Ihangane means ‘to be patient’ in Kinyarwanda, the native language of Rwanda. The word has profound significance in Rwandan culture. Not only is patience considered a necessary virtue for survival in the often challenging lives of rural communities, it is also the word that is used to comfort someone when they or their loved ones are ill. . The Ihangane Project began with the belief that by supporting smaller projects generated by those living in areas hardest hit by HIV, we can make sustainable improvements in the lives and health of people living in those communities. Through our experience, TIP has identified our ‘secret sauce’ for strengthening local health care delivery systems from within by tapping into the amazing talent and innovative minds of those living in the communities we serve. We believe that with patience, one person at a time, one idea at a time, one project at a time, we can make a lasting positive impact on the lives of many!