The UN Foundation and Hotel Rwanda partner to create “The International Fund for Rwanda”

January 18, 2005


Megan Rabbitt

In an effort to help the people of Rwanda recover from the effects of the 1994 genocide, the makers of the critically acclaimed film Hotel Rwanda have partnered with the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to create the International Fund for Rwanda. The fund will support UNDP development programs that assist survivors on the ground in Rwanda.

“There is an incredible story to be told that begins where ‘Hotel Rwanda’ leaves off, of a country struggling to rebuild, to learn, and to forgive. The goal of the film is not only to engage audiences in this story of the genocide but also to inspire them to help redress the terrible devastation visited on that country. We hope to mobilize people on a grassroots level to get involved in rebuilding Rwanda,” said the Hotel Rwanda Director, Co-Writer and Co-Producer Terry George.

Hotel Rwanda has been nominated for several awards, including three Golden Globes, three Screen Actors Guild awards, and a Writers Guild of America award. “We hope to use the publicity generated by the film to talk about the needs of people struggling to survive in Rwanda,” says George, “we are doing an educational outreach program for schools, and this fund will enable ordinary people to also contribute.”

The United Nations Foundation was established in 1997 when businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner announced his historic gift of $1 billion in support of United Nations causes. The United Nations Foundation promotes a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world through the support of the United Nations, including enabling and encouraging other private funders and individuals to join its efforts. As a fiduciary for the International Fund for Rwanda, UNF provides individuals and organizations the opportunity to directly support the work of the UN Development Programme in Rwanda.

The UN Development Programme is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

Projects of the United Nations Development Programme to be supported by the International Fund for Rwanda include: The settling and reintegration of the many thousands who fled their homes during the Rwandan Genocide; a film school at the Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management that would afford Central and East Africans their first opportunity to tell their stories through film; the recruitment of the new doctors and nurses needed to respond to the health crises of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, as thousands of doctors and nurses were lost in the Genocide; and financial aid to create economic opportunities for women, many of whom head households and suffer from AIDS and extreme poverty as a result of the Genocide.

Contributions can be made through a link from and from Details about the individuals portrayed in the film and the filmmakers are also available at For more information please contact or Oorlagh George at Office of Terry George at (914) 391-5121.


The United Nations Foundation (UNF) was created in 1998 with businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic gift to support United Nations’ causes. The UN Foundation promotes a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world through the support of the UN. Through its grant making and by building new and innovative public-private partnerships, the UN Foundation acts to meet the most pressing health, humanitarian, socioeconomic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.