Jeannette Kagame

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Jeannette Kagame
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First Lady of Rwanda
Assumed role
March 24, 2000
Preceded bySerafina Bizimungu
Personal details
Born
Jeannette Nyiramongi

(1962-08-10) August 10, 1962 (age 56)
Burundi
NationalityRwandan
Spouse(s)Paul Kagame (m. 1989)
ChildrenIvan Kagame (born 1990)
Ange Kagame
Ian
Brian
ResidenceState House, Kiyovu, Kigali
ProfessionFirst Lady of Rwanda
Websitewww.imbutofoundation.org
jeannettekagame.com

Jeannette Nyiramongi Kagame (Jeannette Nyiramongi,[1] born August 10, 1962) is the wife of Paul Kagame. She became the First Lady of Rwanda when her husband took office as President in 2000. The couple have four children - Ivan, Ange, Ian and Brian.[1][2] Kagame is the Founder and Chairman of Imbuto Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the development of a healthy, educated and prosperous society.

Activism[edit]

Jeannette Kagame returned to her native Rwanda following the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.[2] She has since become devoted to uplifting the lives of vulnerable population in Rwanda, particularly those of widows, orphans and impoverished families.

Kagame hosted the first African First Ladies’ Summit on Children and HIV/AIDS Prevention in May 2001 in Kigali, Rwanda.[2] The summit lead to the founding of the PACFA (Protection and Care of Families against HIV/AIDS).[2] an initiative primarily focused on providing a holistic approach to HIV prevention and care for the whole family. Kagame later co-founded the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) in 2002, and served as its president from 2004 until 2006.[2]

Over the years, PACFA grew to include projects other than those in the HIV/AIDS domain and in 2007 Imbuto Foundation - which means “seed” in Kinyarwanda - was established. The Foundation implements various projects such as: extending basic care and economic support to HIV affected families; enhancing knowledge and changing attitudes towards adolescent sexual and reproductive health; protecting youth against HIV/AIDS; malaria prevention; motivating girls to excel in school; providing scholarships to disadvantaged youth; promoting a reading culture; mentoring and equipping youth with entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

The First Lady is also a patron of the Rotary Club Virunga, based in Kigali, which established the first public library in Rwanda in 2012.[2] Mrs. Kagame is also a member of the board of directors for several organizations, including the Global Coalition of Women against HIV/AIDS and the Friends of the Global Fund Africa.[2]

In 2010, Kagame received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Oklahoma Christian University for her contribution to the worldwide fight against HIV/AIDS and poverty. In the same year, she was appointed Special Representative on Child Nutrition by the World Food Program (WFP). In 2009, UNICEF presented the Children’s Champions Award to President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame in recognition of their efforts at improving the lives of children in Rwanda. In 2007, World Health Organization (WHO) appointed her the High Representative of the Africa AIDS Vaccine Program (AAVP), to ensure the active participation of African stakeholders in all areas of HIV and AIDS vaccine research and development.

Kagame holds a degree in Business and Management Science.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda". paulkagame.com. Retrieved 2009-10-11. Paul Kagame is married to Jeannette Nyiramongi and they have four children.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Speaker Biographie:". Global Leaders Forum. Archived from the original on 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2009-10-07.

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