Lisa Rogoff

Lisa Rogoff (Survivor Corps in Rwanda): Lisa has spent much of her professional career promoting human rights. She earned a BA from Colgate University. She then worked for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience where she produced Voices on Genocide Prevention, a weekly podcast. Lisa then worked at the ENOUGH Project, directing campaigns to raise awareness about the crises in Sudan, Congo and Uganda. Lisa returned to academia to pursue a joint-degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and McDonough School of Business. While at Georgetown she worked at the Clinton Global Initiative, designing the Human Rights and Peace Track for the CGI’s second annual conference for university students. During her first year at graduate school, Lisa also worked with the Grassroots and Issues Management Team at APCO Worldwide, a global communications consulting firm. After her fellowship, Lisa wrote: "My experience in Rwanda has taught me the importance of flexibility. I’ve also seen the importance of empowering women...I don’t know that I’ve changed the way I look at myself, though I have come to understand just how fortunate I am to have been born in my circumstances. I have met so many wonderful and talented men and women in Rwanda who have been unable to realize their fullest potential because of their economic, social, or political situations.”



I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane

07 Aug

Don’t know when I’ll be back again…

Which is what makes leaving Rwanda so difficult.  Over the past ten weeks, I have made great friends and had “wonderful moments.”

Children of Akagari ku Nyakabungo

Children of Akagari ku Nyakabungo

This experience would not have been possible without the support of so many friends, family members and colleagues.  Thank you to… everyone who donated to help me get to Rwanda; Georgetown for its very generous “Improving the Human Condition” grant; Survivor Corps and the Advocacy Project for their support and guidance; my fellow fellows in Africa – Bryan and Laura – who put up with my dictatorial travel ways; my dad for his dedicated comments and grammar checks on all of my blog postings; my mom for managing to keep her cool all summer and not flying out to Rwanda to check up on me; and Zach for putting up with our poor Skype connection and managing to be there for me even when we were oceans apart.

Fellow Fellows at Bora Bora in Bujumbura

Fellow Fellows at Bora Bora in Bujumbura

But most of all, thank you to everyone in Rwanda who let me visit, learn from, and just enjoy your beautiful country…

Executive Committee of DUHARANIREKUBAHO (Fight for Survival)

Executive Committee of DUHARANIREKUBAHO (Fight for Survival)

To my friends at DUHARANIREKUBAHO (Fight for Survival), who welcomed me with open arms and shared their personal stories so candidly.

Consolée and Chantal of ARCT-Ruhuka

Consolée and Chantal of ARCT-Ruhuka

To the counselors at IBUKA and ARCT-Ruhuka for allowing me to witness their important work as trauma counselors.

Women for Women International in Rwanda

Women for Women International in Rwanda

To AERG, ALSAR, Women for Women International, PRO-FEMMES, Imbuto, RAPP, LIPRODHOR, and so many others groups, for doing such necessary and important work here in Rwanda, and allowing me to gain insight into their organizations.  To Louis, for helping me improve upon my French.

Mussolini of ALSAR

Mussolini of ALSAR

To Mussolini for never failing to keep his spirits high and being on every single bus I got on.

Albert and me on my first day in Rwanda

Albert and me on my first day in Rwanda

To Albert, for his guidance, assistance in setting up interviews, and friendship.

Kabera at Lycee de Kigali

Kabera at Lycee de Kigali

To Kabera for allowing me to see inside his world and never failing to inspire me.

Muhire and me at Patrick and Ingrid's Wedding

Muhire and me at Patrick and Ingrid's Wedding

And to Muhire for showing me the hot spots of Kigali (she said that) and keeping me laughing.

As with any trip, there were ups and downs, but the time I spent in Rwanda is something I will take with me for the rest of my life.  I sometimes question how much I accomplished here and if my work had a significant impact, but one thing I know for sure is that I learned more than I ever expected.  And while I don’t have a return ticket booked quite yet, I know I’ll be back.  Turongera Rwanda…

Posted By Lisa Rogoff

Posted Aug 7th, 2009

249 Comments

  • Will Singuefield

    January 15, 2010

     

    Howdy absolutely enjoyed reading the blog. Thought i’d convey my thanks!

  • Britt Paulik

    January 15, 2010

     

    Exceptional page. My co-workers and I were just discussing this the other evening. Also your blog looks excellent on my old laptop. Now thats uncommon. Keep it up.

  • Faith Dinizio

    March 10, 2010

     

    Hello there. I would like to know if you have an RSS Feed so I can subscribe to it. I really enjoyed your post and I would like to keep up to date. Keep up the good work and thank you in advance.

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