The Benebikira Congregation is a native Rwandan order of Catholic nuns. In Kinyarwandan, Benebikira means "Daughters of Mary". They serve the poorest of the poor in Rwanda, a country that suffered so much during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
Their convent is over 100 years old and is in serious disrepair. They are in desperate need of a new home and because they originated in Rwanda, they have no mother order in Europe they can turn to for assistance. Immaculee Ilibagiza survived the genocide and is helping these saintly souls through her work in the U.S. and abroad. 100% of all money raised will go to rebuild their convent. Video updates will be posted on www.immaculee.com
website and here. Thank you for considering helping these hero nuns who give everything. Read below about their heroic actions during the genocide.
They showed tremendous love & courage during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that claimed nearly a million lives in 100 days. They defied the orders of the killers to separate by "Hutu" or "Tutsi" and sheltered many children who had fled their homes after their parents were killed. They watched in horror as the militia stormed in and slaughtered the children. They imprisoned the nuns inside the house and said they would have to wait to die and they would be back to kill them in early July. The sisters were saved when the RFP liberated the motherhouse on July 1 and the convent on the 3rd. The genocide ended on July 4th.
The Benebikira Congregation survived–but not without losses. In all, 20 of their sisters were killed. The Congregation survived to take up the work of peace, reconciliation and unity. They re-opened their schools, social services and health clinics, and they opened their hearts to care for the orphans that had swarmed to their doors.
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