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One love: Rwandan ingenuity

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Here’s a hopeful inspiring project.

Rwanda has a history that might be seen as chilling. In 1994 there was a genocide where the two principal tribal groups were involved in immense bloodshed.

When we started planning our trip many people were shocked or concerned; they were worried about the destination. My cousin was living there as a volunteer and we were keen to visit.

During that trip we were overwhelmed by the positive efforts being made by the people to recover from such atrocity.

One such example of resourcefulness is the One Love project in the capital Kigali. This project was set up by an exile returning from neighbouring Congo, his name is Gatera and he is a truly magical person.

With his Japanese wife he has established a foundation that supports one key group who survived the atrocities; the amputees.


There is ingenuity and hope in this foundation. Thousands of people who would otherwise be immobile have been helped. Gatera fundraises in the US and elsewhere abroad.

He works with many people artists, musicians and others to raise funds in different ways.


The workshop is impressive. They utilise normal objects to support their work. You’ll notice the ingenuity of the wheelchair and perhaps identify drainpipes that form the basis for the artificial limbs.

This specific consignment of individually made-to-measure limbs was destined for neighbouring Burundi.



Better still the people working to create these tools are often helped by them too as many have disability and amputation.

Find our more on their website.
one love project

It certainly inspired us to be more ingenious and find ways to solve problems.

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