Legacy Center Stands for Healing in Rwanda

Organization: The Legacy Center Inc
Website: extremegivers.com
Author: Dr. Lori Todd

Sarah Hipp is a graduate of Legacy Center’s NC111 Leadership Program (http://www.TheLegacyCenter.com). Legacy Center is committed to people being leaders in their community and the world and having a positive impact in the world. Sarah is standing in her vision of healing. As the Director of International Programs at Mizero Children of Rwanda in Asheville, North Carolina Sarah is committed to healing children in Rwanda.

Legacy CenterAt Legacy Center Sarah is coached in not only having a powerful vision but on how to be the person that will implement it successfully. In Rwanda, there are many orphans. Some of them are homeless, others live with relatives, some of their parents died of HIV/AIDS, which is closely linked because so many women were raped during the genocide and contracted AIDS.

Sarah is also the Rwandan Operations Manager for the Intore Music and Cultural Center in Kigali, Rwanda. The goal of the program is to start a music program with a group of orphan children from the Genocide, to bring hope and healing by giving them an outlet of expression. Through a Rwandan Mentor we are teaching boys traditional music, drumming and dance of Rwanda. These boys have been living on the street in a dirt parking lot for 10-15 years! They have experienced much trauma and rejection from their community, family and friends. Last year after one of the boys was shot on the street. To date, we have secured housing for the boys through a generous family in the US. We realized at that point that more was needed for these boys to help them become leaders in their community and to help them see hope and possibility in their lives.

Legacy CenterSarah is committed to creating a community center for the Arts in Rwanda. This Intore Music and Cultural Center will be the first of it’s kind in Rwanda. Currently there are no galleries for Art, performance halls, or cultural centers in Rwanda. The creation of this center will allow Rwandans to have a place to express themselves through music and art while also being a place for everyone to learn about Rwanda’s diverse Art culture! At the same time it will create possibility and suitability for the boys in Rwanda.

Currently Sarah is scouting in Rwanda to find potential partners, land and/or buildings for the center to come to life. She has partnered with a group called Playing For Change and have taught the boys the lyrics to John Lennon’s song Imagine, (which PFC bought the rights to) and have recorded!

Even though Sarah was in Rwanda during a recent election and was near a grenade attack that killed 8 people she is committed to building this cultural center. Sarah Hipp is an extreme giver in this world (http://www.extremegivers.com).


  • http://www.extremegivers.com Sarah Hipp

    I have been in Rwanda now for 3 weeks working on the creation of a Music and Cultural Center near Kigali with two amazing organizations from the states, LEAF International and Playing For Change! My job on this trip is to help identify a great partner here in Rwanda that can help bring this center to life! I am excited to be with a group of extremegivers. More on http://www.extremegivers.com where others gave comments

  • http://www.extremegivers.com Sarah Hipp

    I have been in Rwanda now for 3 weeks working on the creation of a Music and Cultural Center near Kigali with two amazing organizations from the states, LEAF International and Playing For Change! My job on this trip is to help identify a great partner here in Rwanda that can help bring this center to life! I am excited to be with a group of extremegivers. More on http://www.extremegivers.com where others gave comments

  • http://www.extremegivers.com Sarah Hipp

    A little history about the project: I came over in December of 2006 with LEAF International to start a Music program in what we thought was an orphanage. When we arrived we found that the youth we were suppose to start the program with were children living on the streets of kigali, Rwanda. Many of them had been on the street for 10 or more years! It was painful to see but thankfully the team I was with decided to take on the project and help give hope to the youth! I am proud to say now that these young people are off the street, amazing performers in traditional Rwandan dance and drumming and truly upstanding citizens! I am so proud and inspired by each one of them! What a blessing it is to now help create a center where they can share their talents with the community and the world around them! See more http://www.extremegivers.com. Sarah

  • http://www.extremegivers.com Sarah Hipp

    A little history about the project: I came over in December of 2006 with LEAF International to start a Music program in what we thought was an orphanage. When we arrived we found that the youth we were suppose to start the program with were children living on the streets of kigali, Rwanda. Many of them had been on the street for 10 or more years! It was painful to see but thankfully the team I was with decided to take on the project and help give hope to the youth! I am proud to say now that these young people are off the street, amazing performers in traditional Rwandan dance and drumming and truly upstanding citizens! I am so proud and inspired by each one of them! What a blessing it is to now help create a center where they can share their talents with the community and the world around them! See more http://www.extremegivers.com. Sarah

  • http://www.extremegivers.com Rob Katz

    I am so excited by the work our graduates are doing in Rwanda. Sarah Hipp comes from forgiveness and love wherever she lives.

  • http://www.extremegivers.com Rob Katz

    I am so excited by the work our graduates are doing in Rwanda. Sarah Hipp comes from forgiveness and love wherever she lives.

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