Save the Date!
The 10th Anniversary Celebration to benefit WE-ACTx
October 16th, 2014, 6-9 P.M.
The Latin School of Chicago
Silent and live auctions, food, Rwandan Craft sale – all to raise money for our two WE-ACTx clinics in Rwanda. More info will be posted soon. Can’t make it? Make a donation!
Can’t make it? Make a [...]
Last Sunday WE-ACTx celebrated 10 years in Rwanda with a giant anniversary party in Kigali. Over 400 children in pink and black T- shirts (silkscreened by Dutette, one of the income generation cooperatives of WE-ACTx For Hope patients) came with their parents to sing, dance, hear speeches and testimonials, and enjoy a buffet lunch [...]
Eugene and Hima were fortunate to be able to visit Rwanda while Eugene’s mom, Mardge, was working there last January. They saw the WE-ACTx clinic as well as participated in caring for patients at the nearby hospital, CHUK, within the infectious disease department. They were so moved by what they saw, and by the people [...]Kigali Report January 2014
Kigali, January 2014
2014 is the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and preparations are underway here for this difficult period. The genocide memorial torch was lit in early January and will be carried countrywide concluding on April 7, the beginning of the 100-day national mourning period. Many activities are planned for learning, commemoration, and rebuilding. Kwibuka [...]
by Jessca Early, a nursing student, during her second time volunteering with WE-ACTx in Kigali
In late May—after a day spent napping off the jet lag from my trans-Atlantic, multiple layover, journey from Boston to Rwanda—I found myself sitting in a plastic lawn chair squeezed into a small medical exam room at the Women’s Equity in [...]
It’s official. Two weeks ago, the Minister of Health accredited WE-ACTx For Hope (WE-ACTx’s vibrant partner in Rwanda, led by Chantal Benekigeri) to manage the clinic in downtown Kigali—a very exciting step toward helping ensure local control, responsibility and sustainability. WE-ACTx For Hopes’s forty Rwandan staff provide medical and psychosocial care to more [...]
Gender inequities in sexual risks among youth with HIV in Kigali, Rwanda
Understanding the experiences of youth living with HIV (YLH) is necessary for implementing interventions that mitigate HIV transmission. We conducted a survey of sexual behaviours and sources of knowledge among 107 youths aged 16-24 attending two HIV clinics in Kigali, Rwanda.
Exciting news! Youth Ending Stigma (Y.E.S.), a youth group committed to ending stigma about HIV in Rwanda, started by WE-ACTx patients, has been named a finalist for the $25,000 Kalamazoo College Global Prize for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership. Aime Ndorimana, one of the staff of WE-ACTx for Hope and member of Y.E.S. will be in Kalamazoo [...]Kigali Report March 2013
I’m writing you this brief note during a short stay in Rwanda to tell you about two new exciting developments within WE-ACTx in Rwanda.
The dedicated and enthusiastic WE-ACTx Rwandan staff continues to deliver extraordinarily respectful treatment to over 2300 patients with HIV. The HIV protocol in Rwanda starts patients on regimens similar to those [...]
Before I share my thoughts and news from this visit to the WE-ACTx project in Rwanda this month, I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your generous big and small end-of-year contributions to WE-ACTx. They all add up, to a sustained and (as you will read) continuously growing and [...]
Summer is an especially exciting time for the young patients at WE-ACTx here in Kigali. On June 16 we celebrated Day of the African Child (DAC). Over 800 children, youth and family came together to acknowledge how well these young folks who are living with HIV are doing. Everyone received a new green DAC [...]
Dear all: This trip, my daughter, Davida, was in Kigali for the first time, on a fourth year medical school elective. Too exciting! Here’s the report through her eyes:
For the past several years I – and I imagine many of you—have come to expect my mom’s periodic “Kigali report.” It’s hard to believe that I [...]
Very busy summer in Kigali for WE-ACTx as usual. Our house is bustling with young volunteers, scores of visitors, preparations for new holiday children’s camp in Nyacyonga (the more rural WE-ACTx clinic), counselor training for the new 1 week Nyacyonga and 3 week Centreville youth camps, juggling new income generation programs, preparing youth specific [...]
With Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and Yemen witnessing earth-shattering changes, and major U.S. cities overwhelmed with snow and budget cuts, I am spending the month in Kigali working with WE-ACTx. Obsessing on the day-to-day problems here feels at times far removed from these major upheavals. But I also sense that there are many small [...]Kigali Report August 2010
As we followed the election tensions in Rwanda including the arrests, grenades and murders over the past few months, I worried how things would feel when I returned to Kigali this summer. We were especially concerned, bringing over 8 Chicago high school students. However, for the past few weeks the city has been [...]
It has now been 6 years since WE-ACTx responded to a call by women’s associations to fast track HIV care and medications to their members. So much has changed since then, for me, for those women, for our program, for Rwanda, for global HIV, that it is worth reflecting on what we have accomplished, [...]Kigali Report June 2009
Dear friends and supporters,
Five years ago during a conversation with the Minister of Health of Rwanda, I was struck by the contrast of the matching socks, tie and handkerchief worn by this attentive physician, and our experience in the clinic where the women patients had no underpants. We budgeted money for underpants and added their [...]
Preparing for sharing this update and local Rwandan stories, reminds me that while providing the support and respect each person needs to thrive is a country- and culturally-specific process , in other ways it is truly universal. Thus I hope you have all contacted your representatives in congress to vote for the single [...]
It’s been 6 months since I was in Kigali (a herniated disc got in the way of a scheduled trip last October). There are some noticeable changes. Houses (and the people who used to live in them) have been cleared from certain areas to build hotels and more expensive housing. Too many cars are leaving [...]Kigali Report July 2008
This WE-ACTx trip has been filled with incredible sadness and terrific excitement. Two of the WE-ACTx staff (Claudine, a 19 year old peer and data enterer, about to start at the university and Chantel, a 29 year old nurse pharmacist, mother of 3) were killed in a horrific bus accident caused by a UN truck [...]