So Much Done: A Review of Our 2018
Posted: December 20, 2018
Written by: Genocide Survivors Foundation
Over the past year, Genocide Survivors Foundation worked tirelessly in support of our mission. Sadly, the political and social climates around the world are dangerously hate-filled, and our work is even more important. Over the course of 2018, we spoke out loudly against genocide, delivered genocide prevention education, and actively supported survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
In 2018, our activities focused on our two key programmatic areas: Genocide Prevention Education and Supporting Survivors. Across those two areas, our work included the following:
Genocide Prevention Education
- Supported and participated in two educational and awareness programs about the ongoing Rohingya genocide in Myanmar/Burma.
- Spoke out in person, on our website, and via social, against the rise in extremism and bigotry in America, condemning hate-motivated violence such as the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
- Addressed a total of more than 6,000 students at three high schools and a Holocaust and genocide conference for middle school students in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Highlighted the dangers of racism, antisemitism, and all forms of hate and bigotry. Emphasized the importance of young people getting involved in the work of genocide prevention and creating a more humane and equitable world.
- Participated in an advocacy campaign opposing the early release of genocide convicts and detailing the negative impact early release has on genocide survivors. Encouraged the public to write directly to Judge Theodor Meron, the president of the Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals.
- Supported an art exhibit in New York on sexual violence in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
- Supported a New York-based annual commemoration program for the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
- Provided financial and additional support to a second women genocide survivors retreat in Rwanda. Organized by genocide survivor Liliane Pari Umuhoza and Survivors Fund, the retreat brought together 40 women survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. These women survivors were victims of rape during the genocide. They now live with HIV among other consequences.
- Funded one survivor’s income generating activity in Rwanda.
- Covered tuition and materials fees for one survivor’s vocational training course in Kigali, Rwanda.
- Provided support for one survivor’s university education needs (housing and school supplies) in Rwanda.
- Supported a needs-assessment trip and consultations on the housing and healthcare needs of the 10 most vulnerable elderly survivors living in the Karongi District of Rwanda.
- Supported needs-assessment trips and consultations on vocational training needs of 10 vulnerable young women survivors living in Kigali and surrounding areas.
- Provided healthcare support for one survivor in the USA.
Grateful to Our Own Supporters
As a small non-profit, we are deeply grateful for the commitment and support our own donors and friends. Important as our work is in these troubling times, it would not be feasible without their generous support. As we look ahead to 2019, we invite you to learn more about our work and to make a tax-deductible donation.
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