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Elvis Gakuba

Country Manager, Rwanda

“We have enough quality food to feed us all”

Elvis

Elvis  was born and raised in the tiny eastern African country of Burundi. After the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and liberation war in Rwanda, he returned to his home country with his family. Growing up as a refuge in a region where conflicts were dominating headlines, I saw first-hand people suffering mostly women, children and elders because of bad politics and discriminative policies based on ethnics, gender and others. It influenced my choices as far as education and career is concerned. I decided to play a part in seeing no vulnerable suffering from policies related to food or health.

“I truly believe that we have enough and quality foods to feed all of us, and none of us should suffer hunger or malnutrition, with the right policies, and political will, hunger and malnutrition will be defeated”

For the past 15 years, I have been involved in shaping policies and implementing them in order to address gender equality, food security and fight all sorts of malnutrition in Rwanda, Burundi and the East Africa in general. Before joining  Sight and Life in 2018, he worked for  Project Healthy Children, an international  organization working to end hidden hunger through food fortification policies and innovations in developing countries,, as country coordinator for Rwanda and Burundi, and the Fulbright Foundation Research Project as a Research Project Officer. He rose through the ranks, later becoming the Deputy Country Director in Rwanda for The Hunt Alternatives Fund with The Women Waging Peace Network. Believing that he should live his life to serve others, Elvis has hosted a radio show to help financially needy children access better health care and volunteered with Every Child, aiding children from Burundi and Rwanda to access better educational opportunities. He is also a die-hard soccer fan. 

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