We have just learned that one of our first friends in Rwanda, Minister Aloisea Inyumba, recently passed away. We met Aloisea on our first trip to Rwanda in 2010. We were introduced by a friend in Boston, and our visit was to determine if TNP could expand our training programs to grandmothers there. Aloisea, at the time, was a Senator in Rwanda’s Parliament, and she loved what we were doing.
In May, 2011, President Paul Kagame named her Minister for Gender and Family Promotion. This was her second time as Minister, the first was during the time immediately after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. A few months later, we spoke while on another visit to Rwanda, and soon thereafter, The Nyanya Project was registered by her ministry. Minister Inyumba was tireless in her support of women and families, and with her blessing, TNP began its first empowerment programs of Rwandan grandmothers and their families.
We will miss her deeply and appreciate how very much she contributed to new generations of strong women in her native land. Our heartfelt condolences go to her family and to the many, many who loved her. She died of cancer.
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