In April 1994, extremist leaders of Rwanda’s Hutu majority began a campaign to exterminate the Tutsi minority and moderate Hutu leaders. At the time, Damas Gisimba was director of the Gisimba Memorial Centre, an orphanage that housed 65 children. Gisimba risked his life by sheltering some 400 Tutsi children and adults, as well as vulnerable Hutus, from the ensuing genocide. Faced with far greater need than resources, he struggled to find adequate food, water, and hiding places, while warding off attacks by armed militias. He not only cared for the basic needs of the children, but also taught them to disregard ethnic labels, a lesson that saved lives during the genocide. He continues to direct the Centre today.