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Congo Initiative
October 3, 2011

Last year the president and founder of UCBC, Dr. David Kasali, came to the United States to share the university's mission with educators at some American colleges. He requested them to consider sending faculty and providing professional development. He asked Mary Henton, my sister-in-law, a Congo Initiative board member, to assist him in making contacts and providing transportation. I travelled with them as they followed up on their contacts. As we met with college presidents, faculty, and others involved in higher education, Dr. Kasali captivated his audience as he told UCBC's story, sharing Congo Initiative's vision that education is the key to building Congolese leadership.

David Kasali is a master at telling the story of UCBC’s beginning. He told of hiding from rebels in the Congo bush and of his vision from God that education was a way out of the problems the Congo was having. UCBC has come from that vision, and it has been blessed with a reputation that allowed it to be accredited much more quickly than what is the norm. In a few short years the school has been established, teachers have been engaged, and students have enrolled. In addition, the service-learning model used at UCBC has attracted the attention of the Democratic Republic of Congo Ministry of Higher Education.

UCBC’s students learn to deal in very practical ways with issues within their cities and communities. This past July, the first graduating class left UCBC to begin careers in communications, applied sciences, theology, and economics, well equipped to pursue their areas of expertise and to impact in positive ways the communities in which they live.

In March, my wife and I were privileged to host Honore Bunduki, UCBC’s Academic Dean when he came to the United States to generate new contacts and to exchange ideas with American educators. Honore and I visited local universities and met with small groups of interested individuals. In each context, Honore demonstrated a breadth of knowledge in education policies and philosophies, an ability to articulate UCBC’s mission, and a style of communication that connects with a variety of audiences.

The time I spent with Dr. Kasali and Honore Bunduki made clear to me that they have passion, integrity and commitment to excellence which will enable them to lead UCBC to a future that will impact the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition I believe the quality of leadership embodied in these two men ensures success of UCBC and Congo Initiative.

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interactions with UCBC leadership and observations of Congo Initiative's ministry.

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provide housing for short term visiting educators

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I assisted Dr. Kasali and Honore Bunduki while they were in the United States.