Hello, my name is Linda Naugle and I work for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in New York. For the next week, I will be traveling in Rwanda with UNICEF supporters, visiting our program sites and meeting the people of Rwanda while learning more about UNICEF’s incredible successes in this country.
Rwanda, known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, is still recovering from a violent and tumultuous past that feels all too recent. But the genocide of 1994 has changed components of the social structure, including more women taking on leadership roles. They have been prominent in and outside the government, and were elected to fill nearly half the seats in the lower house of Parliament. Their leadership has been critical to the continuing recovery of a nation that lost one-tenth of its population in about 100 days, according to international peace experts. Interacting with these courageous women will be incredibly inspiring, to be sure.
I will arrive in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, at night on October 20 and will meet my six fellow travelers then. We will begin our journey the next day with an overview of UNICEF in Rwanda led by the local field staff. Please come back to visit this site and join us on our journey.