There are those who believe that some human lives are worth more than others. Rose Mapendo is not one of them. As a victim of unimaginable violence, Rose understands the struggle to remain hopeful. Through a spiritual and incredible journey, she has transformed from a victim into an inspiring testimony that what seems impossible, is possible. Acting as a voice for the voiceless, she is working to create a better future for her people, and for the world. If she can be here today against all things possible, then she can create the same possibility for other women… that is her vision.
Today the slaughter of over 6.9 million people continues in the eastern African region. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains trapped in a cycle of ethnic violence that results in the kidnapping of children and the use of rape and sexual violence as weapons of control and intimidation. Every day, 45,000 people are affected by this tribal warfare, leaving thousands of women, children and families abandoned, broken and in total despair.
Watch this short video to better understand Rose Mapendo’s vision & how you can make a difference.
Rose Mapendo has been recognized around the world for the strength and courage she possesses after enduring such a harrowing journey. Today she has made it a point to forgive those who caused her suffering and move forward toward creating a better future filled with peace and hope. Every achievement and award she receives is an instrumental gift from God that allows Rose to inspire others to make a difference in the lives of a woman, a child, a family and the world. Take an up close and personal look at the humanitarian work Rose is accomplishing every day.
Peace Starts With Me
Valley Partnership Inspirational Fundraising Breakfast
House of Refuge Inspirational Breakfast
Expressions in Humanity Luncheon
Pushing the Elephant Documentary Luncheon
Women of Strength: Cultivating Leadership
Rose Visits Israel on Speaking Tour
Rose Attends U.N. Honoree Ceremony
Ben Affleck Supports Healing Efforts
The Peace Starts With Me banquet was held in Tempe, Arizona by the Women’s Federation for World Peace. Rose was honored with the Ambassador For Peace Award by the The Universal Peace Federation and the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace.
70 people joined the Florence Crittenton phoenix staff for an inspirational breakfast on charting a new course for our lives. Rose spent the morning giving back to this group of survivors speaking on the power of women coming together to create change. Florence Crittendon creates safe environments where girls and young women can discover the support of a caring community and the possibility of a bright new future.
House of Refuge is a faith-based, non-profit organization helping homeless families in crisis by providing transitional housing and supportive services that assist participants as they strive towards self-sufficiency and seek to obtain permanent housing. Rose spoke to the women of HOR on finding victory in their circumstances and overcoming obstacles in life.
The foundation of this event is the community table. 12 people come once a month together with the realization that their is more to this life and it begins with expressing humanity in the smallest and biggest ways. The intention of this space is to create a safe haven for sharing with vulnerability. Rose spoke on finding hope and putting the past behind us.
Pushing the Elephant Luncheon: 45 Real Estate Industry Leaders joined for a fundraising event to support Roses mission trip to Africa 8/2015. Rose shared her 90 minute documentary;
A story of forgiveness, hope, and the joy of family life, Pushing the Elephant captures one woman’s mission for peace in her country beset by genocidal violence.
Hundreds of women gather together bi-yearly to celebrate the initiative of inspire, encourage, mentor and lead within the Real Estate community. This special event is based on women coming together regardless of affiliations to share their stories with authenticity and transparency.
Rose on finding forgiveness for her captors.