Talking about myself isn’t my strong suit. However, my story is just that – mine. Even though it’s difficult I will share my story, for I tell it best. My name is Amos Furaha. I live in Rwanda where I am the co-founder of Live Again Rwanda an organization that provides counseling, Employment Assistance Programs (EAPS) and lay counseling training.
I recently read a powerful quote that captured my attention and resonates with my heart. The writer, Madeleine L’Engle, says, “Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, and more loving.”
Her wise words perfectly describe why I wholeheartedly believe in both the idea and the necessity of this tour. These words remind me that without courage the human experience is simply an existence. For it’s love that brings us together and makes life a shared and universal experience.
Our story is a part of the great story that draws its beauty from ashes, ours is one that realizes how hard it is to be stuck between two poles, where you neither identify to beauty nor to ashes. This tour brings that reality to light as we share in our commonalities and our differences. It means a lot to me that this tour also exposes an issue that we all struggle with – the fear to share our stories. At the same time, though, it also gives us a platform to courageously begin sharing them.
In the past I believed that owning our stories was the hardest part of our journey. But as I’ve served with Live Again Rwanda over the last five years, and have been a part of dealing with some deeply rooted issues, I’ve realized that it is the pain associated with our stories that frightens us most. It prevents us from expressing what we’ve been through and we numb ourselves. In the moment it can be the most convenient and least painful route.
I’m privileged to be leading this year’s iDebate tour in the USA. Along with providing leadership, I’m thrilled to be joined by four amazing people who will be sharing their knowledge and experiences. I am excited to be a part of this amazing team which is full of optimism, courage and fun.
I believe that your story, my story, our stories have infinite value and worth. And I think it’s time to share them with the word with courage rather than giving way to a silent narrative.
Conversation brings us together. Through our vulnerability we can relate to one another. However, that requires a deep courage, often rare to come across. As we journey to the USA, we are coming to do just that – share with courage. In that, we hope to build relationships and community as we bond and relate through story.
See you soon