Rose Mapendo Foundation

Rose Mapendo is a Congolese human right activist. She was born in Mulenge, Democratic Republic of Congo and belonged to the Banyamulenge Tutsi tribe.  Her remarkable story about her survival of the 1994 genocide has been told throughout the world in effort to help vulnerable survivors heal from physical, psychological, and social trauma caused by decades of extreme violence.  Rose’s work has had a significant impact and encourages world and local leaders to revisit the manner in which they enforce justice.  Rose was honored by the White House and in 2009 was named Humanitarian of the Year by the United Nations.

Currently, the Rose Mapendo Foundation supports a project in Kigali, called House of Hope.  This house shelters the most vulnerable widows and their children and provides opportunities for the women to learn skills that will allow them to earn a living.