Barankitse, Maggy

Barankitse, Maggy Maggy Barankitse formed Maison Shalom, or House of Peace, in 1993 as a safe haven for children and orphans, including children soldiers, who have survived civil unrest and violence in the war-torn country of Burundi.  Located in central Africa, Burundi has a long history of ethnic strife between the Tutsis and Hutus.  Only recently did Burundi emerge from more than 12 years of civil war, leaving 300,000 dead.  Since its beginning, Maison Shalom has grown into a multi/functional service agency including a hospital that has helped in the healing and support of 30,000 young people and families.  Maison Shalom is centered on education, health, vocational training and reconciliation and strives to change the lives of children to better the lives of all Burundians.   Maggy Barankitse has been recognized with numerous awards for her work towards peace, including:   *   1998 Medaille de defenseur des droits de l’homme attribute par le gouvernement francais le cadre des ceremonies de la celebration du 50me anniversaire de la declaration universelle des droits de l’homme.  To date, ten people have received this honor including the Dali-Lama. *   2009 Medaille de chavalier de la legion d’honneur (France). *   2009 Opus Prize (USA)   Legacy® expresses a special thanks to Shona Wright, Principal of the Middle School of the International School of Geneva, for arranging this interview.  Highlights edited by Grade 6 student, Alexander Junod, were used in the Humanities classes of Year 8 students....
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Sommaruga, Cornelio

Sommaruga, Cornelio

“Well, I was very surprised when you asked me to be interviewed. Even if you were not the only one, I think that people felt I was at the end of my life. They had to use the opportunity that I was still able to speak to tell something about my life. But when you came I felt that it was extremely agreeable to be with you. Why? … Because you were very well prepared… Because the questions you were putting… Even now after the publication of my books, one in German and the other in Italian you were able to refer to these books. You were able to refer to different aspects of my life. So that it was very agreeable occasion.” Legacy: “Dr. Cornelio Sommaruga, what is your impression of being interviewed for Legacy?” Dr. Sommaruga: “Well, I was very surprised when you asked me to be interviewed. Even if you were not the only one, I think that people felt I was at the end of my life. They had to use the opportunity that I was still able to speak to tell something about my life. But when you came I felt that it was extremely agreeable to be with you. Why? … Because you were very well prepared… Because the questions you were putting… Even now after the publication of my books, one in German and the other in Italian you were able to refer to these books. You were able to refer to different aspects of my life. So that it was very agreeable...
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Petrovsky, Vladimir

Petrovsky, Vladimir

 “What we are talking (about) is very much important. Of course, it is some kind of improvisation that’s going on. But when you make improvisation it is going from deep of your heart rather than being well prepared. What is I think very important (is) this kind of talk, and then bring them to the youngsters. And then one day we need to start to talk with them to explain all the things you will collect in your meetings with the people.” Legacy: “Thank you very much Dr. Vladimir Petrovsky for your time today. It’s been pleasure.” Dr. Petrovsky: “Thank you very much. I enjoyed it also very much. Because it’s also you know in the dialogue it is very important what kind of questions. It is culturally like that you put good questions and then you receive the same answers.” {mgmediabot2}path=images/video/Testimonial/Petrovsky.flv|width=400|height=220{/mgmediabot2} Vladimir Petrovsky: “What we are talking (about) is very much important. Of course, it is some kind of improvisation that’s going on. But when you make improvisation it is going from deep of your heart rather than being well prepared. What is I think very important (is) this kind of talk, and then bring them to the youngsters. And then one day we need to start to talk with them to explain all the things you will collect in your meetings with the people.” Legacy: “Thank you very much Dr. Vladimir Petrovsky for your time today. It’s been pleasure.” Vladimir Petrovsky: “Thank you very much. I enjoyed it also very much. Because it’s also you know in the dialogue it is very important what kind of questions....
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Kanyoro, Musimbi

Kanyoro, Musimbi

Legacy : “How would you like these interviews used?” Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro: “I think when I look at the history of women, where we have come from, we know that there have always been women who have opened doors, for others, who have been there. And then when women know that there have been others that have stood firm on issues, that spoke up, (about) the things that they will be speaking about in the future. I think this is a great inspiration. I have been reading a book by Eleanor Roosevelt and I got quite inspired to see her own participation and just know that she was there really striving to make change within the United Nations with the consciousness of what that would be mean for women. And I hope these interviews that you are making of us will also inspire women who will come after us – and men – to see that we were concerned about the welfare of women. We were conscious about the role of the United Nations (which if we get time we should speak about). That we were living at the time when millennium goals were being discussed and we were active participants in promoting that those millennium goals would be fulfilled or would be paid attention to them in order to improve people’s lives. I believe that what these interviews are going to do is to assure generations that come that their struggles are struggles which others have made strong foundation and they will continue to build that foundation. I hope that my grandchild will have a chance to see...
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Borlaug, Norman

Borlaug, Norman

“Glad to collaborate. Anything that can spread the word to different parts of the world, on issues that are important to human well-being, I’m pleased to participate. One Highlight of the interview Legacy: “What has motivated you?” Dr. Norman Borlaug: “I guess seeing too much human misery has made me angry. Angry in the context that I know that a lot could be done to correct this if you could bring all the forces to bear, and it would be for the good of humankind across the total spectrum of human activities.” {mgmediabot2}path=images/video/Testimonial/Borlaugtestimonialandhighlight.flv|width=529|height=406|displayheight=406{/mgmediabot2} Dr. Norman Borlaug: “Glad to collaborate. Anything that can spread the word to different parts of the world, on issues that are important to human well-being, I’m pleased to participate. One Highlight of the interview Legacy: “What has motivated you?” Dr. Norman Borlaug: “I guess seeing too much human misery has made me angry. Angry in the context that I know that a lot could be done to correct this if you could bring all the forces to bear, and it would be for the good of humankind across the total spectrum of human...
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Fatio, Bonnie

Fatio, Bonnie

“To me this Memory Bank is such a rich opportunity to offer this to future generations, and personally, I am honored and privileged to be part of this. It’s the importance of leaving ones own legacy, of being enable to share with future generations, being able to permeate future generations with the values with the opportunities, with the visions that each of us have had today. It’s to know that our story will have an influence, long after we don’t have the direct influence here on earth. And I think that is also what we are offering further generations: an opportunity to build on role models of today, to realize that our people who have gone before, who have had visions, who have not been afraid to step-out and take a stand on what they felt to be right what they felt to be best for the world they were living in.” {mgmediabot2}path=images/video/Testimonial/Bonnie.flv|width=483|height=371|displayheight=371{/mgmediabot2} Legacy: “What is your involvement in Legacy and what you believe it’s going bring to future generations?” Bonnie Fatio: “To me this Memory Bank is such a rich opportunity to offer this to future generations, and personally, I am honored and privileged to be part of this. It’s the importance of leaving ones own legacy, of being enable to share with future generations, being able to permeate future generations with the values with the opportunities, with the visions that each of us have had today. It’s to know that our story will have an influence, long after we don’t have the direct influence here on earth. And I think that is also what we are offering...
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