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Sifa Nsengimana
  • Place of birth:
  • Date of passing: Nov 23, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    South Africa
Let the memory of Sifa be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Sifa Nsengimana.

We would like to thank you all for the messages posted online, sent via emails, the many phone calls, cards, and flowers.  The children and I, as well as the other family members, are eternally grateful.  She wasn’t ours alone; she was the worlds.  We take comfort in knowing that if indeed Emerson’s words “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded”are truth, as we believe they are, Sifa’s life although short by any measure has been a resounding success.

 With our thanks and love,

 Odette, Daniel, and Joseph/JeffJ.


Published in The New York Times on November 28, 2012

NSENGIMANA--Sifa, 37, passed away suddenly on November 23, 2012 in South Africa. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sifa emigrated to Canada in 1993 and began her work as a human rights activist and champion of social justice. Sifa became an advocate for the voiceless, working on behalf of women and children in conflict zones before joining the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in 2006. In her role as founding Executive Director at ASYV, she created an indelible beacon of hope and possibility for orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda. Survived by her beloved husband Joseph, daughter Odette, son Daniel, brother Alain, her loving family and extended family at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, Sifa will always be remembered for her commitment to making the world a better place for all its inhabitants. Her generosity of spirit and tireless work on behalf of those less fortunate inspires countless others to do the same. Sifa's light will shine forever in our hearts and in the just and compassionate acts we do for humankind. Services will take place in South Africa. Donations in Sifa's honor can be made to Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, 1375 Broadway, 17th floor, NYC, 10018.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Irene Gathinji on 23rd November 2016

"Sifa, clever little sister, sweet guardian angel, another year is gone! Four years and it seems like yesterday. I cherish the memories of times we shared, your love and friendship and often reflect on your wisdom and especially your pragmatic approach to life. "Only God Knows". Continue to watch over our children as they grow and flourish. May your soul continue to rest in heavenly bliss until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Serge Kasuku on 23rd November 2016

"Your presence will always be felt in my life, and your words of wisdom will never stop guiding me through tough times.
I miss you my dear sister."

This tribute was added by Hiiram Gahima on 23rd November 2016

"Dear Sifa,
4 Years already but it seems like yesterday. You will always be in our thoughts. Your legacy will be forever cherished and remembered."

This tribute was added by Alida Ngandu on 23rd November 2016

"Le souvenir, c’est la présence invisible.

Victor Hugo

Tu reste à jamais dans mon cœur."

This tribute was added by Irene Gathinji on 23rd November 2015

"Dear Sifa, Its been 3 years since you suddenly left us yet in may ways you are here with me. I remember you most days as I drive up and down the street that you loved, as I think of the many conversations we had and as I say "only God knows" - that phrase you used when things were beyond your comprehension. A clever little sister. I also delight in the news of your family and always grateful to God's providence in the lives of Daniel, Odette and Joseph and your extended family.

As laid some flowers in the spot which was appointed to be the door through which you leave us, I was comforted by the memory of your positive attitude to life and sense of purpose. There was always something to do, someone to cheer, someone to think about, a project to start, a book to read, a meal to cook, family to love and oh that bright smile welcoming one in your world. How you lived a full life, every second and every minute? How you loved and cared?

Now sweet angel, our girls are grown, joining university. The world is a crazier place than when you left it. Now more than ever we need sweet guardian angels like you watching over our children. Watch over us and until we meet again, forever you will be in my heart."

This tribute was added by Serge Mupenzi on 23rd November 2015

"Three years gone by, but still feels like yesterday.
It’s your passing anniversary, but it also feels like the anniversary of the passing of all my anniversaries.
No anniversary of mine feels the same after you passed: birthdays, wedding anniversary, Christmas and New Year; they all miss your magical touch.
Rest in peace my sister.
I miss you."

This tribute was added by Gege Buki on 23rd November 2015

"Dear Sifa, today specially again I remember you, your smile, your big heart, our friendship,......Rest in eternal peace and you are missed."

This tribute was added by Serge Mupenzi on 10th September 2015

"I guess you are having lots of Jimmylas moments now!! I can only imagine the worm hugs you gave him and caring words you said to comfort him. But I think now you are both having fun watching us from heaven, and guiding us like you’ve always done. Heaven can use you for now, but you will always be our angels. I miss both of you so much, and it still hurts!"

This tribute was added by Lambert Rangira on 24th November 2014

"No words till now! Forever in our memory.
Blessings to family"

This tribute was added by Gege Buki on 23rd November 2014

"My friend Sifa it is now 2 years and I still can't believe you are gone. I cherish our relation and your friendship in my heart. RIP again. May God  always protect Joseph, Odette and Daniel.

This tribute was added by Gege Buki on 23rd November 2014

"My friend Sifa it is now 2 years and I still can't believe you are gone. I cherish our relation and your friendship in my heart. RIP again. May God  always protect Joseph, Odette and Daniel.

This tribute was added by Irene Gathinji on 23rd November 2014

"Its two years since you suddenly left us and I miss you dearly. I think of you daily as I drive through our street past the lovely house you lived in and the spot where the tragedy happened. I think of you when I remember our conversations about – oh so many topics - and mostly our girls and their future. I think of you when something is beyond me and the phrase that you used so well “only God knows”. I think of you when I hold my kindle to read – you introduced me to this gadget and gave me as a gift. I think of you in many ways and I miss you.

Because “only God knows”, I have learnt in the past year to turn my missing you into a prayer. I miss you = I pray for Joseph, I miss you = I pray for Odette, I miss you = I pray for Daniel, I miss you = I pray for your mom, your siblings, your extended family and those people who miss you as I do. I thank God for sustaining and healing your family. May He continue to provide for them at the point of their need.

In this past year too, my dad joined you and as I bid him goodbye, I was consoled that he will find you there and it will be a matter of time and I too will come. Until then, I will miss you and pray for those you left behind."

This tribute was added by Lambert Rangira on 27th November 2013

"I will never forget. And, I am still speechless a year later. But, God is good. Sifa, an outstanding sister in Christ, now living forever with our Lord. We miss you but... we praise the Lord by faith. Amen."

This tribute was added by Jolly Karemangingo on 23rd November 2013

"Une Annee deja,
son esprit  vive est toujours ici,... RIP."

This tribute was added by Gaston Ntabana on 24th June 2013

"A loss for humanity, period. We will remember Sifa as a beautiful wife and a mother of unsurpassed  love"

This tribute was added by Michel Croteau on 8th January 2013

"Hi Jeff, Odette et Daniel.

I have a so nice memory of your family. What happend is hawfull and I think of you. Sifa is now an angel that will take care of you. Hope that you will find the force to pass trough this. Marion and Quentin think also about you. Take care and you're welcome at home if you pass by"

This tribute was added by Akuete Sossavi on 8th January 2013

"Dear Sifa. When this morning,  I learned about your departure to the LORD, I asked myself why so soon? Why not giving us few more years? Then our LORD answered me with the following: "I have things to have done here and she is the best fit for it. I sent her to help the world but I need her now".Thank you for everything you have done. Your dream for this world will continue forever.Peace."

This tribute was added by Victoria Trabosh on 7th January 2013

"I miss you dear friend.  When we met 7 years ago you dazzled me with your focus and passion.  You are one of those I will choose to honor more by my action than my grief.  Murakoze cyane for all you gave to the world.  To Jeff and the children I send you my deepest condolences.  May you see  Sifa in the brightest moments of your life and know she is with you always.  Mama Itafari"

This tribute was added by Lambert Rangira on 4th January 2013

"The departure of a great lady has left us with a huge void and sorrow. Nevertheless, the Lord is faithful and has given our Sifa more that what she could ever experience down here: Everlasting Life with our Creator. Praise the Lord. We shall meet again by God's grace. We love you so much. May the Lord heal the Nsengimanas and the Munyaburangas."

This tribute was added by Gege Buki on 20th December 2012

"A Jeff et les enfants, Jose, Ngandu, Safi, Alain, que le Bon Dieu reconforte vos coeurs et gloire a Son Nom. Sifa was a great person."

This tribute was added by Gege Buki on 20th December 2012

"Dear Sifa i can see that you was a great person when i am seeing all those nice words on you. I am happy and praise the Lord to have given me the opportunity to know and be friend with you. We were dreaming that our life will take us back in the same country where our husband and kids would have known much each and one. But you are gone now. I will always cherish our friendship. RIP"

This tribute was added by Andrea Munya on 7th December 2012

"I close my eyes as I wipe a tear.
I just keep wishing u were still here.
I will hold all the memories deep in my heart.
Through these memories will never part.
I just keep wishing this pain would disappear.
I didn’t get the chance to say my last good-bye.
I just didn’t think u could ever die.
All of your love I will always hold near.
In my heart and my mind I will never be

This tribute was added by Shema Kalisa on 7th December 2012

"Aunty: you have truly inspired me to Live freely, Love passionately and Share always.
You took time to help me choose colleges and decide a major. You gave me sound advice and inspired me when my goals changed and in some of my darkest times.
You always told me I had beautiful hands.
Thank you.
I hope to one-day leave a legacy that is even a fraction as enduring, meaningful and worthy"

This tribute was added by angeline gasani on 4th December 2012

"You listened to your inner voice at a young age, had the courage to act on it and in the process, made the lives of many people more bearable. I hope to one day be able to follow into your footsteps and help make this world a better one.  
Rest in peace Sifa."

This tribute was added by Nsama Chikwanka on 2nd December 2012

"SIFA!!! I am shell shocked at your sudden demise, 3 days after your email detailing how busy you'd be week of Nov 26 when I was to be in your backyard. No wonder yo phone was unanswered Nov 29! Memories of you & Joseph sitting opposite me during our rushed Nov 6 JHB lunch as I returned from Judithbakr/Lady Smith to pick books for poor Zambian kids are indelible. To Jo & kids: IT IS WELL"

This tribute was added by Angelique Gasaro on 1st December 2012

"Most people follow the path wherever it leads them. Others hack their own way through the brush and always seem to end up on higher ground. Sifa Nsengimana was of the second sort. Forever Rest Peace."

This tribute was added by Laetitia Rwiyegura on 30th November 2012

"A  place in heaven is where you sit,
looking at that star you lit.
In our thoughts forever you will be,
never knowing why someone set you free.
Sifa, I met you only once, and that was enough to know the kind of Angel you are and love you."

This tribute was added by Freddy Musoni on 30th November 2012

"Dear Sifa,
I will miss you dearly because of your kindness and your gentle spirit. I always enjoyed the Xmas holidays we spent together in Loma Linda, California with the whole clan. To my brother Jeff and my lil Odette & our prince Daniel, may God comfort you with his unconditional love during  these trying times. Much love, Freddy Rutinduka."

This tribute was added by Angelique Murekatete on 30th November 2012

"Your legacy will live through us!!
Rest in peace Sifa!!!"

This tribute was added by Ken Wegrzyn on 30th November 2012

"We were shocked to learn of Sifa’s passing. Sifa was the kind of person that always had a smile, a lot of energy, and a genuine warmth that just drew you close. Even when you first met her it was like you’ve been part of her family for a long time. We will miss her greatly. Our thoughts, prayers, tears, and smiles because of good memories are with Joseph, Odette, and Daniel. --Ken & Sandi"

This tribute was added by Lynne Tirrell on 30th November 2012

"It is tragic for the world to lose Sifa, whose vision, grace, and energy so blessed all whom she met. Her work to stop the genocide in Darfur was just one piece of a beautiful mosaic of activism and love. May all of Sifa’s family and close friends find peace in carrying forward the values she worked so hard to promote in the world: peace, love, dignity, and respect. RIP, beautiful soul."

This tribute was added by Mathilde Mukantabana on 30th November 2012

"It is very hard to comprehend and to make sense of your passing Sifa but you lit a fire that will keep warming the lives and hearts of those who had the privilege to cross your path. You were like a meteor for you left too soon. But like a shining star your light will live on forever.  Jeff,  you always called each other Angel. She is now your Angel in the real sense and she will watch over you an"

This tribute was added by Gatsinzi Basaninyenzi on 30th November 2012

"Dear Sifa,  these lines from Elton John's poem "Candle in the Wind" seem fitting here: "I never knew you at all/...[but] I would have liked to have known you.""

This tribute was added by Jolly Karemangingo on 30th November 2012

"Parti si tot. J'aurais aime de connaitre et apprendre plus  de  Sifa,
Si juste et Gentille . Ainsi que ta famille  , et nombreux de ceux que tu as inspiree ; Je me souviendrai de toi toujours.
Que la terre te soit Legere ,et sans doute, le ciel est ouvert ... RIP SIFA"

This tribute was added by Shaiya Baer on 29th November 2012

"While the world is,a more compassionate place because of your life's work, we are nonetheless at a loss; who could possibly take your place?."

This tribute was added by jean-baptiste Rudatsikira on 29th November 2012

"At this time we mourn but also celebrate Aunt Sifa's amazing life and try to continue her legacy of love, compassion, and working to make the world a better place.

We know that God will keep give us the strength we need at this difficult time."

This tribute was added by consolee nishimwe on 29th November 2012

"Dearest Sifa,
You were taken from us so soon and you will be missed so much. You have touched so many lives and made so many feel loved, cared for.
Your memories will be cherished. May your soul rest in Peace."

This tribute was added by Jacqueline Murekatete on 29th November 2012

"To our  beautiful,brilliant and loving Aunt Sifa,
We have no words to express how we feel at this time about your passing. We miss you so much already but remain grateful for having had you in our lives. We will be forever inspired by you. Thank you for living the life that you led and for teaching us so much. We love you, miss you dearly, and will never forget you. Jacqueline & JB"

This tribute was added by thamar kabayiza on 29th November 2012

"Sifa, you will always be remembered as a kind and caring person by those lives you touched. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. Rest in peace.

Thamar and family."

This tribute was added by Nicaise Nkurunziza on 29th November 2012

"À toute la famille de Sissi Sifa, je vous présente toutes mes condoléances. Je me sens privilegie de t'avoir connu. Je terminerai avec ce petit mot en swahili: ase nini : semesha tantine épaulette. Repose en paix"

This tribute was added by Augustin Nkusi on 29th November 2012

"Dear Sifa , It was  very sad for me to hear about this accident that claimed  your life. I remember when we met for the first time at Colorado university in April 2007 on a conference . You showed me how far you love Rwanda and all Africans especially when you were advocating for South Sundanese dying of hanger  . Rest in Peace"

This tribute was added by Faith Mbabazi on 29th November 2012

"Sifa, i will miss you dearly..but mostly the children you gave help give hope for the future at Agahozo Shalom village.You are gone too soon.May the God lord help us carry on your legacy."

This tribute was added by Christine Moro on 29th November 2012

"Such a beautiful, intelligent and inspirational woman taken from us far too soon.  I only met you briefly but you left an indelible memory. Joseph my prayers are with you and the children for your tragic loss.  May her memory and the many people whose lives she touched bring you some comfort."

This tribute was added by Rutembesa Didier on 29th November 2012

"Her youthfullness and her purpose driven life will be missed by many of those young people in Rwamagana who looked at her as a role-model ! Her actions will definately be an inspiration for future generations in Rwanda ! Imana imwakire mu bayo !"

This tribute was added by Désiré Kamanzi on 29th November 2012

"I thank God to have crossed your path and known you Sifa... I cherish every second I've spent with you and painfully miss your beautiful and contagious smile, your warmth, kindness, generosity: YOU. My deepest condolences to your kids, Jeff, Alain and your entire family. Rest In Peace Sifa and Glory be to God!"

This tribute was added by oscar bayingana on 28th November 2012

"Sifa, the untimely death has snatched you at such time when many people were in  a great need of you, in many ways. Your goodness, kindness and social engagement will be remembered by a number of people in different parts of the world you've lived in. May your soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Romain Rurangirwa on 28th November 2012

"Dear Sifa,
"what moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day with you, one more word; we may not understand why you left this earth so soon,  but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget. We love and miss you." RIP"

This tribute was added by JOSUE KAYIJAHO on 28th November 2012

"We lost a wonderful mom, wife, friend and a community leader. She was a relentless advocate of the weaker and  a human right activitist. Sifa lived a generous and authentic life. The world lost someone who already has done so much to improve it. Jeff, Odette, and Daniel, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Be strong for the Lord is with you." He will not leave  or forsake you"."

This tribute was added by Audrine B on 28th November 2012

"Most of us talk about the good we want to do for others or the world but we never seem to do so. You put your words and dreams into action and fought for the well being of of others. Your selflessness, love and dedication was shown through your endless fight for others. You did more in your short life than most people have. You fought a good fight! Go in peace and smile on glory's side."

This tribute was added by Carline Musolini on 28th November 2012

"You were so full of life, so full of joy...
Gone to soon, you will remain forever in my heart.
I ache for your loved ones, may God take care of them.

May you rest in peace dear friend.

I'll never forget you."

This tribute was added by Monique Mutalikanwa on 28th November 2012

"The Humanitarian in You was restless and your work was a solid act of love. RIP Sifa, I m certain you joined the Angels in Heaven and to Jeff and the kids you left behind I say...though it s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. My prayers go to you and know she will be truly missed."

This tribute was added by Monique Mutalikanwa on 28th November 2012

"Sifa, you are such a beautiful soul, your smile was one in a million and your kindness touched many and I‘m one of them. You were a loving mother and wife and to your family and friends who crossed your path you lightened our lives. I met you for the first time over Xmas back in 2004 and I left with a souvenir of a wonderful person, beautiful, smart, warm, humble and genuinely CARING."

This tribute was added by Pamela Mutijima on 28th November 2012

"I thank God to have known you                                                  You were an amazing, exceptional and loving person...You will be missed and my heart goes out for the family.... May your soul rest in peace Sifa"

This tribute was added by Nathalie Bibentyo on 28th November 2012

"A ma tante SIfa. Je ne pouvais pas imaginer que votre passage la fois dernière au Canada pour nous visiter était le dernier. Aujourd'hui votre disparution laisse un énorme trou au sein de la famille.Vous étiez unique en votre genre et vous le resterez pour toujours, votre bienveillance et votre sens du partage constituent un modele pour moi et pour toute la famille. Adieux Tantine Sifa."

This tribute was added by Ernest Rugwizangoga on 28th November 2012

"It is indeed very sad to learn that one of the " most wonderful people" I have ever known have passed away.  I remember my first conversation with Sifa when she was a full time volunteer in a movement that was against the Darfour genocide.  I told her how brave it was for her to give so much time to the cause despite having two little kids.  Sifa you will be missed and you are Intwali."

This tribute was added by Blaise Bayingana on 28th November 2012

"You were indeed a champion and the kindest person on earth. My prayers are with the lovely family left behind Joseph,Odette and Daniel. Death always untimely robs us of the people we love and hold dear to our hearts,YOU will be dearly missed. Till we meet again on that great morning at the second coming of Christ,may your soul rest in ever lasting peace"

This tribute was added by Francine Ndayisaba on 28th November 2012

"It is indeed heartbreaking to part ways with someone as nice as Sifa. May the comfort of God help your family during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Frieda Sebujisho on 28th November 2012

"Dear Jeff and family, we are praying for you to have peace and comfort that only God can give.Please "take heart" my brother because as you know, for those of us who believe, even death is not permanent."

This tribute was added by Jean Paul SEBERA on 28th November 2012

"Repose en paix, chère Sifa.Tu nous quittes si jeune  mais tu avais déja beaucoup fait avec générosité.A ton époux, tes enfants, René, Roger, José et le reste de la famille, nous présentons nos plus sincères condoléances.Puisse le Tout Puissant vous réconforter en ces moments si pénibles et douloureux."

This tribute was added by Alice Umugwaneza on 27th November 2012

"Chère Sifa, ton départ de ce monde m'a ébranlée, difficile d'y croire. Mais je garderai un très bon souvenir de toi, de ton sourire contagieux, d'une charmante fille que j'ai connue ici à Montréal. Je me souviens de ton passage chez nous en 2001 avec ta petite famille, à laquelle Joe et moi adressons nos sincères condoléances. Tu pars si vite, mais ta mémoire sera certes une force pour les tiens."

This tribute was added by Monika Parikh on 27th November 2012

"The earth suffers from your loss but your dedication, passion and capacity to love have left a bright light for others to follow.  May you rest in peace and may those who knew you well take care during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by linda trau on 27th November 2012

"Sifa, rest in peace. I am heartbroken that you were taken away so young. I knew you at Agahoza Shalom for a short time. My memories of you , so strong, kind, intelligent , so full of compassion and love . My prayers for your family and all of those who loved you . I will never forget you and will hold you in my heart and soul forever."

This tribute was added by Kinani Danielle on 27th November 2012

"Dear Sifa,you were taken from us much too soon. I will always remember you just as I saw you for the last time: teasing me, smiling. As a gorgeous, intelligent woman, as a wonderful mother. May your soul rest in peace as you sit by the Father's side."

This tribute was added by Cee Kay on 27th November 2012

"I have such a heavy heart... A shooting star stayed long enough to be admired by all but left too soon.

Sifa, your lively spirit and your love for others were what made your soul so unique.

I'll see you on the other side, Sister."

This tribute was added by Judith Baker on 27th November 2012

"Sifa's life stands as a model for everyone who works for human rights, equality and peace. It is up to us to take up where she left off and draw on her inexhaustible spirit for our own strength. I hope someone will finish the book she was writing, the book she hoped would bring hope to young people growing up with adversity. I know Sifa will live on in us."

This tribute was added by Willy Fabre on 27th November 2012

""Sifa, je découvre ton existence alors même que tu nous quittes sans espoir de retour et je regrette fort de ne pas avoir pu te contacter avant ce terrible départ. Merci pour tout ce que tu as pu faire pour tes semblables, le bien que tu as fait rayonner et que tu as sans calcul aucun distribué tout autour de toi. Merci pour tout et bon voyage vers ta nouvelle destinée. Wirira de Gisozi""

This tribute was added by Mimi Kayihura on 27th November 2012

"Tears in our eyes they won't go away,
we wish you were here with us today.
We know you never meant to hurt us,
or to make us cry.
Our love for you will always stay,
if only things didn't end this way.
But now that you are gone so soon.
We will always remember you as our woman of
Compassion, Loving and Caring heart.
May you rest in peace our ‘SISI’.
Mana  komeza umuryango wa Sifa muri ibi bihe bik"

This tribute was added by Esther Umulisa on 27th November 2012

""Dearest Sifa, gone to soon, I will always cherish all the good moments spent together in Canada. May your beautiful soul rest in peace""

This tribute was added by Alida Ngandu on 27th November 2012

"Tantine, à l’instant, le ciel est ta demeure
Dort bien dans ton paradis de splendeur
Envole-toi, le temps calmera ma douleur
Ta présence restes dans mon cœur
Tu es là, même quand tourne le vent
Car, j’ai  écris ton nom noir sur blanc
Le souvenir de ton âme et ta peau
Repose-toi tantine avec Dieu là-haut"

This tribute was added by Yehoyada Mbangukira on 27th November 2012

"Jeff & family:
Sometimes when words fail we are reminded by the words of the song:
There is no problem too big God cannot solve, There is no mountain too tall he cannot move, There is no storm too dark God cannot calm, There is no sorrow too deep He cannot soothe...He will carry you my brother. Komera!!!"

This tribute was added by Grace Sebageni on 27th November 2012

"Sifa. Girl, you had a heart with wings. Such a beautiful heart. Thank you for giving your life to so many, and for shining the light in your heart to brighten their way. I will take this precious lesson with me. That I should not be afraid to fail, rather I should be afraid not to try .. I will try Sifa. I will remember your example and I will try. I will never forget you my friend. Never!"

This tribute was added by Joseline Muhorakeye on 27th November 2012

"I'm in pain that we lost a beautiful, young and strong woman like you Only God knows why. You will forever be our angel. We will always miss you. Rest in peace, Sifa Nsengimana."

This tribute was added by Zeff Gahamanyi on 27th November 2012

"Brother Jeff, Sifa was too pure to be kept on this sinner's world...God wanted her on his side.  I remember her wisdom, spirituality and her love for humanity and can't believe she is gone...!
Please rest assured that my family and I are with you in these difficult times of sorrow.
"Aheza mw'Ijuru, tuzahurirayo bagenzi...""

This tribute was added by Jean-Marie Nkusi on 27th November 2012

"Your LOVE  and CARE, a loving Mother, a type of a friend one can spend all his/her everything to have eternally, Ooh boy, Sifa, if I'm to talk the kind of a person you were, it can take an eternity. The tree of LOVE and CARE you planted will always bloom flowers,a reflection to your gorgeous SMILE and yield delicious fruits to our souls. You lighted my life and inspired me. Rest in PEACE."

This tribute was added by Chavdar Stoyanov on 27th November 2012

"Dear Rene, Roger and Serge and Sifa's family accept my dearest condolences for the loss of your sister. May you sister Sifa Nsengimana rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Alice Cyusa on 27th November 2012

"Dear Sifa, Rest in Peace, May God welcomes you in His Kingdom, May the Almighty God continue to protect your family, you've touched so many lives, your love and legacy will live on."

This tribute was added by Hiiram Gahima on 27th November 2012

""Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness." Isaiah 51:11"

This tribute was added by Hiiram Gahima on 27th November 2012

"Dear Sifa,
Beata and I, were so priveleged to have known you. The news of you passing come like a thunder and it is hard to overcome the shock. Please know this, we will chersh you love, your compassion, your warth, loving and caring heart, forever. You will be truly missed.
"Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlastin"

This tribute was added by Linda Gatera on 27th November 2012

You took good care of me ever since I can remember. You always had the funniest stories about my childhood. You came to Canada with us and lived with us. You laughed with me, cried with me and punished me when it was needed. You got married and started a family of your own but never forgot about me. You always made sure to have news from me and my brothers and sisters. You always made sure"

This tribute was added by Panther Alier on 27th November 2012

"I am still shocked by this untimely sad news!! I was lonely in the world of unpleasant, inhumane stories of this world, until when I met you Sifa. You encouraged me with your even horrid stories of massacre, genocide, though was very hard to find/see through your smiley face. The world has truly lost a champion of peace and co-existence....you are truly missed!!"

This tribute was added by Rita Sonko on 27th November 2012

"What a tragedy, such a special person; a great mom for her two lovely children & a great friend to so many. I heard lots about you Sifa from our mutual friend Irene. She planned to get us to meet on several occasions, but it wasn’t meant to be. And yet still, i met you briefly by coincidence... fleeting moments. Sometimes that all we get to have. May your Soul rest in peace!"

This tribute was added by Irene Gathinji on 27th November 2012

"Our girls brought us together and you became my little sister - full of ideas, insight, love and oh that radiant smile! You are an angel sent my way and I am happy that you lived. Rest well Sifa, in our hearts you remain."

This tribute was added by Joshua Harper on 27th November 2012

"I know I already left a tribute but I saw that lots of people left more than one so I just want to say that if Daniel is reading these tributes I want him to know that WHPS sends all of it's love and most of all the Grade 7's send their love. Daniel and Odette, Trenton Wiseman, Joshua Mikheibir, John Fox and Mrs. Pillay send love to you and we are all praying for you and your family."

This tribute was added by Robert Ha on 27th November 2012

"Rest in eternal Peace Sifa.You left way too soon but very well accomplished.You were selfless, kind, and full of passion! I am one of the lucky ones to have ever crossed your paths. I shall never forget that warm big smile."

This tribute was added by Eugenie Mukanoheli on 27th November 2012

"Sifa, it's difficult to find words to express what I feel now. I mourn your death but celebrate your love, your life. It's true angels don't live on earth. You'll always be remebered by all those who have known you. "R.I.P.""

This tribute was added by Gloria N on 27th November 2012

So short and slippery
So fun, yet disappointing
So hard to understand
So hard to hold onto

This tribute was added by Gloria N on 27th November 2012

"Today I pay tribute to a friend
A woman of excellence
A woman of heart and love
A good friend to countless
But a special friend of ours
Today I shed tears for your loss"

This tribute was added by Gloria N on 27th November 2012

"Why so soon?
Why so brutal?
Why so young?
Why indeed?
Such is a question on many minds
Such is a question inside many hearts"

This tribute was added by Gloria N on 27th November 2012

"But as we shed tears
We also reflect on a life of devotion
A life full of light and love
A light on a high mountain
Shining down the valley
A life worth living"

This tribute was added by Gloria N on 27th November 2012

"Many moons may come and go
Many suns may shine and disappear
Many stars may rise and fade
but yours is a life worth celebrating
A light still shining even in the after life
And one that will ring in the chambers of greatness

May your soul rest in peace good friend!"

This tribute was added by Gatera Emmanuel on 27th November 2012

"You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remem"

This tribute was added by Harriette Jackson Vimegnon on 27th November 2012

"I am praying for the family.  May the Lord be with you at this time of loss."

This tribute was added by sylvia salama on 27th November 2012

"I carry the things that remind me of you, in loving memory of the one that was so true, you were as kind as you could be and even though you are gone, your kindness still means a lot to me. May the heavenly father confort your beloved family."

This tribute was added by Christina Mukankaka on 26th November 2012

"Dear Sifa, you will be so missed!!  Your sudden death is a reminder that our life on earth is but a vapor, yet what a privilege to have known you.  You are gone from our sight but your memory will live on forever from your acts of love and compassion.  I pray that God will comfort Jeff, Odette, Daniel and all your family in this time of grief."

This tribute was added by Fedha Nakito on 26th November 2012

""Personal journeys adorn the global quilt"Was her Moto,so she departs from this life but still lives in the hearts of those who have known her.Who are we to ask God:Why?because when he created her we weren`t there and so when he taketh her back all we can say is "Glory be to God" as her name Means"Sifa kwa Mungu".So Rest in peace my sister my friend until we meet again.Amen"

This tribute was added by Claude Kabera on 26th November 2012

"Dear Aunt Sifa,

Words cannot convey what a wonderful person you were and how much we will all miss your smile, your humor, and most of all your generous spirit.  You were taken from us too soon -- much too soon. But we know that as long we hold on to your memory , you will forever be in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Pascale Ngirumpatse on 26th November 2012

""Well done Faithful Servant" said the Lord. I can hear those words at your entrance at the Heavenly gate.My heart is aching for Jeff, Odette, Daniel and your whole family and pray God's Love, Peace and confort over them. Ce n'est qu'un Aurevoir,ma Belle!"

This tribute was added by Olivier Munyaburanga on 26th November 2012

"Tantine Sifa, j'espère un jour trouver les mots justes pour exprimer à quel point tu es et tu resteras pour toujours un Être extraordinaire. Merci pour le temps, l'aide, les conseils, les blagues, etc. Chaque fois qu'on a discuté, tu m’as toujours rappelé l’importance d’aimer et d’aider les gens dans les besoins. Tu es un modèle pour moi et pour toute la famille. Tu me manqueras toujours."

This tribute was added by Mary Haskell on 26th November 2012

"It was a privilege to know Sifa for even a short time.
I shall never forget her.
My heart goes out to Sifa's husband and children."

This tribute was added by Thierry Kay on 26th November 2012

"Sifa Nsengimana was the most beautiful person ever,both inside and out. She always made people happy around her. It is a big loss for all those who did not get chance to experience her presence. As for the others, they will uncompromisingly miss her.I will hold all the memories deep in my heart.Through these memories will never part.
May your soul rest in peace,Aunty"

This tribute was added by Ruth Wenske Stern on 26th November 2012

"Dearest Sifa, your life and whole being are a testimony to the greatness of the human spirit, which cannot be crushed by anything when the light of faith shines from within. In your too few years you have done and lived and touched people by just being you, and we are all better for having known you. I will miss you forever, but will strive to always see the world and God through your eyes"

This tribute was added by Thierry Kay on 26th November 2012

"I know that you’re no longer with us and it is for good.It’s hard to accept but now I’ve understood that nothing last forever, even if it’s good or it’s bad now you have found a new family of which I know it makes me feel glad That your sorrows, sadnesses has ended just like the way God intended.We all miss you and when we think of all the times we had with you we are saying thank you God.R.I.P"

This tribute was added by jeanne Muja on 26th November 2012

"Death leaves a heartache, no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal, like the love for Sifa. Please accept these messages and hear the words we are not able 2 speak, With heartfelt condolences and fondest remembrances I wish to extend and I pray 4 her soul 2 rest in peace. the journey is very challenging but the angel left us for haven to join the choir of GOD!"

This tribute was added by jeanne Muja on 26th November 2012

"Too Young, too soon, My heart aches for your loss. Sifa..., you were a home for homeless, hope for desperates, in sorrowful times you were a shoulder to cry on! I remember you, when you started to look for a land in Rwamagana, when you inaugurated and housed those orphans! I can not believe we are at this stage of life. forever missed. may God bless your be-leaved family. Oh God!!"

This tribute was added by Nancy Kaufman on 26th November 2012

"Sifa, You were a light and a beacon of hope for so many of us at JCRC and throughout the Save Darfur movement. Your indomitable spirit, passion and grace were such an inspiration for so many of us. Thank you for the love and joy you brought to this world. May your memory be for a blessing for all time. My heartfelt condolences go to your whole family. We must all carry on the work..."

This tribute was added by Harley Swedler on 26th November 2012

"The song states: "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" ... however, in the case of Sifa, we all knew what we had when she was with us.  Charm, grace, energy, positivity, optimism, caring ... just some of her characteristics that made us all grateful for her presence in our lives.  The world will be dimmer without our dear and much missed Sifa."

This tribute was added by Anne Kottler on 26th November 2012


All of those you touched have been blessed by  you."

This tribute was added by Christine Rutagengwa on 26th November 2012

"Dear Sifa, it was a shock to hear that you left us! Sometimes I'm angry at God for letting this happen! But, I’m pretty sure you are at His side now and showing your wonderful smile. My family will never forget the time we spent together at your house, at my house, at the beach... and whenever your Odette and my Chelsea wanted to get together. We will always miss you!"

This tribute was added by Rebecca Hamilton on 26th November 2012

"To my beloved Sifa. I am still in shock, unable to process our world without your light radiating to everyone your indefatigable spirit touched. You were my hero & will live forever as an inspiration to all of us who have seen the worst of humanity yet chose to believe in & nurture the best of it. I love you. Bec"

This tribute was added by Despina Papavarnavas on 26th November 2012

"We little knew that morning,God was going 2 call ur name,
It broke our hearts 2 loose u, u did not go alone,
4 part of us went with u, the day God called u home.
U left us beautiful memories, ur smile will be our guide,
& though we cannot c u, u'll b always at our side.
Our friendship chain is broken & nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us 1 by 1, the chain will link again."

This tribute was added by Joshua Harper on 26th November 2012

"Dear Aunty Sifa, I did not know you well but I will always remember you as the most friendliest person I knew. Your smile used to make peoples souls feel so warm. As I once said to Daniel at school:"Your Mom has the nicest smile, just perfect for a colgate add." Aunty Sifa I will always remember you as a kind, caring lady and I only hope that your family feels better soon!"

This tribute was added by Jean Bosco Rutagengwa on 26th November 2012

"A loss for humanity, period. We will remember Sifa as a beautiful wife and a mother of unsurpassed  love, but also as a strong, smart and  pragmatic woman dedicated to peace and social justice through effective activism.  Her legacy of building a world without genocide will live on."

This tribute was added by Rahab Wibabara on 26th November 2012

"Sifa, You will be missed so much!! You were here for a very short while but you definitely left a mark!!!. It was a pleasure knowing you. I'm grateful for the last time I saw you when you visited us in Belmont. May your sweet soul rest in eternal peace."

This tribute was added by Karen Hirschfeld on 26th November 2012

"Dearest Sifa, we are all richer for having had you on this earth.  You were an inspiration to all; gentle but strong, full-of-life and yet fully dedicated to helping the most vulnerable.  My heart goes out to your dear children, husband and the many of us whose lives you touched."

This tribute was added by Shireen Steyn on 26th November 2012

"When I heard that you had left us
I was simply blown away
How could that be possible?
We were laughing yesterday.
Always there for everyone
So dependable, sincere
Kind, gentle and caring
Felt good to have you near.
So, my dear departed friend
I’ll think of you each day
Peace and rest and comfort
I hope you’ve found today."

This tribute was added by Claire Ruremesha on 26th November 2012

"Sifa my dearest friend you were a gift from God, however much I try, I know I will never come to terms with your sudden departure.  In my heart you are immortal!  I will always remember and cherish your friendship, liveliness, your endearing smile, big heart and love for humanity, but above all I will always love you."

This tribute was added by Beatha Smith on 26th November 2012

"Dear Sifa, in the short time i known you, you were like a candle and a hope for the future! I'm speechless to hear of your departure so soon! rest in peace dear friend you will always be remembered!"

This tribute was added by Sam Munyandamutsa on 26th November 2012

"My Dearest Sifa. Thank you for the most memorable summer visit to Oregon. Its me my dear, your other Husband as you usually called me. I will miss your hugs, smile, the good times we all had this last summer. It is as if you were saying goodbye without knowing. I will make a point to eat the pink champagne cake every year on your birthday since it was your favorite. You are forever missed"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Ngandu on 25th November 2012

"Dear Aunty,
There are no words that can make justice to the life you have lived
There are no ways to count how many hearts and lives you have changed
Even if there is no way for us to repay you our gratitude
Rest assured that your legacy will live through us"

This tribute was added by Susan Morgan on 25th November 2012

"Dearest Sifa, You touched so many of us deeply with your dancing eyes, radiant smile and exquisite spirit.  Despite the many hardships you endured, you always saw the good and inspired the best in others. In your short life you made an enormous contribution to humanity. Thank you for the light and joy you brought to so many lives. We will miss you terribly."

This tribute was added by Desire Joseph on 25th November 2012

"In the short time I've known you,you inspired me in so many ways,we'll honour your memories by carrying on what you started."

This tribute was added by Jirair Ratevosian on 25th November 2012

"Rest in peace Sifa Nsengimana. You were taken away from Earth too soon. It can only mean your passion, kind spirit, big smile and unwavering conviction are needed elsewhere. While your tireless work to improve the lives of others remains unfinished, the work continues in your honor and memory."

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