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

Ineza, or Generosity: A Look at HIV/AIDS Projects in Rwanda

By Jessica Carling, GYC Rwanda 2014 HIV/AIDS has often been referred to as the plague of the twenty-first century. Since 2008, an estimated 31 to 35 million people have been … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Miigwech Murakoze

By Jon Telch (GYC Rwanda 2013) I am a Canadian lobbyist. And every day I go to work, I think of Rwanda. A broad stroke paints lobbyists as former political … Continue reading

August 13, 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

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

Rwanda: A Country of Love

By: Luca Madden, Australia Sitting on the plane from Sydney to Kigali, I was ridiculously excited to meet the international participants of the GYC Rwanda program. I knew they came … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · 5 Comments

Global Youth’s Burden

By Melissa Demyan Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to visit the holocaust memorial in Berlin, Germany. The memorial itself is located right outside of the current government headquarters … Continue reading

September 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

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