Help family of Genocide survivors & vulnerable social group
to overcome poverty
Over 20 years have passed since the Rwandan genocide, but the pain remains to this day.
Survivors of the genocide and their neighbors have lost their economic abilities
and are struggling to return to regular everyday life.
Help them to achieve economic self-reliance through their traditional handicraft business!
“By making handicraft pieces, I was able to feed and send my two kids to school. Nowadays, the whole family is busy—me making traditional handiworks, and the children attending school. This busy life within my family brings me a lot of joy.”
Dorothy, a Nouvelle Bridge employee
Due to complicated life, immediately after genocide Dorothy lost her husband. Her and her two children survived, but their lives had been uprooted, along with their hopes. Even twenty years later, survivors like Dorothy are still suffering from the aftereffects of the genocide. Families of widows and orphans, like Dorothy’s, needed jobs to ensure their livelihood but lacked even the most basic employable skills. Because of severely limited opportunities, the possibility of the survivors’ return to normal life was bleak
A project for Rwandan genocide survivors & neighbors
(widows and orphans):
Work together to build self-reliance through traditional handicraft production
Achieving economic self-reliance for widows and orphans in the Nyiaconga area in Rwanda
The social problem at hand
Loss of economic ability for Rwandan genocide survivors & vulnerable social group
Train skills for traditional handicraft manufacturing and cultivate production capacity
How donated funds will be utilized
Donated funds are used toward the project’s product quality improvement and marketing
Never Again: the Rwandan genocide and its effects
The lowest death tolls of the genocide estimate 500,000 murdered during the span of 100 days from April 6 to mid-July of 1994; however, most human rights organizations assert around 800,000 to a million. The death toll accounts for around 7 percent of Tutsis at the time—2 percent of the total Rwandan population. Currently, the Rwandan government estimates 1,174,000 murdered in the span of 100 days: this means that 10,000, 400, and 7 Rwandans were murdered per day, hour, and a minute respectively. (Source: Wikipedia)
The situation of the survivors is equally horrific. During the 100 days of genocide, 50,000 women were widowed. Around 250,000 to 500,000 women were raped, and 67 percent of the raped women contracted AIDS. The situation of children is equally critical. 20,000 children were born through rape. Children who lost their fathers, mothers, and both parents account for 11.6 percent, 1.6%, and 3.8% of children in Rwanda respectively. (Source: Strategic plan for orphans and other vulnerable children, Government of Rwanda)
“Never Again.” The remnants of the victims are enshrined in the Genocide memorial church, located in Karongi-Kibuye in South Rwanda.
What can the poor survivors do in the devastating conditions
After the genocide, It was almost impossible for orphans and widows to find a job in the city. They didn’t have a chance to receive a proper education and jobs in the city required specialized skills. Furthermore, most of the survivors didn’t posses any land or capital. Therefore, it was more so difficult for them to take part in the Rwandan economy where farming and agricultural processed goods take the largest part.
Besides agriculture, the biggest industry in Rwanda is tourist industry. Where as farming takes a long time until harvest, traditional handicrafts can be sold immediately after production and have a faster cash flow. As Rwanda’s economy steadily grew, the demand for traditional handicrafts have also consistently increased.
Traditional Handicrafts that can be learned quickly and can be turned to profit
Therefore, Nouvelle Bridge has selected traditional handicrafts. It is more immediate and can help establish a faster independence. Nouvelle Bridge was established to heal the survivors & vulnerable social groups' physical and psychological wounds and to support their independence. Nouvelle Bridge has provided for the raw materials and technical skills for the making of the traditional handicrafts and put in place a systematic supporting system to connect these products to the market merchants.
Products of Nouvelle Bridge - Traditional design handicrafts
Vulnerable women are learning to embroider in Nouvelle Bridge
Various Traditional Handicrafts produced by Nouvelle Bridge
Nouvelle Bridge solve the following social problems
By esbalishing a foundation for economic activity, overcome poverty by oneself
Train skills so that skilled instructors can be economically self reliant
Equal Economic Ability
Provide opportunities for vulnerable social group (orphans and widows) to create income by making and selling products
* This business is aimed to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are designated by the United Nations. For more information in regards to the SDGs, please refer to the UN Homepage.
Nouvelle Bridge Business Model
The Bridge Impact will use the contributed funds as the following
Nouvelle Bridge would like to partner with more survivors and vulnerable social group. Their participation in economic activity doesn’t simply mean for them to make an income. By actively participating in the economy, they gain confidence and overcome trauma or loneliness. Additionally, they can make a better future and dream for hope.
Through the funds that will be gathered by impact donation, Nouvelle Bridge will use its funds to nurture more beneficiaries that have better and higher technical skills. We are planning on purchasing materials and equipment to produce high quality and diverse kinds of products; training materials and equipment; and marketing activities for sales.
Nouvell Bridge is an organization extablished with the goal to heal the Rwandan widows and orphans and to build self-reliance. Nouvell Bridge is finding ways to help them; and by helping their economic activity, empower them to hope for a better life. Additionally, Queen of Angel, an orphanage, was established and is operated by Nouvelle Bridge to nurture the children of the widows while they are working on their handicrafts.
Rwanda has the world’s lowest Purchasing Power Parity. In 2015, Reputlic of Korea ranked 48th with $34,700 where as Nepal was ranked 197th with $1,870. Purchasing Power Parity is an indicator of the ability to purchase a product when assuming that prices and exchange rates are equal across the world.
For reference on each country’s Purchasing Power Parity, please refer to the World Bank Data.
For more information on Rwanda, please refer to the Wikipedia page.
The Rwanda's traditional handicraft production project was supported by Komma's Coffe
뉴벨 브릿지는 전통 수공예품 제작판매를 통한 르완다 제노사이드 생존 과부와 고아의 경제 자립을 지원, 그들의 가난과 빈곤을 해결합니다.
Nouvelle Bridge offers Rwandan vulnerable social group (widows and orphans including Genocide survivors): to build self-reliance through traditional handicraft production