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At Trails Lounge, 18 authentic African masks, and photos of people of Rwanda from the collection of Dr. Stuart Taylor and his wife, Melody Brooks-Taylor, R.N. 

The Land of 1,000 Hills

Dr. Stewart F. Taylor, Jr. is a Portage native and the 5th generation in his family to practice medicine in Portage, WI. When he retired from private medical practice in 2012, he and his wife, Melody Brooks-Taylor, an Operating Room nurse, joined the Human Resources for Healthcare (HRH) Program and moved to Africa.


The HRH Rwanda Program, an off-shoot/brain child of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, is a collaboration between a consortium of American Universities who have a strong emphasis on Global Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health.
US Faculty partner with Rwandan Faculty for teaching and mentoring with the goals of improving medical education, improving the clinical experience for students and developing subspecialty training for physicians.
Dr. Stewart, as he was known in Rwanda, and Melody lived in the former Belgian colonial city of Butare, home of the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Rwanda, now part of the University of Rwanda. As faculty at the College of Health Sciences at UR, Dr. Stewart worked with the Department of Surgery mentoring Surgical Residents and Medical Students. Melody worked with the nurses and students at the University Teaching Hospital at Butare (CHUB).


Rwanda is a sovereign state with a democratically elected government. Because of its elevation and mountainous terrain, Rwanda is known as the “Land of 1,000 Hills.” Situated in the African Great Lakes region in Central Africa, along with neighboring Uganda and DRC, it is home to the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla made popular by Dian Fossey’s “Gorillas in the Midst.” Since the tragedy of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the people of Rwanda have worked together tirelessly to rebuild their country in the spirit of forgiveness and “never again.” In the Kinyarwandan language, the work KWIBUKA is used to signify “Remember, Unite, Renew” and the youthful country is well on its way to being a rising star in Africa and the free world.


During their 3 years living and working in Rwanda, Dr.Stewart and Melody fell in love with Rwanda and her people. They took hundreds of photos and acquired a world-class collection of ceremonial carvings from the nearby Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some of which are now on display at the Trails Lounge Supper Club in Portage.


“Rwanda is an amazing place. We cannot express our gratitude to our Rwandan friends, colleagues, and neighbors whom we met during our time living there and working with the HRH Program. Because of their wisdom and the kindness shown to us, we have become wiser, more compassionate human beings and better global citizens. It was truly a life-changing experience.”

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