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Amon Munyaneza

Amon MunyanezaAmon Munyaneza is the Founder of Asante Ministries International. He grew up as a refugee in Uganda after his parents fled Rwanda in the late 1950s due to the civil war that claimed the lives of thousands of people. He grew up extremely poor and unable to go to school until age 11. In 1999, he returned to Rwanda, four years after the genocide that claimed the lives of one million people, and began university. Upon return, he realized thousands of children were roaming the streets naked, hungry, and desperate for care. Having grown up with almost nothing, Amon quickly identified with these children and began to pay for a young child’s education. From there, and with only thirty dollars to his name, he began an organization to raise awareness and provide education to children affected by war and genocide. Today, Asante Ministries supports more than 2,500 children in Rwanda, Uganda, and Burundi through its schools, homes, and sponsorship program. Amon lives with his wife and two daughters in Portland, Oregon. He is working toward his Doctor in Ministry at Multnomah University and holds a BBA from the National University of Rwanda in Business Management and an MA from Multnomah University in Ministry Management. Amon speaks nine languages.

Date: January 10, 2014