A Thousand Hills to Heaven

Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda

By Josh Ruxin
(Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316232913, 320pp.)

Publication Date: November 5, 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.




About the Author
Josh Ruxin, Coordinator, Agnes Binagwaho, Coordinator, and Paul A. Wilson led the UN Millennium Project Task Force on HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB and Access to Essential Medicines, Working Group on HIV/AIDS. The UN Millennium Project and its Task Forces comprise more than 250 scientists, development practitioners, parliamentarians, policy-makers, and representatives from civil society, UN agencies, the World Bank, the IMF, and the private sector.
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