Dear Friends and Readers,
It has been a while since I published something on this blog but the event that is going to happen shortly makes it worth to appear again on this site.
About 14 months ago I introduced a file to Nova University through the kind help of Daniel Traça, Dean of Nova School of Business and Economics. We asked for Dr. Mukwege to be awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa from Nova University and it received a positive answer.
In the meantime Dr. Mukwege was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Peace and one can understand his agenda is completely overbooked. So we are happy and honored that Dr Mukwege will be coming to Portugal to receive the Doctor Honoris Causa on the 27th May during the Estoril Conferences.
On the 26th May we are organizing a fund-raising gala dinner together with the Municipality of Cascais and the funds collected will support the great work of Dr. Mukwege.
I am posting hereafter the invitation as well as my accompanying letter for anyone to read and maybe some of you are willing to support the project. If you want to attend the dinner (500 euro per person) you can still do so but confirmations should mandatory be done through: DrMukwege.Fundacao@ageas.pt . Any other contribution can follow the same instructions.
Needless to say I am very happy that Dr. Mukwege will be coming to Portugal.
Hereafter the invitation:
Dr Mukwege and the Panzi hospital in Bukavu
This good friend, Doctor Denis Mukwege, is dedicating his entire life in saving the weakest victims of the continuous gang-raping that rules the warzone of Bukavu. It is a region in the Republic of Congo where militia attack and kill without limits to ensure the extraction of minerals in the region. When Dr Mukwege was facing a raped daughter of a gang-raped mother he had treated many years before, he decided he could not remain silent about the atrocities he was witnessing every day. And so it is, that over the last 20 years, the Panzi General Referral Hospital took care of 54,471 survivors of sexual violence and 41,637 patients with gynecological pathologies.
For seven years I was board member of Doctors of the World in Belgium that was supporting the Panzi hospital. When I resigned by coming to Portugal, I decided to continue to support the project of Dr Mukwege because I admire his courage, his intelligence and his persistence in doing good for the poorest. Most of the victims who need to be treated at the hospital not only have lost everything they possess but were treated in a bestial way by the militia. I went there and will be going again this year. Although it is hard to see what humans can do to others, it can never be an excuse not to do something as the hospital is the only place of hope for many.
Awarded at multiple times for a noble cause
Already in 2015, Dr Mukwege received a highly respected recognition from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal and his relentless awakening of the world to the unacceptable situation that occurs in one of the most beautiful regions of Africa has been seen by many. This was reason enough to award him with a Nobel prize of Peace in 2018.
About 14 months ago, before Dr Mukwege was awarded with the Nobel prize of Peace, a file was introduced to Nova University with the request of attributing a Doctor Honoris Causa for his fantastic work at the Panzi hospital in Bukavu. The request got a positive answer and Dr Mukwege is coming to Portugal to receive this Doctor Honoris Causa on the 27th May during the Estoril Conferences at Nova School for Business and Economics in Carcavelos.
My call for you
On the 26th May we are organizing a gala dinner at Hotel Miragem in Cascais to support the noble work of Dr Mukwege and I would like to invite you to join us this fund-raising event. You and your company can sponsor his project by signing up for a table (5,000 euro), to which you can invite 10 guests. Note that the number of tables are limited, so please inform me at the soonest if you will join us in this event.
We found some very famous Portuguese painters and artists willing to support the event and they showed their generosity by donating one of their art pieces for the auction taking place during the event.
I believe that together we can give pieces and parts of light to that beacon of hope.
Dr Mukwege will be at the gala, he will speak, and you will hear how every word has been formed by all the scars he witnessed, sometimes lost but with a clear focus and achievement to cure.
Hope and looking forward in welcoming you.