Four graduates who are making a difference
Four student success stories
Ezéchiel Nibigira was displaced by the civil war and fought in the rebel army. After the ceasefire, he attended HAU and graduated in the first class. As director of customs for the Republic of Burundi's finance ministry, Nibigira made enemies by cracking down on graft and corruption. In the coffee ministry he persuaded Starbucks to market coffee from Burundi. He served in parliament as Burundian ambassador to Kenya. He currently serves in an administrative role for the government of Burundi. In October 2014 he became the President of the HAU Board of Administration.
Gilbert is a pastor. He is to graduate in 2014 in the third Medical School class of Hope Africa University. He is 42, married and has 5 children. He was born after the death of his father in the Burundian genocide in 1972. He was raised with the help of his siblings in the disruption that followed. His education was delayed. His passion is to return to his village and deliver medical care to people who have never had a doctor. His village has built a building for his practice.
Florence Kamengi was a widow and a factory worker at the local brewery. She wanted to better her life. She became a student at HAU with no thought to the Christian aspect of HAU, but heard the gospel and became a Christian. Her direction changed. After graduation she returned to be the employee health nurse, sought to become involved in church work and became a local leader for Evangelism Explosion. Her work has been very effective and she is currently in the process of ordination to the ministry.
With his family, Alliance was a refugee in Kenya during the war. He returned to Burundi to attend HAU in medicine . Following graduation he has become the first ever international recipient of a Project MedSend Grant for a PAACS general surgery residency in Gabon. Currently there are only 10 surgeons serving the 10 million people of Burundi. He plans to come back to Kibuye Hope Hospital.
Follow this link to his thanks to sponsors of his education!