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Genocide Survivors Foundation’s 2022 Activity Highlights
Posted: December 26, 2022
Written by: Genocide Survivors Foundation
This past year, Genocide Survivors Foundation (GSF) continued working hard to advance our two-fold mission of genocide prevention education and supporting the most vulnerable genocide survivors. The alarming increase in antisemitism, racism, xenophobia, and other forms of extremism in U.S. and around the world makes it very clear that our work is more important than ever before. Moreover, as elderly survivors and young survivors alike face significant economic, health (physical and psychological), and educational challenges, we know that we have much to do to achieve our mission.
We are a small organization with deep commitment to a more peaceful and rights-respecting world. We are firmly focused on empowering genocide survivors not just to survive, but to thrive. We know that your contribution, no matter how small, means a great deal to those we serve. Your gift helps us build the future that we want to create, so we thank you in advance for your support.
Below are some of our activity highlights for 2022:
- Paid education fees (high school, vocational, and university) for seven young genocide survivors. We covered tuition for all of these students, and also covered housing, school supplies, transportation and other daily necessities for a number of them.
- Provided financial support to the first ever U.S. national reunion of survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The gathering, which took place in Salt Lake City brought together genocide survivors from all over the United States, Rwanda and different parts of Europe to discuss survivors healing journey; the successes thus far as well as how to tackle remaining challenges.
- Presented to middle and high school students at Midland Park Public Schools in New Jersey about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and what the students can do to create a culture of respect for the basic rights of all people.
- Paid four months of rent, food and other daily necessities for a young survivor mother and her young daughter after the mother lost her job due to job downsizing resulting from Covid-19 pandemic.
- Paid for two survivors’ mental health services.
- Provided financial support to a survivor who has been bedridden since 1994 as result of being gang raped and thrown in a mass grave.
- Presented to high school seniors grade students and teachers at South Orangetown Central School District in New York about the dangers of antisemitism, racism, xenophobia and other forms of extremism and what they can do at their school and in their community to create a world where nobody is discriminated against, persecuted, or murdered simply because of who they are.
- Provided seed money to a woman survivor to start a small business buying and selling clothes and other items to support her family.
- Presented to hundreds of students from all over Rhode Island at Moses Brown School at the invitation of the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center and discussed how to effectively combat the rising antisemitism, racism, xenophobia and all forms of extremism in U.S. and around the world.
As we reflect on our year, we extend our sincere thanks for all the partners, organizations, and individuals who have collaborated with us to make our work possible. We look forward to continuing our efforts to combat antisemitism, racism, and all forms of hatred and extremism in the year ahead.
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