Odette

Odette is married to a severely traumatized husband who survived the 1994 Genocide and subsequent civil wars and is now mentally unstable. They have five children. Her oldest daughter is married, two will start school in January 2009 and the two youngest join her at the office daycare. Odette is patient with her husband, sometimes withstanding physical abuse. 

Because she is now able to provide for the family, she feels there is more peace in her home. Before having a new home, her children would run under her skirt when it rained for protection. She says she felt like an animal having to seek refuge in a cave. Odette is most grateful to God for providing her family with food and shelter for her children.