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Gisimba Memorial Center

The "Music for Life" 2006 camp is in full swing. Volunteers

from Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya are here at the

orphanage bringing music and joy into the children's lives...

Everyday this week the kids are playing, singing, and dancing

with their new friends.


Yesterday late afternoon while we were all dangling our feet

over the edge of wall shouldering the football field, one

boy insisted I take a photo of his lollipop. Here it is!


It takes very little to delight a child: a lollipop as bright as the sun.


Gisimba Memorial Center

An orphanage on the outskirts of Kigali in Nyamirambo.

Kigali, Rwanda. Afrika.

August 8, 2006.

"Music for Life" 2006 Camp.


Support Gismba Memorial Center. Buy the book!:


If you are interested in sponsoring an orphan at Gisimba Memorial Center, direct contact information is listed below.

Ildephonse Niyongana - Director

Damas Gisimba - Founder

Gisimba Orphanage

B.P. 1433 Kigali Rwanda


Ave de la Nyarugenge


District of Nyarugenge

tel +250 08524515 or +250 08532596


Bank of Kigali 040-0013914-76

swift BK IG RWRW


Additional information can also be found on


The text below is from


"Centre Memorial de Gisimba (Gisimba Memorial Center)


The Gisimba orphanage, located in the Nyamirambo quarter of Kigali, is led by Damas Mutezintare Gisimba. Damas's father founded the orphanage in 1980 with 18 children living in one house. Damas took over in 1986 after the death of his father. During the genocide Damas sheltered over 400 children and adults in the small orphanage compound from the predations of the interahamwe [the Hutu paramilitary squads that carried out much of the genocide]. Though the orphanage was repeatedly menaced, Damas and his colleagues held their ground and did not give in to the genocidaires. He has been honored for his heroism by the Rwandan government and many other organizations.

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Taken on August 7, 2006