Maggy found refuge in the home of a German humanitarian worker and spent the

Maggy found refuge in the home of a german

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Maggy found refuge in the home of a German humanitarian worker and spent the next seven months pondering the next step for the children who were orphaned. She became known as the “crazy woman of Ruyigi” who dared to take in all the orphans who came to her. International NGOs present in Burundi and a growing number of friends from around the world helped make the miracle happen. The number of orphans was growing and Maggy expanded her activities and infrastructure. She gave her organisation a name: Maison Shalom > the House of Peace. The diocese of Ruyigi allowed her to use some of its buildings, a partnership that lasted until 2001. As needs grew, Maggy opened other centres for orphans; he Oasis de la Paix, in Gisuru, and Casa della Pace, in Butezi. 1
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Children who were orphaned by war, AIDS or share poverty have been her main targets. Since first taking responsibility for 25 war orphans in 1993, Maison Shalom has assisted more than 25 000 orphans or poverty-stricken children until now. She knew that nothing could ever replace the warmth and stability of a family in a child’s development. Although the war continued unabated, Maison Shalom maintained its efforts to trace the origins of the children it had taken in. The aim was to find their families. Those initial efforts
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  • Summer '16
  • Ramon Wawire
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo, Maison Shalom

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