Fundraising Dinner in Napa Valley with Deo and Tracy Kidder
Please join us for a special fundraising dinner at Fish Story in Napa Valley, organized by John Schwartz of Amuse Bouche Winery. Reservations are $350 per person. See below for more information.
November 7, 2013
Fish Story Restaurant in Napa, CA
The honored guests will be Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder and Deogratias "Deo" Niyizonkiza, the founder and CEO of VIllage Health Works, a grassroots non-profit organization providing compassionate, quality health care to the most vulnerable community members of rural Burundi. Deo is the protagonist of Tracy Kidder's New York Times bestseller Strength In What Remains. Strength In What Remains depicts Deo’s journey from medical student in Burundi, to struggling and homeless immigrant in New York City, to Ivy League-educated global health practitioner and doctor-in-training. Deo is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2014 Dalai Lama’s Unsung Heroes Award, the 2013 People to People International’s Eisenhower Medallion Award, a 2013 honorary degree from Williams College, the 2011 International Medal Award of St John’s University, and the 2010 Women Refugee Commission’s Voices of Courage Award.
Today Village Health Works serves the southwestern population of Burundi, a nation still recovering from thirteen years of genocidal war (1993-2006). VHW operates the regions' premier health center as declared by Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza. Neighboring Rwanda and Tanzania in East Africa, Burundi has one of the poorest economies in the world (ranked 185 out of 187 nations in the U.N Human Development index). 10 million people live in the size of Maryland and the majority live on less than $1/day. The entire country has only 200 trained doctors, 1 in 5 children die before the age of 5, and mothers have a 1 in 9 chance of dying in childbirth. VHW treats the root causes and social detriments of illness, disease, violence and neglect.