VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver will host “Rwanda: The Impacts of Volunteerism” from 6 – 8 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Dengerink Administration building, room 110. The event will feature Rwanda-native Simon Pierre Rwaramba and his harrowing tale of escape from the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. The event is free and open to the public.
Rwaramba, a Hutu sympathizer, fled Rwanda with his Tuitsi wife and son when Rwandans began being slaughtered by the thousands. In order to keep his family safe, Rwaramba hid his wife and son under the floorboards of their home until he could smuggle them out of the country. Following their escape, Rwaramba and his wife formed the Ndgengera Foundation, which places Rwandan orphans with Rwandan widows. The work of his foundation has helped rebuild the country and currently supports more than 700 children impacted by the Rwandan Genocide.
Debra Anderson, a WSU Vancouver senior studying psychology, created the event in partnership with the Associated Students of Washington State University Vancouver to increase community awareness of volunteer efforts. Anderson was inspired to share the importance of volunteerism after a trip to Africa in 2010 in preparation for her pre-health education plans.
Furthering the theme of volunteerism, WSU Vancouver colleges and departments will be on hand to provide information about ongoing volunteer opportunities available to students and community members. Refreshments will be provided.
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205 and is accessible via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $3. Parking is free after 7 p.m.
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