Working together to bring sunshine and smiles back in the lives of the women from Bwira and their families
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The Ubuntu Centre is a non for profit charity recently set up in France, 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.
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.
… 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.
… 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!"
We 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.
- Giving what is possible, so that giving brings joy and fulfilment
- Giving, knowing that intermediaries are minimal
- Giving and receiving = getting to know each other, expanding our own perspective, exchanging skills and experiences
- Giving with respect, without wanting to change the other, and allowing him/her to give in return
- Raising awareness about everyone’s potential, helping each other to thrive and develop confidence
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