Rwandan Genocide Survivor

Here’s a short message from one of my favorite people, Carole Canale-Mayet, CEO of Village Makeover (

I’m sharing this with you in hopes that you can come and hear this amazing story of survival and forgiveness. I’ve read Immaculee’s books and was so captured by her life story that it was difficult to set the book down. Hers is a story that most of us will never experience, but one that all of us will be able to learn from.

I would encourage you to come hear her speak. This is a free event. Engineers Without Borders team that will be bringing water systems to the rural village of Cyanika, Rwanda in partnership with Village Makeover.

Monday, December 2, 20137:00 pm MST(originally scheduled for Sept 12th, day of the massive floods in Boulder) in the Glenn Miller Ballroom, University of Colorado. Come see renowned speaker Immaculee Ilibagiza for free as she speaks about her experiences surviving the Rwandan Genocide and her tireless work to spread world peace!

Watch a short intro clip here:

Immaculee Ilibagiza survived the 1994 Rwandan Genocide by spending 91 silent days with seven other women hidden in the bathroom of a local pastor’s house. She credits her survival mostly to prayer and a set of rosary beads giver to her by her devout Catholic father. While in hiding, Immaculee taught herself English with only the Bible and a dictionary. Once freed she was able to secure a job with the United Nations, and has since been featured on 60 minutes, CNN, The New York Times, and USA Today. Immaculee has received honorary doctoral degrees from The University of Notre Dame, Saint John’s University, and Walsh University and has been recognized and honored with numerous humanitarian awards including the Mahatma Gandhi Reconciliation and Peace Award in 2007. Today Immaculee is regarded as one of the world’s leading speakers on peace, faith, and forgiveness. She works tirelessly to spread her universal message of peace and to raise money that directly benefits children orphaned by genocide.