The Founding Team
The Founding Team
Eric Eugene Murangwa is a Rwandan survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and former Rwandan international football player who founded Football for Hope, Peace and Unity (FHPU Enterprise) an initiative which uses sport and football in particular as a tool to promote unity reconciliation and encourage development among Rwandan youth and thereby helping to prevent such tragedies happening again in the future.
In 1994 Eric E Murangwa and his family survived the genocide mainly because of courage and humanity shown by his former team members of the Rayon Sports Football club of which Eric was a member as well. As a result of this Eric has developed a strong belief that sport and football in particular have the power to influence society in a way that little else does.
“For many years after the genocide, I kept asking myself ‘why me?’ And only recently I came to realise that those who survived had all survived for a purpose, which is to make sure our loved ones weren’t lost in vain. The only way we can do that is to make sure that what happened to them, and to us, never happens to our children.” Eric E. Murangwa
Jean Paul Samputu is an award-winning musician from Rwanda – in 1994, his mother; father, three brothers and his sister were murdered in the genocide. When Jean Paul returned to his village after the killings, survivors told him that his father was killed by one of Jean Paul’s closest friends.
Over the last 20 years, Jean Paul has turned his anger into forgiveness – he has forgiven the man who killed his father! He has set up a global forgiveness campaign , helping other people to do the same.
“I don’t think I’m a strong man or a particularly good man because I forgave, because I don’t think I made a deliberate choice to forgive. I think it was my only choice. “The man who killed my parents – he went to prison. As was right because he had committed a crime but t my prison was far worse than his. I was trapped, killing myself everyday with anger and bitterness.” JP SAMPUTU