COMPASSION. CREATIVITY. CULTURE.
 

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IMPANDA News

Part of IMPANDA's mission is to share our amazing successes, news about Rwanda and stories that inspire us to be better human beings. Please check back frequently for the latest on all that's going on with our organization, our community and the amazing people that help support it!

IMPANDA Update spring 2016

After Omy’s trip home to Rwanda in February, we've been realigning with the mission and vision of IMPANDA and devising a plan for our next steps towards empowering and supporting at risk youth in Rwanda, Africa. Thanks to all who've supported us this past year!

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STORY TIME in rwanda

Through hearing inspiring stories that resonate with the path these incredible kids are on, we offer hope and inspiration.  In addition, we encourage and teach the art of storytelling as a way to access innate vision and purpose.

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Rwanda Bean Coffee co.

Farm communities are a significant engine of growth for Rwanda. Coffee farming is a tradition that spans generations for many families. Please join IMPANDA in supporting Rwanda Bean Coffee Co. and their efforts to support local farmers. 


About IMPANDA

IMPANDA [pronounced im-haun-da] is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of at-risk Rwandan youth who've been directly or indirectly affected by the horrific genocide impacting the country in the mid 90's.

IMPANDA Founder, Ras Omy K, was a survivor of this historic, three-month long holocaust that killed approximately 1 million people, including his family. After witnessing the brutal slaughter of his mother and two sisters by the barbaric Huti majority government of the time, he was orphaned at age 9 and embarked on a "life of running" from the "machetes, machine guns and darkest aspects of humanity" that awaited him around every corner.  

In the years following the murder of his family, Ras Omy K became a survivor, living on the mean streets of central Rwanda and fighting each day to acquire life's basic necessities - food, clothing, water, shelter. 

In 2002, a total stranger who'd met Omy in a refugee camp during the genocide recognized him in downtown Kigali and immediately offered him a home. Months later, this stranger known as Faustin, funded Omy's secondary schooling in Uganda and acted as a father, mentor and benefactor - ensuring he didn't succumb to the violence, drugs or death so many kids of that generation found themselves victims of. During this time, Omy learned the important values of compassion, creativity and culture that would change his life forever.

As a result of this chance encounter, Ras Omy K relocated to Spokane, WA, fathered an amazing child with his wife, Sam, and has dedicated his life to honoring the lives of fallen countrymen while supporting those left behind through the philanthropic and humanitarian efforts of his non-profit organization, IMPANDA.

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COMPASSION

IMPANDA [pronounced im-haun-da] is dedicated to the empowerment of at-risk Rwandan youth who've been directly or indirectly affected by the horrific genocide of 1994.  It is our belief that by promoting self-reliance and creativity in the individual, we create a culture that impacts the collective whole.  By connecting with youth we are reminded of our basic human birth rights: to learn, heal, create, tell our story, and dance to the rhythm of our own hearts, in all we do.

CREATIVITY

IMPANDA [pronounced im-haun-da] is dedicated to the empowerment of at-risk Rwandan youth who've been directly or indirectly affected by the horrific genocide of 1994.

CULTURE

IMPANDA [pronounced im-haun-da] is dedicated to the empowerment of at-risk Rwandan youth who've been directly or indirectly affected by the horrific genocide of 1994.


"We must become bigger than we have been. More courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community."

- Haile Selassie