Culinary arts for a brighter future In Kigali, Rwanda, an MCC-supported program is training students to work in a growing market of restaurants and hotels

Story by Marla Pierson Lester Photos and interviews by Owen McCullum Surrounded by shelves of bowls, graters and other tools of her trade, 18-year-old culinary student Alaise Mukagasana whisks vinegar into a dressing of oil, parsley, onion and salt, making headway on the day’s lesson on salads. Over the past two decades, the number of […]

Friends Peace House Becomes a Permanent Member of GlobalGiving!

In 2018, we participated in the GlobalGiving Accelerator and succeeded in raising $8,759 from 58 individual donors for our Transformational Mediation in Prisons project! This means we passed the requirements for the Accelerator program and Friends Peace House is now a permanent member of GlobalGiving. What does this mean? GlobalGiving is a crowdfunding organization, allowing […]

Welcome Uwamahoro Marie Solange!!

Meet one of our students at Mwana Nshuti, the Vocational Training Center here in Kagarama, Kigali. Her name is Uwamahoro Marie Solange, an 18 year old student in our Hairdressing course. We sat down and asked her a few questions about her journey to Mwana Nshuti and what her aspirations are for the coming months […]

Welcome Uwamahoro Claudine!

Help us to welcome Uwamahoro Claudine to Mwana Nshuti for the 5th promotion of the Culinary Arts program here at Kagarama, Kicukiro!!!

Claudine is a young, 18-year-old student from Nyaruguru in the South of Rwanda. Living now in Kanombe, Kigali, she heard about Mwana Nshuti from a neighbor who was then completing the Moto Vehicle Mechanics promotion. His experience sparked her interest and she decided to join this year’s class of Culinary Arts students. Here were some of her thoughts at the start of the semester.

How are you feeling right now at the start of the promotion?
“In the beginning it was certainly hard, but now I feel like I am starting to learn new things. I love cooking, which is why I chose Culinary Arts, so I enjoy the challenge. I really hope that by the end of the time here I’ll be able to do everything I’ve been taught in Culinary Arts by Gaudence.”

What do you hope to accomplish?
“I want to achieve everything here at Mwana Nshuti that I have faith I can do. There is so much to learn from the teachers, and I want to follow everything they teach me in order to accomplish my future dream of owning my very own hotel.”

Thanks for hearing these three students’ hopes and thoughts as they started their promotion at Mwana Nshuti, Kicukiro.
Stay tuned for updates on their progress and feelings now coming into April!