Celebrating new structural accomplishments at ALC
At AMAHORO INTERNATIONAL (AMI), we recognize the importance of the struggle of the Civil Rights Movement and it’s most recognizable and charismatic leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He, together with other leaders, including African visioneers like Kwame Nkrumah, (first president of the post colonial country of Ghana), have shaped the vision of a free society without the stigma of race, exploitation and inequality. These leaders and movements have laid the moral foundation for AMI, as our advocacy for the down trodden and powerless in Africa has been heavily influenced by the desire of leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr to give a voice to those who have no voice.
As we celebrate MLK day, we joyfully announce that AMAHORO INTERNATIONAL is now fully functioning as an independent nonprofit association with its own 501(c) 3 tax-exempt status. We thank ACT International, our former umbrella organization, for their faithful partnership over many years. Our refugee community project AMAHORO LIFE CENTER (ALC) in Uganda is increasing in scope and effectiveness. We celebrate the recent sales of 600 chickens, pointing to the near prospect of self sustainability for ALC. For more information and to become a regular contributor and/or monthly supporter of AMI, please visit amahorointernational.net
There have been and continue to be tremendous losses in these interrupted lives. Each person continues to recall classmates, friends, and family members imprisoned, in hiding, or dead because of the current regime. Still, they reject bitterness and despair, remaining instead positive, hopeful, and wanting to contribute to a better future for themselves and others.
Everyone has a dream, but in this unequal world only few have the hope to fulfill their dream. And in spite of all this misery, there is hope. The Burundians are called the joyful refugees in this camp. Asked why the smiles have not left them, they answer: “It is because of God’s grace, mercy and love.” Their faith is contagious.
We say farewell. It is hard to leave these loved ones behind, as well as the other nearly 30,000 Burundian refugees at Nakivale. Clusters of barefooted children wave good-bye, chatting in a mix of French, English and local languages, often not having mastered either one fully.