Letter from Kigali January 2016

Dear friends Thank you so much for your generous response to WE-ACTx’s annual appeal. Your support helps continue the high quality and innovative programs of WE-ACTx For Hope (WFH), our Rwandan partner. Without your support, little of the good work and exciting progress described below could continue. Thus as I begin another new year in […]

Kigali Letter June 2015

Dear all The rainy season has ended in Kigali and the weather is dry and warm. Many colleagues here have friends and neighbors who are housing those who’ve come from Burundi. Thousands from Burundi also live in terrible conditions in camps 2 hours from Kigali. Travel and business has been disrupted between the two countries. […]

Spring to Successful Schooling

www.we-actx.org May 23rd, 2015 Dear friends, As spring awakens all around us, I’m writing to you to support our work in Rwanda. As you know, WE-ACTx usually sends only one annual mailing to supporters. But in the past few months, some of you responded to my February letter from Kigali and asked how you might […]

Can anyone really make a difference?

Writer Ken Carlton created a lovely photo essay to tell the story of WE-ACTx. If you’d like to read it and see the pictures, his blog is found at this address:   http://kencarlton.net/ramenblog/2015/2/21/can-anyone-really-make-a-difference

Kigali Report February 2015

2/2/15 Heroes and Schools Dear friends Today is the celebration of Heroes Day in Kigali, a national holiday every February 1st, to honor heroic actions of those who died for Rwanda during the genocide. The WE-ACTx For Hope clinic is closed, as are all schools and most businesses, so I am able to pause and […]

10th Year Anniversary – Matched Donation Opportunity

www.we-actx.org December 1, 2014   Dear Friends, This year WE-ACTx celebrates 10 years of high quality, comprehensive and innovative care for women and children with HIV, and their families. Hundreds of supporters in Kigali in June, Chicago in October, and Boston in November joined together to acknowledge this anniversary and a decade of accomplishments made […]

Chicago 10 Year Celebration a Huge Success!

The 2014 10 year WE-ACTx Chicago celebration was an evening of good feelings, friendships, and succesful fundraising.   Many thanks to all those who organized and  joined us to suport WE-ACTx.  More than $42,000 was raised through tickets, donations, on line and silent auctions, and the Fund a Need Auction .    The Latin School […]

Kigali Report June 2014

Dear friends 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 […]

Kigali Report January 2014

Kigali, January 2014 Dear friends 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 […]

“The Change” in Rwanda

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 […]

Kigali Report July 2013

July 2013 Dear friends, 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 […]

International Journal of STD & AIDS 2012

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. Read the […]

Youth Ending Stigma (Y.E.S.) named finalist

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

Dear friends, 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 […]

Kigali Report January 2013

Dear friends: 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 […]

Kigali Report July 2012

Dear friends, 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 […]

Kigali Report February 2012

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 […]

Kigali Report July 2011

Dear friends, 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 […]

Kigali Report February 2011

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 and big […]

Kigali Report August 2010

Dear friends 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 […]

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