The Imbabazi Orphanage was established by Roz Carr to care for children lost or orphaned by the Rwanda genocide of 1994. The orphanage is called Imbabazi, which means “a place where you will receive all the love and care a mother would give.”
Rosamond Carr, born in South Orange, New Jersey in 1912, led an extraordinary and eventful life. She left her life as a New York socialite and fashion illustrator, to travel to the Congo with her dashing husband, the British hunter Kenneth Carr. After her divorce in 1949, she settled down on her plantation in the foothills of Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains. Living in Rwanda for more than 50 years, Roz dedicated much of her life to the Rwanda people. She was awarded the 2001 Hublot Prize in Switzerland for her humanitarian work with the children of Rwanda. Roz died in 2006 at the age of 94 years old. The Imbabazi Foundation continues her work maintaining the orphanage and preparing the children for independent lives. As well as providing education and vocational education, Imbabazi offers a warm, loving and safe environment for the children in its care. Since it opened in December 1994, the orphanage has cared for more than 400 children. The orphanage is currently home to 110 children.
“I can only surmise that God didn’t feel I was ready to have children until I was 82 years old. Then he sent me forty all at once.” Roz Carr, Land of a Thousand Hills.
For more information about Imbabazi please visit www.imbabazi.org