with eyes open wide
Unfortunately today’s Icon Person passed away recently, but we shall still honor her incredible legacy for the country of Rwanda.
I was amazed at the bravery and perseverance that Anne Heyman demonstrated through her work for the orphaned Rwandan children. All complete strangers, in unknown territory to her.
After the 2005 genocide in Rwanda, Anne felt a calling to create Youth Villages similar to the ones created in Israel for orphaned Jewish children after the Holocaust. After raising the appropriate funds, a village of 32 homes specifically for orphaned teenagers were created in 2008. Now the home houses 500 orphans who go to school, work on the local farm, and learn trades in order to overcome their horrific past.
RIP Anne Heyman and thank you for the light that you brought to Rwanda in their great time of need.