Five years after the horrific genocide, in which over a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were brutally murdered, a group of Canadian teachers and community workers travel to Rwanda to try and understand what happened and what can be done to help the half-million orphans left behind.
The group includes Rwandan-Canadian teacher, Leo Kabalisa who lost his father, 4 brothers, 12 cousins and 8 nieces in the genocide. Also in the group is Dr. Carole Ann Reed, Director of Education at Toronto’s Holocaust Education and Memorial Centre.
The Canadians found a country still in shock, still reeling from the genocide and its aftermath, still struggling with the consequences – a people trying to find a way to rebuild their shattered nation.
Rwanda: In Search of Hope chronicles this group’s experiences in July, 1999, as they travel throughout Rwanda visiting massacre sites and memorials, orphanages and trauma counseling centres. The Canadians’ primary focus is to support Rwandan orphans. Sixty thousand families in Rwanda are now headed by children. The Canadians and Rwandans have created Hope For Rwanda’s Children Fund in Canada and the Tumurere Foundation in Rwanda to support some of these children.