Introduction to the Kibeho Project
Updated: Apr 11, 2019
The Holy Land Kibeho Embroidery Project in Rwanda went through some major development when the Soroptimists got involved.
In 2013 the wife of the Rwandan High Commissioner to South Africa, Mrs Netty Butera, approached members of Soroptimist International Pretoria Tshwane after a visit to the Mapula Embroidery Project in the Winterveld. Her vision was to start a similar project in Kibeho in Rwanda to assist the most vulnerable women by teaching them skills to enable them to generate a small income as had been the case with the women from the Mapula Embroidery Project over the past 25 years.
Thousands of pilgrims flock to the Holy Land Kibeho in Rwanda every year. It is believed that the Virgin Mary appeared to the three young female teenagers in the remote area of Kibeho in 1981. In 1982, those who saw the visions reported gruesome sights, regarded as a foreshowing of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The Roman Catholic Church officially recognised the apparitions in 2001.