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Itafari Foundation; Inspiring the Children of Rwanda (SLIDESHOW)Alysha Atma Salem-News.com
They want kids to realize their own empowerment to rebuild better lives.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Itafari Foundation is holding a VIRTUAL fundraiser on September 25-27 to raise money for the school we’re building; Kigali Secondary Parents School. For $75 you can buy a BRICK (itafari!) with your name or the name of a loved one on it which will be placed in the school in Rwanda.
Education is the key to ending poverty and hate; it also guides you through a world filled with choices. You can choose to make an extraordinary difference in the world and choose to make a lifelong difference in the life of a child - for $75. It can start slowly with something as simple as a brick.
Itafari’s weekend of fundraising is a unique occasion to give, interact, learn and listen. The economy, time, and lack of opportunity all present their individual challenges; however, virtual interaction helps to combat them. There isn’t a need to drive, fly or pay per plate; there is a need for compassionate understanding and an opportunity to come together within your own space, in support of education. To give within your means, provides a chance for a child to learn, listen and believe.
The best change occurs when committed people join together in a spirit of respect and empathy from a deep-rooted core of wisdom and compassion. The children will remember always that people all over the world believe in them. The Itafari Foundation is tapping into the core of compassion that lives in us all.
More than a decade after the Rwandan genocide claimed nearly one million innocent men, women and children, the country continues to struggle against illiteracy, starvation, disease, and an ability to become self sufficient. People of conscience throughout the world have begun to realize that this wasn’t solely Africa’s problem, and that any human rights violation impacts us all. From that place of consciousness and compassion, the Itafari Foundation was born.
Itafari is Kinyarwanda for BRICK. A brick represents the weight of a malnourished child that cannot be comforted. It is the burden that a woman carries down a hill as she struggles to find a way to feed her family. It is the color of the soil that cannot feed its people. A brick also represents hope; it is the cornerstone for a woman's new business, a first step on the road to self-sufficiency and the building blocks of a school.
The color of the Rwandan soil, the red brick serves to remind us how simple change can be; to inspire us to take even the smallest step toward healing our world, and rebuild the foundation of a country torn apart by fear, hatred and ignorance.
Our biggest challenge is getting the news out about our small, but mighty organization. This fundraiser will give you a chance to become part of the solution, to raise awareness and give hope. Education opens the door to many possibilities, both for the children and their families; our future and the future of Rwanda will be forever grateful. You can be responsible for changing the status quo and making an extraordinary difference in Rwanda and the life of a child.
One brick alone can do nothing. But together we are rebuilding the country of Rwanda itafari by itafari by itafari.
“The people of Rwanda do not want to be identified by the genocide of 1994 but by their strength and resilience. We will honor them and those who died more by our action than our grief.” Victoria Trabosh co-founder and President of the Itafari Foundation.
For more information on participating in the fundraiser, visit Itafari’s website at Itafari.org.
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