A Thousand Hills to Heaven

A Thousand Hills to Heaven

Love, Hope, and A Restaurant in Rwanda

Book - 2013
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One couple's inspiring memoir of healing a Rwandan village, raising a family near the old killing fields, and building a restaurant named Heaven.
Newlyweds Josh and Alissa were at a party and received a challenge that shook them to the core: do you think you can really make a difference? Especially in a place like Rwanda, where the scars of genocide linger and poverty is rampant?

While Josh worked hard bringing food and health care to the country's rural villages, Alissa was determined to put their foodie expertise to work. The couple opened Heaven, a gourmet restaurant overlooking Kigali, which became an instant success. Remarkably, they found that between helping youth marry their own local ingredients with gourmet recipes (and mix up "the best guacamole in Africa") and teaching them how to help themselves, they created much-needed jobs while showing that genocide's survivors really could work together.
While first a memoir of love, adventure, and family, A THOUSAND HILLS TO HEAVEN also provides a remarkable view of how, through health, jobs, and economic growth, our foreign aid programs can be quickly remodeled and work to end poverty worldwide.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316232913
Characteristics: viii, 308 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 22 cm


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m2 Dec 23, 2013

An interesting memoir about a couple that leaves NYC to travel to Rwanda to do aid work. In addition to directing a successful Millenium Villages Project, they also open a fine dining restaurant which now is an international dining destination called Heaven. The author is not a great writer nor does he include all the information you want to learn, but he gives you a fascinating picture none the less. Recommended for those interested in Africa, aid work, and making a difference.


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