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Congo Initiative
September 9, 2011

I have worked with several non-profits/organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, and CI-UCBC is truly special. This is an organization that is all about equipping and empowering young Congolese men and women to transform their country. "Being transformed to transform" is the motto that is posted in every hallway and classroom. I was struck by the fact that students are not pursuing degrees in order to be able to take care of themselves but are pursuing an education that will allow them to invest in their communities.

I am a part of the UCBC scholarship program - making a regular monthly contribution that provides scholarship help for students that cannot pay the full tuition. Each scholarship recipient is expected to work each week for UCBC to improve the school and community. It's a fantastic program.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I spent several days at UCBC, and have worked with some of the UCBC graduates who are starting small businesses in the community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Invest in lodging/accomodations for visitors/guests. This would make it easier for people who want to teach or spend time at UCBC.

MY ROLE:
Donor & Did seminars/presentations on how to think about business as a way to empower the most vulnerable.