Maria is very close to our hearts. At thirteen years old, she became the only person in her family of eight to survive the Rwandan genocide. She has overcome more than most of us can imagine to be true, but Maria faces the world with such grace and beauty. Her husband Martin works two jobs in addition to helping Maria on the farm, so they can provide for their two precious boys, Emmanuel and Samuel.
After the genocide, Maria was too traumatized to return to school, so she has only an eighth grade education. With the additional income she will be able to earn by joining Kula’s program, she hopes to hire a tutor to help her earn her high school diploma, so she can “Help her boys with their school work when they get older.”
Be a part of Maria’s story. It will be one of the greatest privileges of your life.
All photos by Bobby Neptune.