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Episode 213: Building Bridges, from Vancouver to Rwanda — with Lama Mugabo

May 09, 2023
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On this episode of Below the Radar, our host Am Johal is joined by Lama Mugabo, founding director of Building Bridges with Rwanda, a campaign manager with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, and a member of the Hogan’s Alley Working Group. 

Together, they discuss local training and advocacy programs for people with lived experience of homelessness and other marginalizing barriers,  Hogan’s Alley Society’s advocacy in Vancouver’s historically Black neighbourhood, and Lama’s capacity building and educational work in Rwanda. 

About Our Guest

Lama Mugabo

Lama Mugabo is the founding director of Building Bridges with Rwanda (BBR), a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable development projects in Rwanda. 

In Canada, BBR engages local audiences in understanding the Rwandan development model through dialogue and learning exchange workshops.

In 2019, BBR joined hands with Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley Society and SFU’s Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement to launch the Remember Rwanda 25 Year Legacy Project, at SFU. The RR25 LP leads a reflection tour to Rwanda every summer and organizes a bi-annual conference on the Rwandan development model. Lama uses storytelling as a community planning tool to understand problems and work collectively to find lasting solutions.

Cite This Episode

Chicago Style

Johal, Am. “Building Bridges, from Vancouver to Rwanda — with Lama Mugabo.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, May 9, 2023.



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