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“HOPE SHINES.” Michael Stromme And His Business Supporting Orphans In Rwanda. Movingly Told. Live Music. December 10, 2017. Patricia’s Paris Expat Soirées and Dinners. Sunday 3 December 2017. 19h15. (Paris Expat Soirée Supper Club. Meet New People.)

 

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SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2017

“HOPE SHINES.” Michael Stromme And His Business Supporting Orphans In Rwanda.

Our Special Guest Is:
Michael Stromme
Social Entrepreneur. American Expat In Rwanda

Hope Shines:

Hope Shines is an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) through educational and health and hygiene programs. Michael has been affiliated with the group in Rwanda. He is now developing a business aiding orphans there.Visit http://hopeshines.org/who-we-are/

In New York, Michael was “yearning for something more meaningful in my life, and felt called to be somewhere far and exotic, like the south of India.  It was then that I met the founder of Hope Shines” who told him about the volunteer summer camp program. After that experience, ” I knew my life’s trajectory had just flipped a 180.”

“Hope Shines has a new greenhouse outside Kigali where we’re growing red peppers and soon butternut squash to sell at market and hotels.  I’ve been working on a social entrepreneurship of handmade soap which will be targeted to boutique hotels.  These both will help bring revenue streams to the organization, helping to sustain it.  The kids themselves have been learning traditional Rwandan dance, and have gotten so good that they’ve performed at a couple weddings.  They will continue to perform in public, and hopefully the money earned from these events will eventually pay for their school fees.” 

Living In Rwanda (Kagali). Starting A Business To Support Orphans And Being An Expat.

It was a natural organic progression after he had the idea of starting a soap business in Rwanda. Michael originally intended to start the business in NY, with proceeds going to Hope Shines, and then bring it to Rwanda.” Earlier this year , “I knew I had to go to Rwanda to start the business and bring that model back to NY. I knew that ultimately I wanted to be living in Rwanda, as I’d always loved it and the people were so warm and welcoming, not to mention many friends I’d made over the years. “ 

Rwanda is very welcoming to visitors.  There’s a big expat community, which I’m not so much involved with.  They’re here for their jobs, mostly, and will hang out at the expensive restaurants and night clubs.  But people on the street in my area are always friendly, and adults and children alike will greet me with a Hello or Bonjour. 

The political climate is good.  The president just got voted into an historic 3rd term because he had saved the country during the genocide, and people love him here.  He’s not only kept the country safe and peaceful, but it’s now known for its development and progress.  There’s so much infrastructure improvements, and new buildings and hotels are going up all over.  There’s also a beautiful new convention center and shopping malls.  So there are many improvements, yet still so much poverty.” 

About Michael Stromme:

Michael has been an actor, teacher, and massage therapist in Los Angeles, Rome, Paris, and New York.  Having been moved and inspired by a strong purpose and calling in Rwanda, he now finds himself in the world of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, supporting a group of orphans through an organization for which he volunteers and had served on its board.  That support has led him to start a handmade soap business in Rwanda, with proceeds supporting the organization and the children


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“Around the World In 80 Faiths”: A 2009 BBC Series Originally Presented By, Now Highlighted By Peter Owen-Jones, Dramatically Exploring Faiths (And Traditions, Magic, Rituals) From Around The World. Peter, An English Anglican Clergyman, Author, Television Presenter, Adventurer And World Traveller, Shares Highlights. Vivid Experiences. Patricia’s Paris Expat Soirées And Dinners. Sunday 8 November 2015. 19h15

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Sunday 8 November 2015 at 19h15

“AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 FAITHS”
(About An Awe Inspiring BBC Series)

Our Special Guest is Peter Owen-Jones, an English Anglican clergyman, author, television presenter, adventurer and world traveller. (Before his religious studies, Peter was an advertising creative director.)

In early 1996 Peter gained notoriety when he conducted a service for the Newbury bypass protestors. Just 2 years after Newbury, he was recruited by the BBC to front a series of religious television programmes looking at different aspects of Christianity and other faiths around the world.

Peter will share highlights of making the series and vivid experiences.

The series is divided into 8 vast and fascinating episodes, the last one airing on 20 February 2009. Below is the outline of the entirety of the series.

I have then listed the outline of episode 1.

1.1 Episode One: Australasia and the Pacific Ring of Fire
1.2 Episode Two: The Far East
1.3 Episode Three: Africa
1.4 Episode Four: The Middle East
1.5 Episode Five: USA
1.6 Episode Six: India and Nepal
1.7 Episode Seven: Latin America
1.8 Episode Eight: Europe

Episode One: Australasia and the Pacific Ring of Fire

Directed & Produced by Sian Salt, Camera Graham Veevers

    • Faith 2: Christianity and Ancestor worship – Attends a funeral rite performed by the Tana Toraja people ofSulawesiIndonesia and reflects on their relationship with the dead.
    • Faith 3: Catholic Carabao festival: Visits the Carabao festival of Pulilan, BulacanPhilippines in honour of the town’spatron saintSan Isidro Labrador.
    • Faith 4: Catholic fertility ritual: Attends the Obando Fertility Rites in Obando, BulacanPhilippines, a pagan fertility festival now held in reverence to three Catholic saints. Locals dance during the festival for fertility, out of tradition for past successful dances, and just to be a part of the festival. A priest delivers prayers before directing a large dance in the Church. Peter reflects on the cross-fertilization between Catholicism and animism and suggests that instead of the Catholics simply incorporating the dance into a prayer to the saints the festival may instead be a mutual coupling of fertility and creation.
    • Faith 5: Aboriginal Dreaming: Visits Alice Springs to meet with the Indigenous Australian people, the Aborigines, to witness a baby smoking ritual. Peter accompanies a group of locals on a trip to find the bush used in the ritual. A baby is then held in a small sand pit containing smoldering leaves for a few seconds at a time. A local tells him that the ritual is done so that the baby will be healthy and strong. Peter hoped to witness some of the AboriginalDreaming rituals, however, a local tells him that baby smoking is not related to Dreamtime. Peter reflects that the ritual seems to have lost its meaning as the locals are sparse in their explanation of the spiritual aspects of the event. The women of the group then remove their shirts and paint their chest and arms. With feathers in their hair, they dance around a fire. The women tell Peter they are Christian and do not know of the old Aboriginal religion.
    • Faith 6: The Iraqi Mandaeans: Attends a regular baptism service inspired by John the Baptist and performed by the persecuted Mandaeans of Iraq in a park in Sydney, Australia.
    • Faith 7: Urban witchcraft: Visits a group of witches who have established their coven, led by Tim Hartridge, withinSydney, Australia.
    • Faith 8: Indigenous Kastom: Meets practitioners of the tribal faith of Kastomism on the South Pacific island ofTannaVanuatu.
    • Faith 9: John Frum cult – Meets practitioners of the new religion of John Frum of Tanna, inspired by the American presence on the island after World War II.
    • Faith 10: Prophet Fred and Unity: Witnesses the religion of Unity and interviews their prophet, Fred from Tanna and Killian.

Thats just the list of the first episode! To see the list of all the episodes:

Visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Around_the_World_in_80_Faiths

I don’t know exactly what Peter will chose to share, but I find the concept of the entire series plus Peter’s very down to earth attitude, knowledge and sense of adventure both fascinating and exhiliarating!

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