The Green & Gold Community Garden is Celebrating Its Tenth Anniversary!

For 10 years, funds raised from donations for Garden produce have supported the work of the Tubahumurize Association for socially and economically marginalized women in Rwanda

Located on the University of Alberta South Campus, our “community garden with a difference” is volunteer run and virtually all of the seeds, plants and equipment that we use are donated. We grow “spray free” (no pesticides or artificial fertilizers) vegetables, fruits and flowers. These are available for purchase during market garden hours throughout the summer and sales are open to the public. 100% of the money raised goes to the Tubahumurize Association, a non-profit organization in Rwanda. Tubahumurize provides socially and economically marginalized women with vocational training, trauma counselling, life skills coaching, health care education, and opportunities for sustainable income generating activities. Most of the women who benefit from Tubahumurize are genocide survivors and many are widows or orphans, HIV infected, and survivors of physical and sexual violence.

Events

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we will have a number of special public events and we are delighted that Jeanne Mwiliriza, founder and programme coordinator of Tubahumurize, will be in Edmonton for these events. All are welcome. Please join us for these free public events!

Friday July 27 2018

“Helping Women in Rwanda to Rebuild Their Lives”

Public presentation by Jeanne Mwiliriza on the work of the Tubahumurize Association for Women in Rwanda

7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 9915 148 Street, Edmonton

SATURday July 28 2018

Come to our Saturday Garden Market to meet Jeanne Mwiliriza and other special guests

Enjoy a walking tour of the garden and orchard, and pick up some of our fresh, delicious produce

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at U of A South Campus (see our Visit Us page for directions)

For more information: e-mail gggarden@ualberta.ca

Rwandan Handicrafts will be available for sale at both public events

A Few Memories From The Past Ten Years

Flower patch at the Green & Gold Garden
The women of Tubahumurize sewing one of their beautiful quilts
Tomato planting at the Green & Gold Garden in 2015
Jeanne Mwiliriza (left) and students from the Tubahumurize sewing program
Snow on a market day at the Green & Gold Garden
Evening market at the Green & Gold Garden in 2016
A selection of handicrafts made by the women of Tubahumurize
Market day at the Green & Gold Garden in 2014

Additional Information on Jeanne Mwiliriza – Tubahumurize Association Founder & Program Coordinator

After losing her husband and more than 50 members of her extended family during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Jeanne, a social worker, organized groups of female survivors to share their stories and provide one another with emotional support. In 2006, she founded Tubahumurize Association, and today, she directs its programs. These include a sewing and embroidery vocational program, individual and group trauma counselling services, health education, and a micro-credit loan program that enables women to start small businesses to support their families. Jeanne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, a certificate in micro-finance, and several certificates in trauma counselling. In 2015, she won the US Embassy’s Women of Courage Award in recognition of her work at Tubahumurize. Jeanne is passionate about the Association’s development and aspires to strengthen and diversify the types of vocational training that Tubahumurize provides. Her dream is to create the first women’s shelter in Rwanda and work towards this is underway.

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