L’Esperance Orphanage / Kigarama / Rwanda news update

Many of my regular readers will very likely remember my narrative of one of the many trips I have done in the past across Rwanda. On one of them I was able to visit the
L’Esperance Orphanage and met with Victor Monroy and his team of enthusiastic staff and volunteers at Kigarama.
Here is the latest update from Victor which I am happy to share with you all.

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Children's Village Kigarama

LIVING NINE YEARS IN RWANDA

My Dear Friends,

today July 22. 2014, nine years ago, I came to Rwanda. I would have never thought that I would stay such a long time up on the hills of Lake Kivu. Since I left Guatemala on July 1986 (28 years ago) I have never lived so long in one country. The maximum has been Norway and Germany, both with eight (8) years.

The Hills of Rwanda became indeed my home. Here I learned to dream…to expand my wings and fly…here I fell in Love with the Beauty and Fascination of Life. How in the world express in short words the experience of living on hills? It was magical. I have never laughed and cried so much in my life as here. It was an amazing mixture of joy and pain. Life allowed me to take care of over one hundred orphans. I saw many of them as little babies and now they are young kids. I experienced young kids becoming young adults. I buried two of my babies and I attended the weeding of several of my kids.

Life gave so much to me that I just needed to share. Yes, I shared my life with many kids and many workers. The Goodness of Life allowed me to live in a wonderful paradise. It was such a pleasure to transform a desert into a blooming garden. Here in East/Central Africa I finally learned that there is nothing impossible in life. I was constantly encouraged to dream and fulfill my dreams. And in that process it just happened that I got to live the most fantastic life that I could ever imagine.

I still remember the first time when I arrived at the orphanage. It was almost midnight and I had no idea where in the world I was. Next morning I opened the window of my room and I saw the Hills and the Lake Kivu. Oh My Goodness. What a beautiful place. Since then we have shared this small paradise with hundreds and hundreds of people from all over the world. I remember many volunteers from so many different countries. The experience of the Hills changed many of them. I saw them blooming and shining. I see now some of my key workers taking more responsibilities and been able to lead. Wish this small paradise could remain forever.

I gathered here so many Precious Golden Moments and they will stay deep in my heart and mind. I guess nothing last forever and life keeps going on. I choose to believe that things can get even better. May I share with YOU some of the best pictures of my Home done during the last nine years? You will find them HERE.

We were aiming to be the first and only orphanage worldwide ever reaching self-sufficiency and economic independency. We were on the way to do it. But things changed. Life has sometimes a very interesting humor. Relative soon a new chapter of my life will start. I still have in me the deep desire to share. I will check soon a different model of development. I will be the owner and manager of a Social Enterprise. The profits of Birambye-Lodge will be invested to run a kindergarten, to send kids to school/university and to support a nearby local community with general development. YES, life is good. When a door closes many other doors open. Feel free to support us or even better, to get involved. Life is a fantastic trip and a fascinating adventure. It is such an incredible privilege to be alive. Sending You all Sunshine and Warmth from the Hills of Lake Kivu in Rwanda.

Your friend,

Victor Manuel

If you would like to donate online via PayPal please use the link below
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8MLHK3KZ984P6

The money goes to our new bank account in Germany which is under the auspices of our volunteer, Katharina Wiesner. To avoid service fees, it is best if you have funds from your bank account loaded into your own Paypal account and then donate.

If you would like to wire funds:
Our Bank Account in The Netherlands (Euros)
Bank Name: ABN AMRO BANK
Bank Address: Amsterdam
Swift Code: ABNANL2A
Account Name: VICTOR MONROY TRUST
Account Number: 448122782
IBAN: NL50ABNA0448122782
Our Bank Account in Kigali (Euros)
Bank Name: BANK OF KIGALI
Bank Address: P.O. BOX 175 KIGALI, RWANDA
Swift Code: BKIGRWRW
Account Name: VICTOR MONROY C/0 L’ESPERANCE CHILDREN’S AID
Account Number: 0 40 – 0 20 69 65 – 97 / EUROS
Correspondant: FORTIS BANQUE BRUXELLES (for Europe)
DEUTSCHE BANK.TRUST COMPANY.NEW YORK (USA)
Our Bank Account in Kigali (USD)
Bank Name: BANK OF KIGALI
Bank Address: P.O. BOX 175 KIGALI, RWANDA
Swift Code: BKIGRWRW
Account Name: VICTOR MANUEL MONROY ESCOBAR
Account Number: 0 40 – 0 370 713 12 /USD
Correspondant: FORTIS BANQUE BRUXELLES (for Europe)
DEUTSCHE BANK.TRUST COMPANY.NEW YORK (USA)
Note: the bank in Kigali does not use the IBAN (International Bank Number)

Victor Monroy, Director
L’Esperance Children’s Aid Rwanda
Children’s Village Kigarama
P.O.Box 5026 Kigali, Rwanda
Tel. 00250/ 0788545731
Email: lesperancerwanda
Web: www.lesperancerwanda.org
www.victormonroytrust.com

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Children’s Village Kigarama · P.O. Box 5026 · Kigali, n/a · Rwanda

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