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.
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.
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.”
“This is my second month of holding my charity pop up restaurant for rYico. My first 2 meals raised over £400 towards the building fund and much fun was had by all. If you would like to know more about rYico have a look at the sponsor a brick page here.
I’m inviting you to come with your friends and enjoy a home style Chinese meal cooked by me and my friend Pat. This month the meal will be held on Friday 20th September at 8pm. I am asking for a minimum donation towards the building fund of £25 per person for an evening meal, please bring your own wine. We have up to 8 seats so come with 7 friends and take the whole table or come and meet some new people.”
You can contact Ann at: email@example.com
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
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’.
Shop4Rwanda is rYico’s online shop through which rYico sells products made at Centre Marembo in Kigali. To visit the shop, click here.