How is it even possible to forgive the people who tried to exterminate you, your family, and your entire community?
How can it be that so many people, when they think about Rwanda, they think about the horrors but not the hope?
And how can it be a tiny landlocked country with almost no natural resources can turn their country into a place of example and history?
In August 2014, we designed our first public experience in Rwanda. Over the course of two weeks, it included a restoration project for four houses of the survivors of the 1994 genocide.
Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide – the mass killing of hundreds of thousands of Tutsi people in Rwanda, Africa – taught us that forgiveness, is the secret of peace.
Every year since 1994, they commemorate the genocide at what they call “Kwibuka” which, in Rwandan language it means “Remember”. Kigali, the capital of Rwanda is now the safest and cleanest city in Africa. Women hold 61% of the seats in Rwanda’s Parliament, and it’s one of the first countries in the world that said no to plastic with massive reforestation that covered almost 30% of the landmass.
With its strong economic growth, Rwanda has become a global model of innovation, equitable growth, and sustainable development.