AFKPL AND MSKPL EVENTS

The following, in reverse chronological order, are past events hosted or co-hosted by or featuring American Friends of the Kigali Public Library (AFKPL) and/or Marshall Scholars for the Kigali Public Library (MSKPL). AFKPL and MSKPL work with the Rotary Club of Kigali–Virunga, Rwanda (RCKV), to fundraise for, to raise public awareness about, to collect books for, and to build the Kigali Public Library (KPL), Rwanda's first public library. Please note that this list of events does not include ongoing or general fundraising, publicity, book collection, and construction that are not centered around any particular event. Please also note that positions or titles held by individuals listed below were accurate at the time of the event, and may have changed over time. Please scroll down for more information on the following events:

2007
  • June 2007 AFKPL Fundraising Event at the Washington, DC Office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • May 2007 AFKPL/MSKPL Fundraising Presentation to the Magdalen College Trust, University of Oxford, in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • May 2007 AFKPL/MSKPL Presentation at the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, Connecticut, USA
  • April 2007 AFKPL Co-Sponsorship of "Miracle in Rwanda" in New York City, New York, United States
  • April 2007 AFKPL/MSKPL Presentation at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California, USA
  • April 2007 Fundraising Event by the Chicago Chapter of the American Friends of the Kigali Public Library in Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • February 2007 AFKPL/MSKPL Fundraising Presentation to the Magdalen College Trust, University of Oxford, in Oxford, United Kingdom
2006
  • June 2006 Annual SCOLMA Conference Featuring AFKPL/MSKPL in London, United Kingdom
  • April 2006 Fundraising Event by the Chicago Chapter of the American Friends of the Kigali Public Library in Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Winter 2006 AFKPL/MSKPL Fundraiser at Balliol College Chapel, Balliol College, University of Oxford, in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • February-March 2006 AFKPL/MSKPL Presentation at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
  • February 2006 AFKPL/MSKPL Fundraising Campaign for Zachary Kaufman's Birthday
  • February 2006 AFKPL/MSKPL Fundraising Presentation to the Magdalen College Trust, University of Oxford, in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • February 2006 AFKPL/MSKPL Presentation at Stanford University in Stanford, California, USA
2005
  • November 2005 MSKPL Presentation to Pacific Crest Community School in Portland, Oregon, USA
  • November 2005 US$100,000 Anonymous Pledge to AFKPL
  • November 2005 US$10,000 Grant to AFKPL from the Target Corporation
  • November 2005 AFKPL Meeting with World Bank Officials
  • September 2005 Fundraising Book Fair by the Tulsa Friends of the Kigali Public Library in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
  • September 2005 Conference, "The Criminal Law of Genocide—International, Comparative and Contextual Aspects" Featuring AFKPL and MSKPL at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • June 2005 AFKPL Presentation to the Alliance Française of Washington, DC, United States
  • May 2005 Symposium, "Genocide in Our Midst: Remembering Rwanda, Debating Darfur" at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • May 2005 AFKPL/RCKV Fundraising Event at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, United States
  • May 2005 AFKPL/MSKPL Fundraising Presentation to the Magdalen College Trust, University of Oxford, in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • February 2005 Event with Paul Rusesabagina Featuring AFKPL and MSKPL at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • February 2005 AFKPL–MGM/UA Screening of "Hotel Rwanda" in New York City, New York, United States
  • February 2005 AFKPL/MSKPL Fundraising Presentation to the Magdalen College Trust, University of Oxford, in Oxford, United Kingdom
2004
  • 2004 Book Drive at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, United States, to Support AFKPL
  • November 2004 Rwandan Ambassador Speaks to the Women's Network in London, United Kingdom, to Support MSKPL
  • October 2004 AFKPL Board Member Participation in "Ironman" Competition in Maryland, United States, to Support AFKPL
  • September 2004 Opinion Editorial in Pioneer Press by MSKPL Member Reflecting on MSKPL Trip to Rwanda
  • August 2004 Article in Florida Sun–Sentinel about MSKPL Trip to Rwanda
  • August 2004 MSKPL Presentation to the Rotary Club of Palm Beach, Florida, United States
  • July 2004 Article in Newsweek about MSKPL Trip to Rwanda
  • July 2004 MSKPL Trip to Rwanda
  • June 2004 Conference, "Remembering Rwanda: Justice for War Criminals and the Role of the International Criminal Court," at Rhodes House, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • June 2004 Rhodes and Marshall Scholars' Recital at Rhodes House, Oxford, United Kingdom, to Support AFKPL and MSKPL
  • May 2004 Rwanda Film Festival Fundraiser at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • May 2004 Conference, "The Rwandan Genocide and Transitional Justice: Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Genocide," at the University of Oxford, in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • May 2004 US$100,000 Donation to the KPL through AFKPL
  • May 2004 AFKPL/MSKPL Fundraising Presentation to the Magdalen College Trust, University of Oxford, in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • April 2004 MSKPL Fundraising Drive Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide and Holocaust Memorial Day
  • April 2004 Opinion Editorial in the Jewish Journal by MSKPL Fundraising Director about MSKPL Fundraising Campaign Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide and Holocaust Memorial Day
  • March 2004 Event Featuring AFKPL at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • February 2004 AFKPL/MSKPL Fundraising Presentation to the Magdalen College Trust, University of Oxford, in Oxford, United Kingdom
2003
  • December 2003 AFKPL/MSKPL Presentation to the Rotary Club of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • November 2003 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Marshall Scholarship in London, United Kingdom, Featuring MSKPL
  • November 2003 Presentation by AFKPL Board Member to the Globetrotters Club in New York City, New York, United States
  • October 2003 MSKPL Presentation to the Rotary Club of West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
  • October 2003 AFKPL Presentation to the International Youth Assembly of the YMCA–YWCA in Umeä, Sweden
  • August 2003 Article in London Press Service about MSKPL
  • August 2003 Opinion Editorial in The Bulletin by MSKPL Members
  • August 2003 AFKPL / Inyana Fundraiser at UDC and Izoza in the Washington, DC Area, United States
  • August 2003 AFKPL / MSKPL Presentation at IIMCR in The Hague, The Netherlands
  • August 2003 Article in The Globetrotters Club E–Newsletter by AFKPL Member
  • May 2003 MSKPL Fundraising / Public Awareness in Florida, United States
  • April 2003 AFKPL/MSKPL Presentation to the Rotary Club of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • February 2003 AFKPL/MSKPL Fundraising Presentation to the Magdalen College Trust, University of Oxford, in Oxford, United Kingdom
2002
  • November 2002 Fundraiser at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Fall 2002 Founding of Marshall Scholars for the Kigali Public Library
  • August 2002 AFKPL Presentation at IIMCR in The Hague, The Netherlands
  • June 2002 AFKPL Booth at the Annual International Rotary Convention in Barcelona, Spain
  • April 2002 AFKPL Presentation at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, Connecticut, United States
  • March 2002 AFKPL Appearance on Voice of America
  • February 2002 AFKPL Fundraiser at the International Student House in Washington, DC, United States
2001
  • July 2001 AFKPL Fundraising Presentation at the Rwandan Embassy in Washington, DC, United States
  • 2001 Article in Central African Magazine by AFKPL President
  • February 2001 Founding of American Friends of the Kigali Public Library by Zachary Kaufman

JUNE 2007 AFKPL FUNDRAISING EVENT AT THE WASHINGTON, DC OFFICE OF O'MELVENY & MYERS

On Friday, June 15, 2007, the Washington, DC office of the international law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, hosted a fundraiser for the American Friends of the Kigali Public Library. Zachary Kaufman, founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors, AFKPL; co-founder and Executive Director, MSKPL; and Honorary Member, RCKV, who was spending the first half of the summer of 2007 working as a Summer Associate at O'Melveny & Myers, successfully lobbied for the AFKPL to be the designated charity for this date's "Denim Days," a weekly event on Fridays in which O'Melveny & Myers employees wear denim and contribute to a designated charity. The event raised US$1,340, setting a new record for the firm's "Denim Days." With this sum, O'Melveny & Myers became a Founding Member of the KPL and will thus receive all corresponding benefits, including recognition on the commemorative plaque that will be located at the entrance to the KPL when it is constructed.

MAY 2007 AFKPL / MSKPL FUNDRAISING PRESENTATION TO THE MAGDALEN COLLEGE TRUST, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, IN OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

On Saturday, 5 May 2007, AFKPL representative Albert Robinson, who is a student in Magdalen College, University of Oxford, delivered a fundraising presentation on Rwanda and the Kigali Public Library to the Magdalen College Trust of Magdalen College, University of Oxford. His presentation was prepared in conjunction with Zachary Kaufman, founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors, AFKPL; co-founder and Executive Director, MSKPL; and Honorary Member, RCKV. The event raised £300, the equivalent of approximately US$600.

MAY 2007 AFKPL / MSKPL PRESENTATION AT THE YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF FORESTRY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES IN NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, USA

On Wednesday, 2 May 2007, Zachary Kaufman, founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors, AFKPL; co-founder and Executive Director, MSKPL; and honorary member, RCKV, delivered a multi-media presentation at Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Mr. Kaufman's lecture, entitled, "Social Entrepreneurship as a Sustainable Development Initiative: The Kigali Public Library as a Case Study," was hosted by the Sustainable Development Initiatives for the Global South, a student group.

APRIL 2007 AFKPL / MSKPL CO-SPONSORSHIP OF "MIRACLE IN RWANDA" IN NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA

On Saturday, 28 April 2007, AFKPL co-sponsored the performance of "Miracle in Rwanda" in New York City, New York, USA. "Miracle in Rwanda," a one-woman show starring Leslie Lewis Sword, tells the incredible story of Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza, who survived her family's slaughter by hiding with seven other women in the bathroom of a local pastor's home. Sixty Minutes recently featured Immaculée's return to Rwanda. The portion of the box office that was donated to the AFKPL was $588.97. A donations basket AFKPL was invited to bring collected an additional $558. So, the total amount the event raised was $1,146.97.

APRIL 2007 AFKPL / MSKPL PRESENTATION AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, IN STANFORD, CALIFORNIA, USA

On Sunday, 15 April 2007, Zachary Kaufman, founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors, AFKPL; co-founder and Executive Director, MSKPL; and honorary member, RCKV, delivered a multi-media presentation at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford California, USA. Mr. Kaufman's lecture, entitled, "Atrocities and Social Entrepreneurship," was part of Unite for Sight's 4th Annual International Health Conference.

APRIL 2007 FUNDRAISING EVENT BY THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE KIGALI PUBLIC LIBRARY IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA

On Saturday, 7 April 2007, the Chicago Chapter of the AFKPL hosted its second annual benefit to raise awareness about and funds for the KPL. As in 2006, the event included traditional Rwandese dancers, live music, appetizers, and a silent art auction. The art was donated by renowned artists such as Ed Clark, Danny Simmons, Duhirwe Rushemeza, and other artists from Chicago, New York, and Michigan. This year the event also included a live auction with Bonnie DeShong of V103 radio station as the celebrity auctioneer. The event, attended by about 150 guests, was held from 7 – 11pm at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The auction's corporate sponsor, Starbucks Coffee, provided a plethora of auction items as well as volunteers. With approximately 80 pieces of art for sale, and tickets costing US$20 in advance and US$25 at the door, the event raised approximately US$9,500. The members of the organizing committee of the Chicago Chapter of the AFKPL are Caroline Batambuze, Sarah Kakoma, Diana Kakoma, and Duhirwe Rushemeza, but many volunteers contributed their time and labor for this event.

FEBRUARY 2007 AFKPL / MSKPL FUNDRAISING PRESENTATION TO THE MAGDALEN COLLEGE TRUST, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, IN OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

On Tuesday, 6 February 2007, AFKPL representative Albert Robinson, who is a student in Magdalen College, University of Oxford, delivered a fundraising presentation on Rwanda and the Kigali Public Library to the Magdalen College Trust of Magdalen College, University of Oxford. His presentation was prepared in conjunction with Zachary Kaufman, founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors, AFKPL; co-founder and Executive Director, MSKPL; and Honorary Member, RCKV. The event raised £300, the equivalent of over US$585.

JUNE 2006 ANNUAL SCOLMA CONFERENCE FEATURING AFKPL/MSKPL IN LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

On Wednesday, 7 June 2006, the Standing Conference on Library Materials on Africa (SCOLMA), an institution in the United Kingdom, held its annual conference on the theme of "Africa in Libraries, Libraries in Africa." The conference featured AFKPL/MSKPL materials about the KPL. AFKPL and MSKPL express their appreciation to SCOLMA and Dr. Marion Wallace, Curator of African Collections, British Library, London, United Kingdom.

APRIL 2006 FUNDRAISING EVENT BY THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE KIGALI PUBLIC LIBRARY IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA

On Saturday, 22 April 2006, the Chicago Chapter of the AFKPL hosted a benefit to raise awareness about and funds for the KPL. The event included traditional Rwandese dancers, live music, and appetizers, and featured a silent art auction with art donated from renowned artists such as Samella Lewis, Duhirwe Rushemeza, and Danny Simmons. Organized by Sarah Kakoma, Diana Kakoma, Caroline Batambuze, Jacqueline Batambuze, the event, attended by 200 guests, was held from 7-11 pm in the Atrium Room of National-Louis University in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The two corporate sponsors of the event were Starbucks Coffee, which served Rwandese coffee and desserts, and Intelligentsia Coffee, which auctioned coffee and donated a financial contribution to the KPL. With approximately 35 pieces of art auctioned and tickets costing US$20 in advance and US$25 at the door, the event raised approximately US$15,000.

WINTER 2006 AFKPL / MSKPL FUNDRAISER AT BALLIOL COLLEGE CHAPEL, BALLIOL COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, IN OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

In the Hilary (winter) Term of the 2005-2006 academic year at the University of Oxford, the chapel collections at Balliol College, University of Oxford, were taken in aid of AFKPL and MSKPL. The campaign raised £892.29, the equivalent of over US$1,680. AFKPL and MSKPL express their appreciation to Natalie Quinn, DPhil (PhD) candidate in Economics and Chapel Treasurer, Balliol College, University of Oxford, for assistance.

FEBRUARY Ð MARCH 2006 AFKPL / MSKPL PRESENTATION AT DARTMOUTH COLLEGE IN HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA

From Monday, 27 February 2006, to Thursday, March 2, 2006, Zachary Kaufman, founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors, AFKPL; co-founder and Executive Director, MSKPL; and honorary member, RCKV, delivered a series of multi-media presentations at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. Mr. Kaufman's lectures, which related to social entrepreneurship and the Kigali Public Library, were hosted by Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business and William Jewett Tucker Foundation. Mr. Kaufman was recognized as "A Leader of Our Generation" in a course taught by Ella L. J. Edmondson Bell, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, in a project researched and presented by six second-year Master's of Business Administration students: Anne-Titia Bové, Jeffrey Danley, Daniel Espinal, Richard Hurtado, Abhijeet Joshi, and Simon Rosof. AFKPL expresses its appreciation to each of these individuals, as well as John H. Vogel, Jr., Adjunct Professor of Business Administration and Associate Faculty Director for Corporate Citizenship, James M. Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship; Dr. Stuart C. Lord, Virginia Rice Kelsey '61S Dean of the Tucker Foundation and Associate Provost of Dartmouth College; and Sean Kellem.

FEBRUARY 2006 AFKPL / MSKPL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR ZACHARY KAUFMAN'S BIRTHDAY

On Friday, 17 February 2006, Zachary Kaufman, founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors, AFKPL; co-founder and Executive Director, MSKPL; and honorary member, RCKV, launched his first annual AFKPL/MSKPL birthday fundraising campaign stating that his birthday wish was to receive donations to benefit the KPL. The campaign raised approximately US$1,000.

FEBRUARY 2006 AFKPL / MSKPL FUNDRAISING PRESENTATION TO THE MAGDALEN COLLEGE TRUST, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, IN OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

On Friday, 10 February 2006, AFKPL representatives Wen Shi and Shakirah Hudani, who are both graduate students in Magdalen College, University of Oxford, and Rhodes Scholars, delivered a fundraising presentation on Rwanda and the Kigali Public Library to the Magdalen College Trust of Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Their presentation was prepared in conjunction with Zachary Kaufman, founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors, AFKPL; co-founder and Executive Director, MSKPL; and Honorary Member, RCKV. Current or former Magdalen College graduate students who attended or otherwise contributed their support included: Rhodes Scholar Fahim Ahmed, Alexandra Buckle, Marshall Scholar Scott Grinsell, Menzies Scholar Sarah Martin, Darci Phillips, Albert Robinson, Rhodes Scholar Megan Steven, and Marshall Scholar Yong Suh. The event raised £500, the equivalent of over US$870.

FEBRUARY 2006 AFKPL / MSKPL PRESENTATION AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY IN STANFORD, CALIFORNIA, USA

On Wednesday, 1 February, 2006, Zachary Kaufman, founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors, AFKPL; co–founder and Executive Director, MSKPL; and honorary member, RCKV, delivered a multi–media presentation at Stanford University in Stanford California, USA. Mr. Kaufman's lecture, entitled, "Social Entrepreneurship in Developing and Post–Conflict States: The Kigali Public Library as a Case Study," was hosted by the Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, where Mr. Kaufman is a 2005–06 Fellow.

NOVEMBER 2005 MSKPL PRESENTATION TO PACIFIC CREST COMMUNITY SCHOOL IN PORTLAND, OREGON, USA

On Monday, 21 November 2005, MSKPL Member and Marshall Scholar Abbie Liel served as the guest speaker to the history of Africa class at the Pacific Crest Community School in Portland, Oregon, USA. Ms. Liel delivered a multimedia presentation on the history of Rwanda, including the genocide, and the building of the Kigali Public Library. The presentation was followed by an question–and–answer session with the students.

NOVEMBER 2005 US$100,000 ANONYMOUS PLEDGE TO AFKPL

On Saturday, 12 November 2005, the same donor that contributed US$100,000 to AFKPL in May 2004 and prefers to remain anonymous pledged, as a matching challenge, to donate another US$100,000 when the same sum is raised locally in Rwanda from this date forward.

NOVEMBER 2005 US$10,000 GRANT TO AFKPL FROM THE TARGET CORPORATION

On Friday, 11 November 2005, the 2005 International Grant program of the Target Corporation awarded AFKPL a US$10,000 grant to purchase books and other educational supplies for the KPL. In addition to the grant, Associated Merchandise Corporation, the buying arm of the Target Corporation, presented AFKPL with a plaque that reads: "Thank you for making a real difference. Congratulations! Target Sourcing Services/AMC is proud to present your organization with this award. We gladly support organizations like yours that have an ongoing commitment to children, youth and families. We wish you continued success in your worthwhile efforts."

AFKPL would like to thank Janet Labuda, AFKPL Secretary, Grants Specialist, and Member of the Board of Directors, who prepared AFKPL's grant application to the Target Corporation.

NOVEMBER 2005 AFKPL MEETING WITH WORLD BANK OFFICIALS

On Wednesday, 2 November 2005, a KPL delegation comprising members from AFKPL and RCKV and Rwandan government officials met with the World Bank's Vice President for Africa, Gobind Nankani; Candy Perque Herlihy, Vice President's Team, Africa Region; and Susan Opper, Senior Education Specialist, Africa Region, to discuss the KPL. The meeting served as a follow–up to the visit Mr. Nankani, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, and other World Bank officials made to Rwanda in mid–June 2005. The meeting concluded with an agreement to continue meetings between World Bank officials and KPL representatives to discuss ways the World Bank might be able to provide financial support and in–kind donations to the KPL.

The delegation representing the KPL at the meeting was:

  • Zachary Kaufman, founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors, AFKPL; co–founder and Executive Director, MSKPL; and honorary member, RCKV.
  • Louise Mushikiwabo, activist, public speaker, author, and documentary consultant on issues relating to Rwanda.
  • His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Zac Nsenga, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States, Argentina, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico.
  • Raj Rajendran, President–Elect, RCKV, and Managing Director, Utexrwa S.A.
  • Violette Uwamutara, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States.
  • Marisa van Saanen, extended–term consultant, Development Dialogue on Value and Ethics, Human Development Network, World Bank, and member, AFKPL and MSKPL.

In addition to those who participated in the 2 November meeting, the KPL delegation would also like to thank the following individuals for their various contributions to the preparations for this meeting:

  • Kaliza Karuretwa Ines, Economic Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States.
  • Janet Labuda, AFKPL Secretary, Grants Specialist, and Member of the Board of Directors.
  • Gerald Mpyisi, Chair, Kigali Public Library committee, RCKV.
  • Paul Masterjerb, Past–President, RCKV.
  • Tanusri Prasanna, former World Bank employee.
  • Consolata Rusagara, President, RCKV.

SEPTEMBER 2005 FUNDRAISING BOOK FAIR BY THE TULSA FRIENDS OF THE KIGALI PUBLIC LIBRARY IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA, USA

On Sunday, 18 September 2005, the Tulsa Friends of the Kigali Public Library (TFKPL) held a fundraiser that raised US$6,033.66 for the AFKPL. TFKPL, which is founded and led by 2002 Marshall Scholar David McCrary, is a coalition of volunteers from around the Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, metropolitan area that has committed to help build Rwanda's first public library. This fundraiser, TFKPL's first, was a book fair held at the University United Methodist Church, which is located on the campus of The University of Tulsa. The TFKPL book fair, through which approximately 10,000 books were sold during this one–day event, involved over a dozen schools, five churches, and numerous collegiate organizations in the collection and sale of the books.

AFKPL would like to express its appreciation to David McCrary and all other members of TFKPL.

SEPTEMBER 2005 CONFERENCE, "THE CRIMINAL LAW OF GENOCIDE–INTERNATIONAL, COMPARATIVE AND CONTEXTUAL ASPECTS" FEATURING AFKPL AND MSKPL AT NOTTINGHAM LAW SCHOOL, NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY, NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM

On Thursday, 1 September 2005, and Friday, 2 September 2005, Nottingham Law School hosted a conference, "The Criminal Law of Genocide—International, Comparative and Contextual Aspects." This conference, which took place Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, United Kingdom, raised public awareness about the Kigali Public Library. The conference featured keynote addresses by:

  • Professor Henry King: "Genocide and Nuremberg" Former U.S. prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg (the Nuremberg Tribunal); former General Counsel of the U.S. Foreign Economic Aid Program; former Chairman of the Section on International Law and Practice of the American Bar Association; U.S. Director of the Canada–United States Law Institute; Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Professor Juan Méndez: "The United Nations and the Prevention of Genocide" United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide; President, International Center for Transitional Justice; Former General Counsel, Human Rights Watch; Former Executive Director, Inter–American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica; former Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre Dame; Former President, Inter–American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States
  • His Excellency Judge Tuiloma Neroni Slade: "The Prohibition of Genocide Under the Legal Instruments of the International Criminal Court" Presiding Judge, Pre–Trial Chamber II, International Criminal Court; Somoa's Former Attorney General, Ambassador to the United States, and Permanent Representative the United Nations; Former Senior Legal Advisor, Legal Division, Commonwealth Secretariat of London

Additional Authors and Presenters at the conference included:

  • Lieutenant–General The Honorable Roméo A. Dallaire: "The Major Powers and the Genocide in Rwanda" Former Commander, United Nations Mission in Rwanda; Author, Shake Hands with the Devil; Senator, Parliament of Canada
  • Professor Ralph Henham: "The Normative Context of Sentencing for Genocide" Professor of Criminal Justice, Nottingham Trent University; Co–founder, International and Comparative Criminal Trial Project, Nottingham Law School; Fellow, Society of Advanced Legal Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
  • Zachary Kaufman: "Justice in Jeopardy: Accountability for the Darfur Atrocities" Marshall Scholar; D.Phil (PhD) candidate in International Relations, University of Oxford; co–editor (with Dr. Phil Clark) of a forthcoming book on transitional justice, reconciliation, and post–conflict reconstruction in Rwanda; founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors, AFKPL; co–founder and Executive Director, MSKPL; and honorary member, RCKV.
  • Paul Kim: "Consistency and Genocidal Intent" Lecturer in Public and Public International Law, Nottingham Law School; PhD candidate, University College London; LL.M., University of Birmingham (2001)
  • Professor William Schabas: "Has Genocide Been Committed in Darfur?" Professor of Human Rights Law, National University of Ireland, Galway; Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights; Former International Member, Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Author of eighteen monographs and more than 170 articles dealing with such subjects as the abolition of capital punishment, international criminal prosecution and issues of transitional justice.

AFKPL and MSKPL would like to express their appreciation to Professor Ralph Henham and Paul Kim, who organized the conference and raised public awareness about the Kigali Public Library.

JUNE 2005 AFKPL PRESENTATION TO THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES

On Wednesday, 8 June 2005, Janet Labuda, AFKPL Secretary, Grants Specialist, and Member of the Board of Directors, served as the guest speaker at the Alliance Française of Washington, DC, delivering a multimedia presentation on the history of the Rwandan genocide and the building of the Kigali Public Library. The presentation was followed by a silent auction and reception for the approximately 40 guests who attended the function.

MAY 2005 SYMPOSIUM, "GENOCIDE IN OUR MIDST: REMEMBERING RWANDA, DEBATING DARFUR" AT MAGDALEN COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

On Wednesday, 25 May 2005, AFKPL co–hosted (along with the University of Oxford Africa Studies Centre and Magdalen College, University of Oxford) a symposium entitled, "Genocide in Our Midst: Remembering Rwanda, Debating Darfur." This symposium, which took place at the Magdalen College, University of Oxford, raised funds for and public awareness about the Kigali Public Library.

The symposium featured a keynote address, "Reversing Ethnic Cleansing in Darfur: The Challenges Ahead," by Leslie I. Lefkow, Researcher, African Division, Human Rights Watch, and author of the April 2004 HRW report "Darfur in Flames: Atrocities in Western Sudan" and the August 2004 HRW briefing paper "Empty Promises? Continuing Abuses in Darfur, Sudan".

Dr. David Anderson, Lecturer in African Studies at the University of Oxford, and a Research Fellow of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, delivered introductory remarks and served as the moderator of the symposium.

The Symposium also featured additional talks by:

  • Phil Clark: "The Gacaca Courts and Local Justice, Healing and Reconciliation in Post–Genocide Rwanda"
    Rhodes Scholar; D.Phil (PhD) candidate in Politics, University of Oxford; and co–editor (with Zachary Kaufman) of a forthcoming book on transitional justice, reconciliation, and post–conflict reconstruction in Rwanda.
  • Jared Cohen: "One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide"
    Rhodes Scholar; M.Phil candidate in International Relations, University of Oxford; and author of the forthcoming book, One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide (Lexington Books, 2006).
  • Zachary Kaufman: "International Justice Responses to Genocide: Consensus, Compromise, and Controversy"
    Marshall Scholar; D.Phil (PhD) candidate in International Relations, University of Oxford; co–editor (with Phil Clark) of a forthcoming book on transitional justice, reconciliation, and post–conflict reconstruction in Rwanda; AFKPL President and MSKPL Executive Director.
  • Sharath Srinivasan: "Sudan's War/Peace Paradox: Historical Background to the Darfur Conflict"
    Chevening Scholar; M.Phil candidate in Development Studies, University of Oxford; and former Program Coordinator in Sudan, International Rescue Committee.

AFKPL would like to express its appreciation to Rhodes Scholars Maria Banda and Pooja Kumar, who provided logistical support at the event.

MAY 2005 AFKPL/RCKV FUNDRAISING EVENT AT THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND IN WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES

On Friday, 20 May 2005, AFKPL co–sponsored (along with the Rotary Club of Kigali–Virunga, Rwanda, and the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Washington, DC) a fundraising event at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, United States. The event featured Rwandan traditional dancing and authentic Rwandan food, presented by the Rwandan community in the Greater Washington, DC area. AFKPL Board Member Sheba Hakiza Rugege also delivered a multi–media presentation on Rwanda and the Kigali Public Library. The event raised US$2,480 from the admission fees and sales of Rwandan and Moroccan home decorations.

AFKPL would like to express its appreciation to AFKPL Board Member Sheba Rugege Hakiza, AFKPL Treasurer and Board Member Grace Nkubana, and AFKPL Library Advisor and Board Member Page Brannon, who provided logistical support at the event.

MAY 2005 AFKPL/MSKPL FUNDRAISING PRESENTATION TO THE MAGDALEN COLLEGE TRUST, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, IN OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

On Saturday, 7 May 2005, AFKPL President and MSKPL Executive Director Zachary Kaufman delivered a fundraising presentation on Rwanda and the Kigali Public Library to the Annual General Meeting of the Magdalen College Trust of Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Oxford graduate students who attended or otherwise contributed their support included: Rhodes Scholar Fahim Ahmed, Rhodes Scholar and former Magdalen College Middle Common Room President Ben Allgrove, Marshall Scholar Scott Grinsell, Menzies Scholar Sarah Martin, Darci Phillips, Tanusri Prasanna, Robert Schiff, Marshall Scholar Yong Suh, and Rhodes Scholar Lindsey Worth. The event raised £400, the equivalent of approximately US$750.

FEBRUARY 2005 EVENT WITH PAUL RUSESABAGINA FEATURING AFKPL AND MSKPL AT YALE LAW SCHOOL IN NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES

On Monday, 21 February 2005, Paul Rusesabagina, who rescued 1,268 people during the 1994 Rwandan genocide and is the subject of the critically–acclaimed film, "Hotel Rwanda," delivered a presentation at the Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Yale Law School students Lauren Baer, who is a Marshall Scholar and the MSKPL Fundraising Director, and Katherine Southwick, who is a Member of AFKPL, raised public awareness about the KPL at the event by distributing AFKPL and MSKPL brochures to the capacity crowd of over 600 people.

FEBRUARY 2005 AFKPL–MGM/UA SCREENING OF "HOTEL RWANDA" IN NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES

On Thursday, 17 February 2005, at the MGM Towers in New York City, New York, United States, the AFKPL, in association with United Artists Films, Inc., hosted a fundraiser for the KPL that included a private screening of "Hotel Rwanda," the critically acclaimed film (including 3 Academy Award and 3 Golden Globe nominations) starring Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, and Joaquin Phoenix. At the conclusion of the film, AFKPL Board Member Michael Rakower hosted a discussion with the following panelists:

  • H.E. Stanislas Kamanzi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations
  • Alison Des Forges, Senior Advisor to the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, and author of Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda
  • Zachary Kaufman, Founder, President, and Chairperson of the Board of Directors, AFKPL

AFKPL would like to express its appreciation to Brendon Graeber, Tammy Vanderwal, and MSKPL Fundraising Director Lauren Baer, who provided logistical support at the event.

FEBRUARY 2005 AFKPL/MSKPL FUNDRAISING PRESENTATION TO THE MAGDALEN COLLEGE TRUST, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, IN OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

On Tuesday, February 8, 2005, AFKPL President and MSKPL Executive Director Zachary Kaufman delivered a fundraising presentation on Rwanda and the Kigali Public Library to the Magdalen College Trust of Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Oxford graduate students who attended or otherwise contributed their support included: Marshall Scholar Keira Driansky, Marshall Scholar Scott Grinsell, Marshall Scholar Andrew Klaber, Albert Robinson, Darci Phillips, Robert Schiff, Rhodes Scholar Wen Shi, and Marshall Scholar Adam Zimbler. The event raised £600, the equivalent of over US$1,100.

2004 BOOK DRIVE AT MESSIAH COLLEGE IN PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, TO SUPPORT AFKPL

During 2004, Agaba Bisengo, a Rwandan student at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, United States, led a successful book drive for the KPL with the advice of AFKPL. Ms. Bisengo, who held several positions on Messiah College's campus, including in the International Justice Mission and the African Student Union, first recruited numerous clubs on campus to participate in her campaign to collect books for Rwanda's first public library. She also raised public awareness through an article she wrote for a local publication, and her campaign was announced on community radio. Ms. Bisengo organized a group of 50 students to participate in her campaign, which collected over 650 books in both English and French. She then led a successful fundraising drive (collecting over US$1,000) to ship the books to Rwanda.

NOVEMBER 2004 RWANDAN AMBASSADOR SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN'S NETWORK IN LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, TO SUPPORT MSKPL

On Saturday, 20 November 2004, the Women's Network of Goodenough College in London, United Kingdom, hosted H.E. Mrs. Rosemary Museminali, the Rwandan Ambassador to the Court of St. James, Ireland, and the Nordic countries, for a special fundraising breakfast to support MSKPL. H.E. Mrs. Museminali gave a speech entitled, "Strengthening Democracy and Government: Rwandan Women and Politics" to a group of Goodenough College students, staff, alumni, and other guests. All proceeds from the ticket sales were donated to the MSKPL. The event was organized by Laura Gardner, the founder of the Goodenough Women's Network and a Marshall Scholar (Class of 2002).

OCTOBER 2004 AFKPL BOARD MEMBER PARTICIPATION IN "IRONMAN" COMPETITION IN MARYLAND, UNITED STATES, TO SUPPORT AFKPL

On Saturday, 9 October 2004, AFKPL Board Member Michael Rakower competed in the ChesapeakeMan "Ironman" ultra–distance triathlon in Cambridge, Maryland, United States, to fundraise for the AFKPL. This grueling event demanded that competitors swim 2.5 miles, bicycle 112 miles, and run 26 miles. In total, the AFKPL received approximately US$2,500 in contributions supporting Mr. Rakower's efforts. When asked how he endured such a challenging task, Mr. Rakower said with a grin, "Whenever I got tired I thought about those who pledged per mile, and I just kept on going."

SEPTEMBER 2004 OPINION EDITORIAL IN PIONEER PRESS BY MSKPL MEMBER REFLECTING ON MSKPL TRIP TO RWANDA

On Thursday, 30 September 2004, MSKPL member and Rhodes Scholar Andrew Park published an opinion editorial on page 13 of the Pioneer Press, a regional newspaper of Chicago, Illinois, United States. In that op–ed, Mr. Park reflected on his July 2004 trip to Rwanda with other MSKPL members.

AUGUST 2004 ARTICLE IN FLORIDA SUN–SENTINEL ABOUT MSKPL TRIP TO RWANDA

The Monday, 30 August 2004 issue of the Florida Sun–Sentinel, a regional newspaper of South Florida, United States, contained an article reporting on the July 2004 MSKPL trip to Rwanda. In response to this article, MSKPL received over US$500.

AUGUST 2004 MSKPL PRESENTATION TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES

On Thursday, 5 August 2004, MSKPL Fundraising Director Lauren Baer was invited to speak at the Rotary Club of Palm Beach, Florida, United States, for the second time. After sharing her experiences from the MSKPL trip to Rwanda and speaking about the country's current reconstruction efforts, the Club donated US$500 to the Kigali Public Library.

JULY 2004 ARTICLE IN NEWSWEEK ABOUT MSKPL TRIP TO RWANDA

The Monday, 26 July 2004 issue of Newsweek contained an article in its "Periscope" section reporting on and including a photograph from the July 2004 MSKPL trip to Rwanda.

JULY 2004 MSKPL TRIP TO RWANDA

An MSKPL group traveled to Rwanda from 5–20 July 2004. The eleven members of this group were: Rhodes Scholar Karin Alexander, Marshall Scholar and MSKPL Fundraising Director Lauren Baer, Sharon Carlson, Rhodes Scholar Mauro De Lorenzo, Regina Fitzpatrick, Marshall Scholar Benjamin Heineike, Jonathan Home, Marshall Scholar and MSKPL Executive Director Zachary Kaufman, Marshall Scholar Abbie Liel, Rhodes Scholar Andrew Park, and Marshall Scholar Claudia Veritas.

While in Rwanda, this MSKPL group: delivered a US$15,000 check for the library that it had fundraised over the past few months, worked on the physical construction of the Kigali Public Library, met with Rwandan government officials and NGO representatives, and as a project for the United States Embassy in Kigali, visited several primary and secondary schools. At the schools, the MSKPL group was treated to singing and dancing, delivered school supplies they had collected, and promoted literacy and education, especially concerning women in the sciences.

For more information on this trip, please see Jonathan Home's journal, available on the MSKPL website.

JUNE 2004 CONFERENCE, "REMEMBERING RWANDA: JUSTICE FOR WAR CRIMINALS AND THE ROLE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT," AT RHODES HOUSE, OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

On Sunday, 27 June 2004, MSKPL co–hosted (along with Rhodes House, Oxford) the second of two conferences organized by Philip Clark and Zachary Kaufman to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. The conference also raised funds for and public awareness about the Kigali Public Library.

This conference, "Remembering Rwanda: Justice for War Criminals and the Role of the International Criminal Court," which took place at Rhodes House, Oxford, featured Luis Moreno Ocampo, the first Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, with additional talks by:

  • Dr. Kalypso Nicolaïdis, University Lecturer in International Relations, University of Oxford, and Fellow, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford; and
  • Zachary Kaufman, AFKPL President, MSKPL Executive Director, former clerk to Chief Prosecutor Ocampo, Marshall Scholar, and DPhil (PhD) candidate in International Relations, University of Oxford.

JUNE 2004 RHODES AND MARSHALL SCHOLARS' RECITAL AT RHODES HOUSE, OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM, TO SUPPORT AFKPL AND MSKPL

On Wednesday, 23 June 2004, MSKPL co–hosted (along with Rhodes House, Oxford) a recital by Rhodes and Marshall Scholars to raise funds for and public awareness about the Kigali Public Library. This evening of music, drama, dance, and entertainment took place at Rhodes House, Oxford.

MAY 2004 RWANDA FILM FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER AT MAGDALEN COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, IN OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

On Sunday, May 16 2004, MSKPL co–hosted (along with the Magdalen College Library and Magdalen College Film Society) a film festival about Rwanda. This event, which took place in the auditorium of Magdalen College, University of Oxford, also raised funds for and public awareness about the Kigali Public Library. The following films were shown:

  • Gacaca
  • Au Rwanda on Dit
  • Justice Today, Peace Tomorrow
  • A Republic Gone Mad: Rwanda 1894–1994
  • The Killers

MAY 2004 CONFERENCE, "THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE AND TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE: COMMEMORATING THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GENOCIDE," AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, IN OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

On Saturday, 15 May 2004, MSKPL co–hosted (along with the University of Oxford Department of Politics and International Relations and the University of Oxford Africa Studies program program) the first of two conferences organized by Philip Clark and Zachary Kaufman to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. The conference also raised funds for and public awareness about the Kigali Public Library.

This conference, "The Rwandan Genocide and Transitional Justice: Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Genocide," which took place at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, featured lectures from the following scholars and practitioners:

AFKPL would like to express its appreciation to Menzies Scholar Sarah Martin and Rhodes Scholar Greg O'Mahoney, who provided logistical support at the event.

MAY 2004 US$100,000 DONATION TO THE KPL THROUGH AFKPL

On Wednesday, 12 May 2004, the AFKPL received a check for US$100,000 for the KPL from a donor who prefers to remain anonymous.

MAY 2004 AFKPL/MSKPL FUNDRAISING PRESENTATION TO THE MAGDALEN COLLEGE TRUST, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, IN OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

On Saturday, 8 May 2004, AFKPL President and MSKPL Executive Director Zachary Kaufman delivered a fundraising presentation on Rwanda and the Kigali Public Library to the Annual General Meeting of the Magdalen College Trust of Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Oxford graduate students who attended or otherwise contributed their support included: Rhodes Scholar Fahim Ahmed, Marshall Scholar Ari Alexander, Rhodes Scholar and former Magdalen College Middle Common Room President Ben Allgrove, Menzies Scholar Sarah Martin, Rhodes Scholar Prateek Tandon, and Marshall Scholar Adam Zimbler. The event raised £500, the equivalent of approximately US$900.

APRIL 2004 MSKPL FUNDRAISING DRIVE COMMEMORATING THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE AND HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

In 2004, Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Hashoah) fell during the 100 days marking the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. In the spirit of the post–Holocaust promise "Never Again," MSKPL launched a fundraising drive in April 2004, which was led by MSKPL Fundraising Director Lauren Baer. This MSKPL campaign reached out to the Jewish community in the United States and received donations of over US$7,000.

APRIL 2004 OPINION EDITORIAL IN THE JEWISH JOURNAL BY MSKPL FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR ABOUT MSKPL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN COMMEMORATING THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE AND HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

In 2004, Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Hashoah) fell during the 100 days marking the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. In the spirit of the post–Holocaust promise "Never Again," as part of a fundraising drive launched by MSKPL in April 2004 to reach out to the Jewish community in the United States, MSKPL Fundraising Director, Lauren Baer published an editorial in the 6 April 2004 issue of the Jewish Journal urging American Jews to donate to the Kigali Public Library.

MARCH 2004 EVENT FEATURING AFKPL AT YALE LAW SCHOOL IN NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES

On Friday, 26 March 2004, AFKPL featured in an annual event at Yale Law School, the Robert L. Bernstein Symposium in International Human Rights. Two panels addressed the topic, "International Responses to State Crime," the first taking a retrospective look at Rwanda on the tenth anniversary of the genocide. Panelists included:

Prior to the panel, Jim Silk, Executive Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, informed the audience about AFKPL and brochures were available throughout the conference. On an informal basis, AFKPL Member Katherine Southwick (Yale Law School Class of 2005) answered questions about AFKPL's efforts.

Other speakers at the Bernstein Symposium included:

FEBRUARY 2004 AFKPL/MSKPL FUNDRAISING PRESENTATION TO THE MAGDALEN COLLEGE TRUST, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, IN OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

On Tuesday, February 3, 2004, AFKPL President and MSKPL Executive Director Zachary Kaufman delivered a fundraising presentation on Rwanda and the Kigali Public Library to the Magdalen College Trust of Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Oxford graduate students who attended or otherwise contributed their support included: Rhodes Scholar Fahim Ahmed, Rhodes Scholar and former Magdalen College Middle Common Room President Ben Allgrove, Marshall Scholar and MSKPL Fundraising Director Lauren Baer, Marshall Scholar Krishanti Vignarajah, Marshall Scholar Yong Suh, Menzies Scholar Sarah Martin, and Magdalen College Middle Common Room President Tom Smith. The event raised £750, the equivalent of approximately US$1,400.

DECEMBER 2003 AFKPL / MSKPL PRESENTATION TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

On Monday, 8 December 2003, AFKPL President and MSKPL Executive Director Zachary Kaufman served as the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Oxford, United Kingdom, delivering a multimedia presentation on the history of the Rwandan genocide and building of the Kigali Public Library.

NOVEMBER 2003 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIP IN LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, FEATURING MSKPL

On Wednesday, 19 November 2003, the MSKPL was featured in comments delivered by Marshall Scholar Esther Freeman at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Marshall Scholarships. Those in attendance included: Christiane Amanpour, His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Ray Dolby, Tom Friedman, Nannerl and Robert Keohane, George Mitchell, and Jeremy Paxman. As a result of Ms. Freeman's remarks, many members of the audience contributed generously to the MSKPL.

NOVEMBER 2003 PRESENTATION BY AFKPL BOARD MEMBER TO THE GLOBETROTTERS CLUB IN NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES

On Saturday, 1 November 2003, AFKPL Board Member Michael Rakower delivered a slideshow presentation to the New York City chapter of the Globetrotters Club (an international travel club catering to independent travelers and travel enthusiasts) describing his year–long trip in Africa. During this presentation, Mr. Rakower described his work at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and his involvement with the AFKPL. The AFKPL's efforts were warmly received, and it is hoped that members of the Globetrotters Club will support the AFKPL in the future.

OCTOBER 2003 MSKPL PRESENTATION TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES

In October 2003, MSKPL Fundraising Director Lauren Baer traveled to the United States to promote the Kigali Public Library. Ms. Baer spoke at the Rotary Club of West Palm Beach, Florida, and received the club's endorsement.

OCTOBER 2003 AFKPL PRESENTATION TO THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY OF THE YMCA–YWCA IN UMEÄ, SWEDEN

On Friday, 17 October 2003, AFKPL President and MSKPL Executive Director Zachary Kaufman served as the guest speaker at the International Youth Assembly of the YMCA–YWCA in Umeä, Sweden, delivering a multimedia presentation on the history of the Rwandan genocide and building of the Kigali Public Library.

AUGUST 2003 ARTICLE IN LONDON PRESS SERVICE ABOUT MSKPL

The Tuesday, 26 August 2003 edition (issue 43) of the London Press Service published as its lead story under "News Focus" an article, "A Country's First Public Library Takes Shape," about the MSKPL and its efforts. The London Press Service is a UK–based agency providing articles and photographs relating to news and developments in the United Kingdom for free use by journalists overseas. The article, which was written by Robert Nurden of the London Press Service, can be found online. Editor's note: The "Kate Brenen" referred to in the article should be "Page Brannon," AFKPL's Library Committee Chairperson.

The MSKPL would like to express its deep gratitude to the following for their support in raising public awareness about the MSKPL and its efforts: Mary Denyer, Assistant Secretary of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission; Terri Evans, spokeswoman of the British Consulate–General of Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Helen Mann, Vice Consul (Public Affairs) of the British Consulate–General of Houston, Texas, USA; and the news and features service of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the Government of the United Kingdom.

AUGUST 2003 OPINION EDITORIAL IN THE BULLETIN BY MSKPL MEMBERS

The August 2003 edition of The Bulletin, the publication of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, published a solicited article, "American Students Launch 'Marshall Plan' for Rwanda's First Public Library," by MSKPL Fundraising Director Lauren Baer and AFKPL President and MSKPL Executive Director Zachary Kaufman.

AUGUST 2003 AFKPL/INYANA FUNDRAISER AT UDC AND IZOZA IN THE WASHINGTON, DC AREA, UNITED STATES

On Saturday, 16 August 2003, AFKPL co–hosted a Cultural Extravaganza with Inyana, the League for Rwandan Children and Youth, at the auditorium of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) in Washington, DC, and the after party at the Izora Restaurant and Club in Silver Spring, Maryland.

AFKPL Vice President and Board Member Sheba Hakiza Rugege organized and led the co–sponsorship and presented a Powerpoint presentation on AFKPL to the audience of approximately 500 people. AFKPL President Zachary Kaufman, Treasurer Grace Nkubana, Grants Specialist Janet Labuda, Library Committee Chair Page Brannon, Secretary Michelle Drucker, Public Relations Committee Chair Jelena Sljivic, Web Master Ganesh Raju, Legal Assistant Neil Helfand, and Members Melissa Lane, Louise Nibagwire, and Ann Karasanyi made the preparations for and/or staffed the AFKPL booth in the foyer of the UDC Auditorium before and during the event.

Proceeds from the event were shared between Inyana and the AFKPL to support establishing several educational scholarship funds for students in Rwanda and also to support the construction of the Kigali Public Library.

AUGUST 2003 AFKPL / MSKPL PRESENTATION AT IIMCR IN THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS

On Tuesday, 5 August 2003, AFKPL President and MSKPL Executive Director Zachary Kaufman delivered a guest lecture to the Institute for Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR) in The Hague, The Netherlands. The lecture was entitled, "International Public Service: The Kigali Public Library as a Case Study." This presentation was the second year in a row in which Mr. Kaufman has delivered this lecture at the IIMCR, the first having occurred on Wednesday, 14 August 2002.

AUGUST 2003 ARTICLE IN THE GLOBETROTTERS CLUB E–NEWSLETTER BY AFKPL MEMBER

The August 2003 issue of The Globetrotters Club E–Newsletter published an article, "An Appeal for Help in Rwanda," by AFKPL Board Member Michael Rakower. Mr. Rakower's article can be found online. The Globetrotters Club is a non–profit organization that seeks to connect independent travelers across the globe by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences, and interests.

MAY 2003 MSKPL FUNDRAISING/PUBLIC AWARENESS IN FLORIDA, UNITED STATES

In May 2003, MSKPL Fundraising Director Lauren Baer traveled to the United States to promote the Kigali Public Library. On Thursday, 15 May 2003, Ms. Baer spoke at the Rotary Club of Palm Beach, Florida, United States, and received the club's endorsement. The club pledged a budgetary contribution to the MSKPL of US$3,000 – US$5,000, and individual club members pledged US$4,000 as well as in–kind donations of books and services.

Ms. Baer also met with Dr. John Brademas, President Emeritus of New York University and former United States Congressman Harry A. Johnston, II and received their respective endorsements.

APRIL 2003 AFKPL/MSKPL PRESENTATION TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM

On Tuesday, 1 April 2003, AFKPL President and MSKPL Executive Director Zachary Kaufman served as the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Cambridge, United Kingdom, delivering a multimedia presentation on the history of the Rwandan genocide and building of the Kigali Public Library. The Rotary Club of Cambridge, UK, has made the Kigali Public Library one of its official projects and has generously contributed to the library's construction.

AFKPL and MSKPL would like to express its appreciation to Menzies Scholar Sarah Martin, who attended and contributed her support to this presentation.

FEBRUARY 2003 AFKPL/MSKPL FUNDRAISING PRESENTATION TO THE MAGDALEN COLLEGE TRUST, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, IN OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

On Tuesday, February 4, 2003, AFKPL President and MSKPL Executive Director Zachary Kaufman delivered a fundraising presentation on Rwanda and the Kigali Public Library to the Magdalen College, University of Oxford, University of Oxford. Yong Suh, a fellow Marshall Scholar in Magdalen College, helped draft the speech and the handout. The event raised £500, the equivalent of approximately US$825.

NOVEMBER 2002 FUNDRAISER AT MAGDALEN COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, IN OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

The first fundraiser in the United Kingdom for the Kigali Public Library occurred on Sunday, 10 November 2002, at Magdalen College, University of Oxford.

The Magdalen College Junior Common Room (JCR), the college's undergraduate student government, accepted the proposal of AFKPL President and MSKPL Executive Director Zachary Kaufman, a postgraduate student in Magdalen College, that the JCR host a fundraiser to benefit the Kigali Public Library. The JCR agreed and on, November 10, hosted a talent show, the proceeds of which were donated to the AFKPL. The event raised £1,047, the equivalent of over US$1,650. The event also raised public awareness about the library and sparked the interest of several individuals to become members of AFKPL and MSKPL.

The KPL campaign would like to acknowledge and express its sincere gratitude to the Junior Common Room, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, 2002 for its generosity. In particular, the KPL would like to thank all of those who participated in and donated to the talent show fundraiser, and would like to recognize the individual efforts of Upasana "Paz" Tayal and Nivedita "Niki" Velamati, the co–chairpersons of the Magdalen College JCR Charity Society. The KPL would also like to express special appreciation and congratulations to Rhodes Scholar Fahim Ahmed, Marshall Scholar Ari Alexander, Alexandra Buckle, Menzies Scholar Sarah Martin, Tanusri Prasanna, Charlotte Steenbrugge, and Rhodes Scholar Megan Steven, who, along with Zachary Kaufman, were members of the winning act, which was a synchronized dance routine and lip sync to songs by Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys.

FALL 2002 FOUNDING OF MARSHALL SCHOLARS FOR THE KIGALI PUBLIC LIBRARY

The 2002 Class of Marshall Scholars, a group of young Americans awarded 2–3 year full scholarships by the British government to study any discipline at a British university of their choice, decided in the fall of 2002 to actively support the Kigali Public Library. As a result, the group founded Marshall Scholars for the Kigali Public Library (MSKPL) to work with the American Friends of the Kigali Public Library and the Rotary Club of Kigali–Virunga, Rwanda, to fundraise for, to raise public awareness about, to collect books for, and to build the Kigali Public Library, Rwanda's first public library. MSKPL is led by Zachary Kaufman (University of Oxford), who also serves as the AFKPL President; MSKPL Executive Director Lauren Baer (University of Oxford); Matthew Frazier (London School of Economics); Benjamin Heineike (University of Cambridge and University of Oxford); and Courtney Mills (University of St. Andrews).

AUGUST 2002 AFKPL PRESENTATION AT IIMCR IN THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS

On Wednesday, 14 August 2002, AFKPL President Zachary Kaufman delivered a guest lecture to the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on the construction of the Kigali Public Library.

JUNE 2002 AFKPL BOOTH AT THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ROTARY CONVENTION IN BARCELONA, SPAIN

From 23–26 June 2002, the AFKPL, represented by AFKPL President Zachary Kaufman and AFKPL Secretary Beth Payne, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Kigali–Virunga, Rwanda, presented a booth at the 93rd Annual Rotary International Convention in Barcelona, Spain. The booth raised public awareness about and funds for the Kigali Public Library from convention participants.

AFKPL would like to express its appreciation to AFKPL Vice President and Board Member Michelle Drucker, AFKPL Library Advisor and Board Member Page Brannon, and AFKPL Public Relations Committee Chair Jelena Sljivic for designing and creating the booth for the convention.

APRIL 2002 AFKPL PRESENTATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT SCHOOL OF LAW IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES

To raise public awareness about the AFKPL, at the invitation of Associate Professor of Law Laura Dickinson, on Monday, 29 April 2002, AFKPL President Zachary Kaufman delivered a presentation about the Kigali Public Library at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, Connecticut, United States.

MARCH 2002 AFKPL APPEARANCE ON VOICE OF AMERICA

On Wednesday, 27 March 2002, AFKPL President Zachary Kaufman appeared on Voice of America (on a show entitled, "Talk to America") to discuss the building of Rwanda's first public library. Mr. Kaufman participated in a round–table discussion of the library and its significance with H.E. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States, and Gregory R. Smith, President, International Youth Advocates.

FEBRUARY 2002 AFKPL FUNDRAISER AT THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HOUSE IN WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES

On Saturday, 16 February 2002, AFKPL President Zachary Kaufman and AFKPL Secretary Beth Payne delivered multimedia fundraising presentations on the history of the Rwandan genocide and building of the Kigali Public Library at the International Student House of Washington, DC, USA. This event raised funds for and public awareness about the Kigali Public Library.

AFKPL would like to express its appreciation to AFKPL Vice President and Board Member Michelle Drucker and AFKPL Library Advisor and Board Member Page Brannon, who provided logistical support at the event.

JULY 2001 AFKPL FUNDRAISING PRESENTATION AT THE RWANDAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES

On Saturday, 7 July 2001, AFKPL hosted its first major fundraiser and public awareness event, at the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Washington, DC. Introductory remarks were delivered by H.E. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States. Afterwards, AFKPL President Zachary Kaufman delivered a multi–media presentation entitled, "Rwanda: Land of a Thousand Hills, Land of a Million Graves," which was followed by a question–and–answer session with Ambassador Sezibera and Mr. Kaufman.

AFKPL would like to express its appreciation to AFKPL Library Advisor and Board Member Page Brannon, who provided logistical support at the event.

2001 ARTICLE IN CENTRAL AFRICAN MAGAZINE BY AFKPL PRESIDENT

In 2001, AFKPL President Zachary Kaufman published an article in Central African Magazine about the origins and construction of the Kigali Public Library.

FEBRUARY 2001 FOUNDING OF AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE KIGALI PUBLIC LIBRARY BY ZACHARY KAUFMAN

While on an assignment for the United States government in Rwanda in February 2001, Zachary Kaufman founded the American Friends of the Kigali Public Library (AFKPL) to work with the Rotary Club of Kigali–Virunga, Rwanda, to fundraise for, to raise public awareness about, to collect books for, and to build the Kigali Public Library, Rwanda's first public library.