Roz Carr, an American woman living in Rwanda since 1949, established the Imbabazi Orphanage in December, 1994 to care for children lost or orphaned by the Rwandan genocide. In the local Kinyarwandan language, Imbabazi means: “a place where you will receive all the love and care a mother would give.” Volcanoes Safaris Co-Founder Praveen Moman, also a member of the orphanage board, is pleased to announce the completed renovations to the site. The orphanage recently spent 8 months carrying out the work, which included repainting the main house, expanding and fine-tuning the gardens and redeveloping its historical tours.
As well as providing informative tours, the staff has added a traditional Intore dance and drumming performance. When the orphanage was initially founded, these performances were a regular occurrence. Now, thanks to a small governmental grant, the orphanage has been able to train 15 local community members and hire a professional choreographer.
Clients can opt to participate in this tour, including the dance performance and tea and cookies. All proceeds go to payment of the dancers and upkeep of the orphanage. Contact our sales team to arrange this activity while on safari, or to enquire for more information. The dancers will additionally perform a special hour-long presentation on the last Sunday of each month at the orphanage.
Since its inception in 1994, the orphanage has cared for over 400 children, of whom many have been reunited with family members or since grown up to live productive, meaningful lives. The Imbabazi currently houses 110 Rwandan orphans. Volcanoes is proud to be connected to the work of Roz Carr and her Imbabazi Orphanage, and looks forward to supporting their work in the many successful years that lie ahead!