Posted: December 21, 2018
Written by: Genocide Survivors Foundation
As we look to the year ahead, Genocide Survivors Foundation (GSF) knows our work is more important than ever. The rise of hate groups in so many forms across not only the United States, but also across much of Europe, has caused an alarming increase in the rhetoric and language that in the past has foreshadowed more than one genocide. For 2019, we are focused on spreading our genocide education prevention programs even farther, to reach even more people who need to hear our message. We are also committed to supporting survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda by empowering them to develop sustainable jobs and careers.
Below we have set out our two primary fundraising goals for the 2019. We invite to you support our work with year end tax deductible donation. (GSF is a 501(c)(3) organization.)
Genocide prevention educational programs and awareness-raising work: We are committed to fighting the hate that leads to genocide. In 2019 when we will observe the 25th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, we want to deliver even greater focus on the current rise of extremism, bigotry, and hate crimes in America. Given the current state of this country, the work of promoting inclusion and respect for the basic human rights of all is more critical than ever. Fear mongering, us vs. them mentalities, anti-immigrant rhetoric, and xenophobia must all be boldly challenged with a clear message. We already have powerful awareness and educational programs in the works for 2019. To reach as large an audience as possible, our work will require funding.
Tuition and materials fees for vocational training for women survivors in Rwanda: We are looking to raise enough money to cover fees for 10 women survivors to attend six-month vocational training course. Working with a survivor partner survivor organization in Rwanda, Safi Life,we have identified an initial 10 vulnerable women survivors who are in need of vocational training. These women survivors study technical skills such as tailoring and hair dressing. A six-month vocational course in Rwanda costs $600 – which includes tuition, course materials, transportation, and related fees. Our fundraising goal is to cover the fees for all 10 women. Donations of $600 or more are our current focus, but we very much appreciate that donations of all sizes will make a difference.
Our work is now more important than ever. We need your help if we are to effectively address the rise of hate and to provide ongoing support to survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. We invite you to make a donation now that we can continue our work tomorrow.DONATE NOW « Back to News + Blog