Today we had the extreme honor of meeting with the president of Rwanda, President Kagame. Dr. O’Neal introduced our Mercy team and Jim Gebhart told him about our work, our goals and our experience so far.
President Kagame said he appreciated our help.
“It is no small thing,” he said. “We appreciate all you’re doing. You’re helping us by seeing where we’ve been, where we are and where we want to be.”
We presented him with a miniature “End of the Trail” statue representing Oklahoma’s role in the Trail of Tears. He was also excited to receive an Oklahoma City Thunder polo shirt from our group. “That’s my team!” he said when he received it.
When we walked outside, media were waiting to hear about our work. Jim interviewed with a group of reporters. We’re excited to see him on Rwandan TV and in newspapers here.
President Kagame was so friendly and it was amazing to have that time with him. Here are a few photos from today’s visit.
M4U team coordinator Reagan shakes President Kagame’s hand after our meeting.
President Kagame was excited to receive an Oklahoma City Thunder polo from our team.
Jim did a great job answering the national media questions about our experiences in Rwanda.
Dr. Mike O’Neal (center), chairman emeritus and Mercy Hospital board chairman, has been instrumental in connecting Mercy with the Rwandan President.
M4U team members Jamie, Robin and Tom wait to meet the President.
M4U team members Cathy and Cindy wait to meet the President.
M4U team members Dr. Goss and Susan Goss wait to meet the President.