GYC Village

blog posts from GYC's participants, alumni, & staff

The Dilemma of Applied Reconciliation: The Rwandan Perspective

By Maria Mukuka On July 3rd, after a four hour drive out of Kigali, in the middle of a perfectly sunny Rwandan afternoon, Global Youth Connect’s Turikumwe human rights delegation … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Have you met Search for Common Ground?

By Harrison Spelman, Hannah Eddy, and Alain Twagirayezu Search For Common Ground (SFCG) in Rwanda uses innovative conflict resolution strategies to resolve disputes in Rwandan context. An international NGO, SFCG … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nyange School and Human Rights

By Hannah Eddy, Harrison Spelman, and Jackson Tuyisenge The Turikumwe visited the Nyange Secondary School on Saturday January 3rd 2015 while en route to Kibuye District. Participants were fortunate enough … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Anger in the Camp

By Alain Twagirayezu “The International Community has rejected us. I don’t even know where I can ask my questions any more.” – A refugee in KIZIBA refugee camp youth during … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Measure? Quantify?

By Suprita Datta (GYC Rwanda Jan 2015) Human rights, unlike other aspects of policy and politics, have impacts that can be measured and quantified. How many kids are receiving an … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment


By Nan Zhang (China) Rwanda, a country that I had never thought I would have an opportunity to go to, has become a turning point of my life. It was … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Malnutrition in a Refugee Camp and My Inspiration to Overcome It

By Moise Dushime (D.R.C.) Chronic malnutrition is the lack of a balanced diet that can help a human being to survive. Chronic malnutrition is one of the problems that affects … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

18 Year Old Camps

By Timothee Mwizihire I didn’t fully grasp what it means to live like a refugee before I met the youth living in refugee camps in Rwanda: Kiziba and Gihembe. Listening … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Peak of the Mountain

By Jean Baptiste HARAGIRIYAREMYE It was on 16th June, 1976 when Soweto high school students took to the streets in a peaceful protest against the use of Afrikaans (a language … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

My Returns Home

By Tara Pipes (GYC Rwanda Alumna, Summer 2013) When I first flew into Kigali in July, stepping out of the airport into the open evening summer air, I knew immediately … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

1001 Hearts

By: Maja Pecanac (Bosnian delegate to Rwanda) Staying in Rwanda and working for INALAS shook something inside me and forced me to spend nights and nights thinking about what I … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Bosnia is Rwanda. Rwanda is Bosnia.

By Maja Pecanac (Bosnian delegate to Rwanda) Everything I saw and experienced in Rwanda was garbled in my head. Genocide. Poverty. Reconciliation. Post-war development of the country. Progress. At one … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

#26. Boy

By Tara Pipes (USA) No name. No way of ever knowing who this Boy was. Number 26 on the genocide plaque at the Nayanza memorial on a ridge on the … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

First Impressions and Final Analysis

By Juliet Batamuriza (Rwanda) The first day we met with the GYC international participants, it was amazing to see everyone there. We welcomed them in our cultural way of welcoming … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

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