For over twenty years St. Stephen’s has been blessed by our relationship with Emmanuel Gatera, an Anglican priest in Rwanda. Emmanuel and his wife Athanasie suffered unimaginable loss during the 1996 Genocide. But they have used that suffering to inspire their healing work among the Genocide’s survivors and among a new generation of young people, many who have grown up as orphans in the shadow of that tragedy.
We are pleased to report good and promising developments from YEGO, the foundation Emmanuel created to heal and empower vulnerable women and youth. Since earning his doctoral degree from St. Stephen’s College, University of Alberta, Emmanuel has become a sought-after speaker on the Rwandan Genocide. In August he shared the stage with Romeo Dallaire, a Canadian humanitarian, author, and retired Lieutenant-General who served as a UN peacekeeping commander in Rwanda and who—traumatically—witnessed the Genocide. This coming summer Emmanuel will return to Canada to teach an intensive week-long program at U of A on “The Genesis of Hate”.
Meanwhile, YEGO has been given an enormous boost by the gift of a house from the City of Kigali to be designated as an employment readiness centre, with a curriculum that will include English, computer training, and trades courses. Now, of course, YEGO is scrambling to equip the centre with the furnishings and the resources it will need—including the computers! We will continue to offer support through our Outreach-Beyond fund, and to give thanks for the enormous privilege of knowing Emmanuel Gatera!