About Us

Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation (rYico) is a UK registered charity that works to support and empower vulnerable young people in Rwanda. We do this through Centre Marembo, our youth resource in Kigali which supports young people who have been orphaned, neglected or left in very difficult conditions for a variety of reasons.

rYico also works in the UK to increase social and cultural understanding about Rwanda.

Latest news

The Legacy of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide: an evening of testimony and reflection

Thu 1 May 2014, The Wiener Library, Russell Square, London

Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm

The Wiener Library is hosting a special evening to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. The event also marks the donation of a collection of audio testimonies from Rwandan refugees living in the UK today, which were collected by the charity rYico as part of a year long project. The testimonies are the very first addition to the collection from the Rwandan Genocide.

The library is delighted to welcome the following speakers at the event:

Dan Godshaw, project director at rYico, will speak about the project ‘Keeping Memories’ and the work that rYico does in Rwanda today.

Patrice Shema (Chairperson of London Rwandese Community Association) and Bosco Ngabonzima (Chairperson of West Midlands Rwandan Community Association), both survivors of the Rwandan genocide will speak about their experiences and their involvement with rYico’s project.

Dr Phil Clark from SOAS will speak about post-conflict resolution in Rwanda today, drawing on research from his most recent book ‘The Gacaca Courts, Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda: Justice without Lawyers’ (Cambridge University Press).

The event is free, but you’ll need to reserve your place by clicking on the image below:

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rYico presents Afroconnect: Jean Paul Samputu

Join us for an evening with one of Rwanda’s most accomplished musicians on Thursday 27th March at Komedia, Brighton, 7.30-11pm and help us raise funds for rYico!

Samputu

rYico represents Rwanda at National Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

On 27th January, the rYico team attended the main National Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) event in Westminster, London.

Thanks to close collaboration with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, rYico was able to show its ground-breaking exhibtion, Keeping Memories, which provides a direct link to the experiences of survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi through audio, words, art and photography.

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rYico Director, Vivenie Mugunga and UK Projects Coordinator, Dan Godshaw with the Keeping Memories Exhibition at HMD London 2014

rYico’s presence at the event contributed to a significant increase in Rwandan participation at HMD, which commemorates the genocides in Rwanda, Darfur, Bosnia and Cambodia as well as the Nazi Holocaust.

Dan Godshaw, UK Projects Coordinator said: “Showing the Keeping Memories exhibition at HMD 2014 was a really important step for rYico and Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. The many hundreds of people who attended the event were able to engage meaningfully with and learn from the personal testimonies of survivors. Rwandan people who attended the event felt well represented and felt that the tone of the exhibition was spot on.”

rYico are proud to present: AFRO CONNECT II – World Music and Dub Fundraiser!!!
25th May 2012, The Loft, Ship Street, Brighton. 9pm – 3am. £7 on the door, £6 with a student card.

All proceeds go to rYico and our project Keeping Memories: The Rwandan Community in the UK.

Following the raging success of our last Afro Connect fundraisers, we’re back again for a night of inspiring tunes and good times! We have a sensational line-up :

Kasai Masai http://www.myspace.com/kasaimasai

Linos Wengara and Zimbaremabwe Band http://www.zimbaremabwe.org/

Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul http://www.myspace.com/maracatucruzeirodosul

Dubconscious http://soundcloud.com/steppinrizla

Selecta Scruffi http://www.myspace.com/selectascruffi

The night is part of our event series in preparation for an exhibition of our latest project: Keeping Memories: The Rwandan Community in the UK which will be held at the Jubilee Library from the 6th of June -8th of July 2012.

We hope to see you there!
rYico launches interactive multimedia exhibition for Keeping Memories: The Rwandan Community in the UK
6th June – 8th July 2012, Jubilee Library, Brighton
Taking place during usual library opening hours - Admission Free

The Rwandan diaspora tell their own stories and engage the public in innovative ways in rYico’s new exhibition. Keeping Memories: The Rwandan Community in the U.K combines audio, text, photographs and paintings to commemorate the Rwandan past and celebrate the future.

The exhibition is part of our two-year Heritage Lottery funded project. Over several months, trained volunteers conducted life story interviews with members of the Rwandan community. The interviews were then developed into an exhibition creatively drawing upon a range of media to best convey the unique perspective of each story.

According to rYico Director Vivenie Mugunga, the exhibition is a rare opportunity for Rwandans to tell their stories in their own way: “Members of the Rwandan community in the U.K often feel that there is a great amount of misinformation and misrepresentation about Rwanda and Rwandans out there”. For Mugunga the exhibition is a source of empowerment for the community: “the Rwandan diaspora are given a role to play in telling and keeping their own history as well as representing themselves in the way they would like. Who could tell your story better than yourself?”

In telling their stories, participants aim to promote a better understanding of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and preserve the memories of the Rwandan diaspora. The exhibition also explores broader themes of prejudice, ignorance, forgiveness and reconciliation ? encouraging visitors to think deeply about the past as it relates to the present.
Andy Boyd returns to Centre Marembo – May 2012
Andy Boyd and his wife Viv Bowra spent 3 months in 2007 working at Centre Marembo supporting the developmentof the centre and running activities with groups of young people. Andy will be returning this May to carry out the monitoring and evaluation element of a new project that is underway supporting vulnerable girls and young women. You can visit Andy’s Justgiving page to read more about the project and to make a dontion to support the project: http://www.justgiving.com/Andy-Viv-Boyd-Bowra.
rYico successful in Comic Relief Application – Feb 2012
We are thrilled to announce that rYico has been awarded a grant by Comic Relief develop a project for girls and women at Centre Marembo. Details are still to be finalised and more information will be posted here shortly.
rYico successful in Heritage Lottery Application – Dec 2011
We are pleased to announce that rYico has been awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver a 2 year project in the UK, named ‘Keeping Memories: The Rwandan Community in the UK’.

For more information about the project, please visit our projects page. For latest news and updates, visit our news page.

Shop4Rwanda is rYico’s online shop through which rYico sells products made at Centre Marembo in Kigali. To visit the shop, click here.