Nyinawabagesera Amandine & Uwimana Jean Claude

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Nyinawabagesera Amandine wants to share some of her life stories, both good and bad, with her friend Uwimana Jean Claude so that he can learn from her example. After being orphaned by the genocide, Nyinawabagesera Amandine risked going to school without supplies. There, she overcame many challenges associated with depression, drugs, and alcohol through the support of friends and her faith. Nyinawabagesera Amandine says she is inspired by the people around her and resolves to help other orphans like herself who have almost lost all hope.

“Now, Jean Claude, despite all the adversity that I persevered through, you are still my friend and our families were close; that is why I am honored to share my experiences with you today because in the future you may face similar challenges. If you ever meet a friend who faces the same problems, let them know that after problems, solutions will come. I want to use this opportunity to welcome any questions you may have for me. I am also open to hearing your story as I have shared mine so that we can discover new lessons that will benefit our lives in the future.” Nyinawabagesera Amandine

“You have shared your story and life with me and I know that orphans face many challenges. As an orphan, did your adopted parents ever remind you of your parents? Did this make you miss your parents and sad?” Uwimana Jean Claude

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