Here are some of our favorite photos of Baroness Kimberly Moore, who visited Rwanda for the first time this summer. Moore was invited by the Rwanda Government to attend it's 9th annual "Kwita Izina" event, also known as the"Gorilla Baby Naming Ceremony". Kwita Izina is a Rwandan ceremony of giving a name to a newborn baby gorilla. It is named after the ancestral baby naming ceremony that happened after the birth of a newborn. It was created as a means of bringing attention both locally and internationally about the importance of protecting the mountain gorillas and their habitats in the Virunga Mountains in the north of the country.
The ceremony’s main goal is in helping monitor each individual gorilla and their groups in their natural habitat.
The ceremony was attended and supported by nearly 10,000 local residents from the region, celebrities, dignitaries and conservationist from around the world! Baroness Kimberly Moore says, “What a great honor to be part of this spectacular ceremony and celebrate with the locals the births of these new gorillas. After meeting the people, seeing the traditional dances and clothing, eating the traditional food, I am slowly falling in love with Rwanda and I am eager to learn more about their culture”.
Moore has been seriously considering taking her Adopt A Letter program to Africa next year and providing shoes for children who walk for miles on their bare feet just to get drinking water. At the same time, Moore is also looking to partner with a water organization to bring clean water to neighboring villages.