Spreading Hope, in Rwanda and the World Over


First he healed himself, then he started helping others do the same. Musician, singer and peace activist Jean-Paul Samputu continues a quest that started in the aftermath of Rwanda's genocide.

After learning to forgive the man who murdered his father, Samputu realized he wanted to do more. He founded the Mizero Foundation, an organisation that aims to help children who are homeless, orphaned, infected with HIV/Aids, or vulnerable in some other way.

The foundation has created the Mizero Troupe, a group of children who tour outside Rwanda singing and dancing.

The foundation provides children with basic needs and counseling, and promotes forgiveness, unity and peace among young people. The ultimate goal, it says is to ensure future generations remain free from conflict.

For another reflection on post-genocide Rwanda, check out this remarkable story by Ugandan journalist Andrew Mwenda.