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Deo Visits Ireland for a Seminar Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide

VHW Founder and CEO, Deo NIyizonkiza traveled to Ireland for a national conference, sponsored by four main Irish international humanitarian agencies-- Concern Worldwide, GOAL, Oxfam Ireland, and Trocaire. The conference will mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide in the Royal Irish Academy on April 10th, 2014. 

Deo's visit has been featured in The Journal and The Herald. Deo was also interviewed on RTE Radio One, as well as the television show, Ireland AM.

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Deo on Ireland AM with Maura Lennon from GOAL. 

Deo's Talk at Clinton Global Initiative University

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, Deo participated at the Clinton Global Initiative University annual conference at Arizona State University. Deo's panel, titled "Coming in Second: Scaling What Works" is viewable HERE

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Pictured above is Deo together with the panel's moderator, Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation. Photo credit: Paul Morse and the Clinton Global Initiative. 

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Honors Deo

On February 23rd, 2014, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama honored VHW founder and CEO, Deogratias Niyizonkiza as a 2014 Unsung Hero of Compassion. The full webcast of the celebratory event is available HERE and his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's visit to the Bay Area is described in detail in THIS ARTICLE.

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Deo Receives Karen Armstrong's Support

Religious scholar Karen Armstrong congratulates Deo on receiveing the Dalai Lama's 2014 Unsung Hero of Compassion Award. Please click HERE to watch the video. 

Deo and VHW Featured on the Seattle Rotary Website

On Wednesday, March 5th, VHW Founder and CEO Deo spoke at the Seattle Rotary Club's weekly luncheon. For a summary of the event, please visit the Seattle Rotary Club website.

From the talk: "We want medical services to serve patients and train local health professionals in a dignified environment. We want a strong infrastructure so we can train others and inspire others beyond Burundi." -Deo Niyizonkiza

VHW's 2013 Fourth Quarterly Newsletter

Check out VHW's 2013 Fourth Quarterly Newsletter.

VHW Featured in AllPeopleBeHappy Foundation Newsletter

In the latest AllPeopleBeHappy Foundation newsletter, Village Health Works and VHW founder and CEO, Deo Niyizonkiza were featured for their participation in the Houston Grantmaker's Forum. Please read the full newsletter HERE.

 

Wheelock College President Visits Kigutu

In a recent blog post in the Huffington Post, Jackie Jenkins-Scott, the President of Wheelock College, reflected on her visit to Village Health Works and her time shadowing VHW founder and CEO, Deo Niyizonkiza. Titled "Out of Genocide Comes Hope: New Year's Eve in Burundi," the piece highlights VHW's accomplishments and its unique ability to cultivate hope.

From the article:

"What Deo and the residents of Kigutu have accomplished in six short years is nothign short of miraculous.NOt only have they build a high functioning outpatient hospital, but they also created a sustainable farm, community center, economic coops, residential quarters for 55 staff and a nice new guest house for upt to 20 people...While the facilities are modest, there is an incredible sense of respect and appreciation for every human being often not found in our modern high tech healthcare facilities."

Read the full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jackie-jenkinsscott/out-of-genocide-comes-hop_b_4550697.html.

Deo's Talk at Global Washington

If you weren't able to see Deo's keynote lecture at the Global Washington 2013 annual conference in Seattle, you can watch his talk here (skip to 17:00 min):

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/40738074.

VHW Featured in Crosscut

In an article titled, "The Burundian Paul Farmer is Seattle's latest global health hero," writer Collin Tong describes VHW's success and the commitment specifically of VHW supporters in the Seattle, WA region. Read the article here: http://crosscut.com/2013/11/19/health-medicine/117435/village-health-works-seattle-burundi-global-health/?page=single.

From the article:

"Global health leaders in Seattle like Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer at Seattle King County Public Health and former director of Global Health Strategies at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, view the clinic as a powerful example of community-driven health care. "The VHW concept is spot-on-- recognizing that health is determined by a lot more than what happens in a clinic, and working in a cross-sector way along multiple fronts to improve community conditions."

VHW Launches CrowdRise Campaign

As part of the CrowdRise Holiday Challenge, VHW just launched a fundraising campaign for the Women's Health Pavilion. The Team that raises the most money gets a $100,000 donation to their cause. Second place gets $40,000 and third gets $20,000. 

Please help us build this urgently needed obstetrics/ surgery center by donating today: http://www.crowdrise.com/villagehealthworkswhp/fundraiser/villagehealthworks

KTVU Features Napa Fundraiser

On November 7th, 2013, VHW supporters held a special fundraiser at Fish Story Restaurant in Napa Valley. The dinner, sponsored by John Schwartz of Amuse Bouche Winery, raised more then $66,000 for the Women's Health Pavilion. 

Watch the KTVU segment here: https://vimeo.com/79752293. 

Deo and VHW Featured in The Seattle Times

Seattle Times columnist, Jerry Large, recently wrote a column about Deo's story, the progress being made by Village Health Works, and the support being provided by VHW Seattle. If you're interested in getting involved, please do not hesitate to contact the Seattle network at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

From the article:

"Village Health Works, which started as a small clinic, provides a whole range of services from health care to education, and it has become a place not just to heal bodies, but to sow peace and renewal.

[Deo] comes to Seattle with a message from his success in Burundi: "It can teach the world what is possible," he said. "And give one hope that we shouldn't run away from problems. We should confront them," by working together."

You can read the full article here: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022253394_jdlcolumn14xml.html 

Seattle Newsletter

If you're from the Washington state region, be sure to check out the VHW Seattle newsletter, http://j.mp/vhwsn002. This issue of the newsletter provides an overview of Deo's upcoming visit to Seattle and fetures stories from VHW's longtime friend, Justin Hanseth (pictured below with our staff), who helped launch VHW's food security program. 

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Napa Raises $66k for VHW

VHW's Napa Valley community raised $66,300 for the Women's Health Pavilion. Read more about the successful fundraiser: http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/fundraiser-nets-for-burundi-health-center/article_57fa57b4-48e2-11e3-8c0d-0019bb2963f4.html. 

From the article:

"Thursday’s dinner, hosted by Fish Story [Restaurant], included speeches by Village Health Works’ founder Deogratias “Deo” Niyizonkiza and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder, who told Deo’s story in his book “Strength in What Remains.” Most who attended, including members of the Napa City Council, business owners and vintners, brought copies of the book with them to be signed... Holcomb said he hopes Thursday’s fundraiser will be the first of many in Napa and that the city can soon establish a formal relationship with Village Health Works and Burundi."