Jules Higiro is passionate about improving the lives of disadvantaged Rwandans. As the Country Director for Shelter Them Batarure – Rwanda, Jules works with orphans, abandoned kids, kids with disabilities, children living in extreme poverty, street children, children with HIV/AIDS or living with parents with HIV/AIDS and is involved in community development.
Jules was born in Tanzania in February of 1972 of Rwandan parents who had fled Rwanda due to the social unrest and persecution of the late 60’s and early ‘70’s. Jules lived with his family in Burundi in a refugee village from a young age until he joined the Rwandan Patriotic Front army led by current Rwandan president Paul Kagame. Jules participated in the liberation of Rwanda that stopped the genocide of Tutsis in 1994. Jules served in the Rwandan Defence Forces for ten years after the liberation.
Jules has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (BBA) from the Kigali Institute of Science, Management and Technology (KIST). After his military service, he became a civil servant in the Rwandan Demobilization and Reintegration Program. Jules also worked with the United Nations from 2007 to 2012, first with peacekeeping operations in Sudan and later as a law enforcement advisor with the United Nations Development Programme in South Sudan. A devout Christian, Jules volunteered to lead the Prison Fellowship Outreach Ministry at the Malakal Central Prison in South Sudan. He has also been a member of The Strongest Oak Foundation’s Rwandan Advisory Board since 2012. Strongest Oak is an international non-profit organization formed to support African schools and communities.
Jules’ passion for helping vulnerable people is rooted in his Christian faith and his experiences as a refugee, a soldier, and an aid worker with the United Nations. He has seen the violence and the poverty, which has instilled a passion within him to help others.His passion is to serve people in every way possible and help them obtain their dreams and maximize their potential.
He is married to Yvonne Gatera Higiro, who provides him unconditional support and shares his passion.