work out the price in GBP (currently 1€ ~ 0.84£). So for instance the pointed lid baskets are between €12 (~£10) and €15 (~£13) and the basket dishes are between €18 (~£15) and €22 (~£17).

      However, since our stock is in France, the price to ship them in the UK would most likely be almost as much as the price of a basket. We can work it out exactly for you if you still wish to place an order and then you can decide if you would like to go ahead or not. Please let us know! We’ve added a form specifically to order baskets on the "Artisanat" page so it may be easier to just use that one if that’s what you would like to do!

      Very best wishes from the Centre Ubuntu team

    • Hello Michelle,
      Just to aknowledge the receipt of your payment which has been posted to us safely.
      G-d bless you. Merci beaucoup. Murakoze.

  2. bless you! thanks so much. i am just going to print off the catalogue and then i can fill in the form… wow! there is so much choice and i will have to get out my rular! it will be such a blessing to be able to order and G-d willing, i will… soon.

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