Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Third Decade

Yesterday March 16, 2011 was my third decade birthday. I looked behind to all those years that have passed and celebrated my existence today. My mother still has those memories of Monday 2pm when she saw me for the first time. Do not ask me how I felt since you all know that I cried! My sound was a signal that a new life has just confirmed his arrival on the earth. It was in a hospital somewhere in Rwanda where my mother was practicing as a nurse. When my father was told that my mother had a baby boy, he certainly jumped in the air since in my culture having a boy mean to have a family, and strength. I am not undermining the gender principals and the value of each child in a family, but there are values set buy our society and culture that we cannot change in a day.  Two year later, I was speaking, asking many questions and happy to learn new things. This is one of the characters I kept from my childhood. Currently, I am still interested in learning new things and discovering this complex world we live in.

On my ninth birthday the war started in Rwanda and I lived in the war zone for at least nine years. During this period, I lost almost all my childhood friends, three years of school, and survived the war.  In addition, I have memories of uncountable dead bodies I saw, slept with, and smelled like. There are days when I thought that I will never see the sun again; the nights were long probably more than 12 hours. The worst part is that I could not see anything since it was dark. I was hearing people crying for their lives in the dark and in such situation, each second counted as a day. Those people were in an extreme pain and dying. There was no medical assistance, and death was the only treatment for those who were lucky enough to have it. It was the most painful moment of my life.  

Despite all the worst moments, I am still alive not because I am a brave man, but I am alive by the gift of the Almighty God. He has plans for everybody among us and by our hard work; we assist in accomplishing his plan. We all have different views on this one, but the fun part is that we cannot remember the day we die.  Those who believe in resurrection, we will have a time to joke about it in the heaven.  

Although life seems to have been hard to enjoy, I am grateful for what I have accomplished. I have a Master of Science from the best school in the world, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I had an opportunity to learn from the best of the best in science and technology and worked with some of the most influential people in the world. In addition, I met and consulted with four heads of states including the president of my motherland. I founded VubaConsulting, a venture dedicated to advice internationals interested in working in Rwanda on how to be successful and make a change at community/village level. I have also been a Fellow at MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, one of the MIT incubators of the future developers of the developing countries. Moreover, I have been able to communicate with the world using my blog. Currently, the top ten of my audience for the last 10 months are Norway (2,138), USA (1,328), UK (252), Germany (245), Netherlands (206), Canada (119), France (117), Poland (96), Rwanda (80), and South Korea (75). Finally, I am grateful for this blessing of the Almighty God who kept me around for the last three decades. Today, I am a new baby ready to confront more complicated challenges and try to contribute in solving them.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Promoting Success in Rwanda

I am happy to announce the launch of VubaConsulting, a venture dedicated to providing advice, guidance, support, and in-country connections to people interested in working in Rwanda in the areas of environmental engineering, health, economic development, and education. At VubaConsulting we are determined to help you succeed in Rwanda.  If you are interested in working in Rwanda and your project is within the areas identified, please go to http://vubaconsulting.org/ for our contact details and we will be happy to assist you. 

Together we can promote success in Rwanda!

LifeEngine Clean Water Project

LifeEngine Clean Water Project
Testing Water Filtration Technology in Bisate Village