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Gisimba Memorial Association 

I'm raising money for Gisimba Memorial Association and the centre/orphanage for orphans and vulnerable children it runs in Kigali Rwanda with Aegis. They provide vital support for children and youth in their care and community. 

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Started by the Gisimba family - Gisimba Memorial Association has a history of caring for orphans and vulnerable children for over 25 years. When the genocide began in April 1994, they had 60 children living at the Centre. During the genocide as people fled for their lives, the Gisimba family opened their hearts and the centre to protect and hide over 400 people. They did this at great personal risk and with immense courage. They also had help and support from many, especially Carl Wilkens – the only American to stay in Rwanda during the genocide who took great strides to save and help those at Gisimba. 

Gisimba Today 

Gisimba Memorial Centre now has approximately 150 children and youth in its care and supports others in the community with the commitment and work of approximately 30 staff. The children's ages range from 2 to 22. Most of the older children were orphaned due to the genocide, however today many of the younger children are orphaned as a result of poverty and AIDS. 

In addition to children living at Gisimba, the Association also runs a nursery school for both Gisimba and the surrounding community. The orphanage is an integral part of the community, providing support in education, healthcare and finance. 

Gisimba’s Need Now 

Gisimba does incredible work to support its children and youth, but it can’t do that without support. Currently it has a significant gap in funds to operate each month. We want to ensure the kids have food and the incredible staff gets paid. 

Our goal is by the end of the month to help close that gap for April and to perhaps have some more to sustain even beyond. 

Without your support now – the children and the organization suffer and its capacity for doing its crucial work is at risk. Supporting Gisimba helps to build the future of Rwanda by supporting children and youth and adding to the stability of an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those most vulnerable. 

WE WOULD LIKE TO RAISE £3000 and more! Please join us... 

Please give whatever you can and tell your friends and collegues the story of Gisimba.

100% of all monies donated go directly to Gisimba. 

Updates 2

Thank you all for your donations :-)

13/04/12 04:13

Thank you for your donations this will mean so much to the orphans. We are working to set up a social enterprise so the orphanage will not be solely reliant on donations.

13/04/12 04:12

Raising money for



Charity Registration No. 1082856

Aegis believes that genocide is preventable. Aegis supports survivors, protects those at greatest risk, educates about genocide and holds perpetrators to account.

Raising money for

Run by Aegis

Charity Registration No. 1082856

Donations 32

Donation by Anonymous on 01/05/12

Donated to me from Matt Woolley, thanks Matt xx

Donation by Lynsey Collinson on 20/04/12


+ £4.75 Gift Aid

Hope everything works out for the Orphanage. wish I could send more Best wishes

Donation by Amanda Scott on 19/04/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

All the best with this x

Donation by Sally Parkes on 19/04/12

Donation by Lynne McAulay on 16/04/12


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Thank you for doing this essential work to look after vulnerable children in your community

Donation by Jo Mathieson on 16/04/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

God bless you in this vital work!

Donation by Christine Rodgers on 16/04/12


+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Kate has told me about the fantastic work going on there. Long may it continue.... Koni

Donation by Koni Rakhit on 16/04/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Hope this helps!

Donation by Rochelle Bray on 15/04/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Hi Claire, Keith told me about the importance of your project. Good luck with raising the full amount.

Donation by Roger Smith on 15/04/12


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

hope u manage to get ur target hope this helps xx

Donation by Kathryn Ingram on 13/04/12

I hope this helps :-)

Donation by Laura J on 13/04/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Hope you reach your target.

Donation by Mandeep (MIRA) on 13/04/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

happy to help---but what about next month's salaries?

Donation by Rebecca Johnson on 13/04/12

Donation by S Cziczo on 13/04/12


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Lawrence and Shirley Boarer on 13/04/12

Donation by Malaika Umutoni on 13/04/12

Donation by Nathanael Boarer on 13/04/12


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

this is a good cause fingers cross you get the money!

Donation by Reanne Wood on 13/04/12

Good luck and fingers crossed all works out ok

Donation by Matthew Darch on 12/04/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Hope you reach your target :-) x

Donation by James & Sophie Perkins on 12/04/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by clare sutton on 12/04/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good Luck with the cause, support my sister and the Aegis supporters

Donation by Phoebe Brydon on 12/04/12


Donation by Becca Massey-Chase on 12/04/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by elizabeth odell on 12/04/12

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£819.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£11.00
  • Total raised£830.00
  • Gift Aid£177.25

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