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05/31/2021 - Mr Isaac Maurice Esilaba
I want to thank God for this opportunity to pass my condolences to the family of the late Paul Olson. I got to know Paul Olson way back in1993,when I received a letter from him as the director of Kigali international school inviting me to work as a private special needs tutor for a student with special needs who had been admitted at kis.I left Nairobi for Kigali to take up the opportunity Mr Paul Olson had offered me without delay for he had indicated the urgency of the need for me to be there. When I reported at KIS on the first day,I was introduced to Mr Paul Olson by my host who was the parent of the child with special needs ,the late Mr fanuel makanga a diplomat at the Kenya embassy in Kigali.I was absolutely very happy to meet this wonderful man Paul Olson because he naturally was very very jovial, welcoming and I just felt the warm relationship that was about Mr Paul Olson. All through the entire time I worked at KIS,I came to understand Mr Paul Olson as wonderful administrator,educator and of course the best director I've ever encountered in my entire life. My time with Paul was cut short due to the eruption of war in Rwanda, even though I still managed to meet him after at the international school if Kenya after escaping the war.I continued to communicate with Paul later on after he relocated to the USA till 1995 when I received the last communication from him.distance kept us a part but Paul was always in my heart. It's only recently that I got the shock of my life time .I was on the net searching for Paul when I came across this sad news of his passing on.I'm terribly sad for loosing such a wonderful person who elevated Me professionally to the international level.my condolences to Maggie Olson ,the daughter's, Lena and the entire AISA,TIE.may his soul RIP.
05/08/2021 - Patricie Kayirangwa
Hi, am so happy to have been given this opportunity to say something about, Mr Olison, I call him my “HERO”, him and his wise Marge with their Daughter who was a-little Prince in 1994 during Genocide in Rwanda, save my life! Few months before the war in Rwanda ????, the killers (interahamwe), come to my place where I lived with my sister, I was toured bitten to death, but with God’s love for me, am still alive! Anyways to cut the story short, a friend passed by my house after having heard the news that I would have been killed! Good enough we were hiding in a neighbours house. This friend called the American Embassy then who contacted Mr Olison about me! Then Mr Olison with some my colleagues who worked as care takers at KIS, come and rescued us! Good enough my sister wasn’t touched, but I was half died really! Bleeding my face was swollen etc! Mr Olison took us to his residence, whereby I got treatment, we were looked after as their own kids, till I got better then we left their residence, I remember that was in February 1994, then things got worse in April, I never had a chance of saying thanks to the Olison family, as I didn’t know there were about! I live in Uk ???? now, with my daughter Caroline and 2 beautiful grandchildren children, Brianna and Jayden! Mrs Olison and ur family I love ?? you so much! I hope you still remember me, I use to work in the same class with Denise Selsman etc!I wish I could meet up with you and give you, a massive big hug ?? ! Please keep Mr Olison’s legends he was such a good man ????!