Announcing the 2018 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) contest!

Announcing the 2018 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) contest! To apply, read below and send applications to KinshasaExchange@state.gov by March 19, 2018. Do you want to build a better world? Do you have an innovative public service project idea for your community? Your ideas matter! The AEIF competition funds teams of past and current U.S. government ...
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CSD volunteers restore schools to build futures

On January 27, 2018, alumni of U.S. Embassy exchange programs and other volunteer participants in the monthly Community Service Day (CSD) volunteered their time and services in several towns around the DRC. CSD volunteer activities in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi focused on the education sector. In Kinshasa, volunteers restored a school in a economically depressed community ...
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Embassy entrepreneurship mini fair showcases local businesses, builds networks

U.S. exchange program alumni and others gathered on December 22 for an entrepreneurship mini fair at the Muhammad Ali American Corner in Limete, Kinshasa. The fair—which aimed to showcase alumni businesses, build networks, and encourage others to launch businesses—included representatives from 20 local businesses who each presented to the 150-person audience their business model and ...
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Alumni Promote Artistic Appreciation and Social Inclusion of Albinos

On Saturday, October 27, 2017 in Kinshasa, our former Fellows and other Community Service Day (CSD) volunteers joined the Fièrement Ndundu Festival organized by association ‘Plus de Couleurs’ as part of their volunteer activities. Their CSD aimed to promote artistic appreciation and support the social inclusion of Albinos. Other voluntary activities conducted by the community ...
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Alumni preserve Congolese cultural heritage through volunteerism

Exchange alumni in Kinshasa focused their community service day on preserving DRC’s cultural heritage. Alumni, with the help of more than one hundred volunteers, organized a tour for 50 kids aged 7 to 16 at the National Museum in Kinshasa. Alumni guided kids through the museum while they listened to tour guides describe cultural variance ...
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YALI Network in Bukavu rehabs prison and inspires inmates to mark Mandela Day

To celebrate Mandela Day, a group of 30 youth led by Mandela Washington Fellows and YALI East Africa Regional Leadership Center alumni, painted walls and visited 50 inmates at Bukavu prison in South Kivu on July 18, 2017. The volunteers also brought food for the inmates, who were mostly youth aged 12 to 17. The ...
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Mandela Day celebrated in a Football Training Center for Kids in Kinshasa

On July 15, 2017, 4 Mandela Washington Fellowship Alums anticipated their Mandela Day celebration in “Éclat sport Academy” football training center for Kids. Led by Eric Cassinga, Safety health and environment expert, the group of alums from Kinshasa provided first aid techniques to 70 kids aged 5 to 17. The training on  first aid techniques ...
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Fulbright alumnus discusses new book on U.S. culture

On July 20, 2017, Professor Kiangu Sindani, a former Fulbright Visiting Scholar, discussed his new book, Les Cultures Régionales et Ethniques Aux États-Unis, at the UPC American Corner with an audience of 30 Congolese youth from various professional backgrounds. His book explores diversity in the United States and results from his participation in two exchange ...
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Alumni-led Community Service Day at Kintambo’s house of the Aged

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, alumni and volunteers organized an event to clean up the compound, create a vegetable garden, provide healthcare, cook, and provide meals at the Kintambo’s house of the aged. Apart from the work done, they also made an important donation of various products at the same place.
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‘Community Service Day’ Awareness Program at Shaumba Highschool

Shaumba girls’ public school of Kinshasa has decided to incorporate the “community service day” program conceived and led by USG exchange program alums in its educational curriculum. So at the beginning of the international women’s month, US Embassy/Kinshasa and DRC’s alumni association held on March 2, 2017 an official informative ceremony about that monthly volunteer ...
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Community Service Day for environment

On Saturday, February 25, the 2017 second edition of our Community Service Day (CSD) volunteer program was held. From Lubumbashi to Kinshasa, via Ngandajika, Kisangani, Kindu or Mbandaka, several hundred Congolese citizens have performed generous acts and offered free services for the general welfare of their communities or to support disadvantaged groups. Activities included donations ...
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Alumni Meet With Embassy Political Section

On February 8, 2017, Embassy Kinshasa’s Public Affairs Section organized a discussion between members of the embassy’s political section, and alumni of the embassy’s exchange programs.  The discussion focused on the alumni’s work and preoccupations on democracy, elections, good governance, peace, security, conflict resolution, human rights, civic engagement, youth and gender issues. This initiative allows ...
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MOOC Graduation Ceremony

On October 15, Kinshasa mission’s PAO Yolonda Kerney led a MOOC camp graduation. About 110 young professionals graduated and more than 80 percents of them awarded certificates for successful completion of the YALI learn “understood elections and civic responsibility”. In a country where holding fair and timely elections is the biggest challenge, making youth understand ...
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MWF Alumni Mentoring Program for Teenagers

On September 26, 2016, Mandela-Washington Fellowship alumni began a mentoring program with teenagers at Lycée Shaumba High School. The Embassy alumni coordinator matched YALI alumni with four teenagers who have been selected for the next Pan-African Youth Leadership Program for the first mentoring session. The mentoring is scheduled to continue for at least one year.
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2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship For Young African Leaders Application

The 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders application is now open!  Don’t miss your chance to have access to a six-week training course at a top U.S. university in one of three different tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership or Public Management.
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Special Envoy Perriello Holds Discussion With MWF

Special Envoy on the Great Lakes Tom Perriello held an open discussion with Mandela-Washington Fellowship alumni at Embassy Kinshasa on September 14, 2016. SEGL Perriello gave frank, detailed answers on questions about political tensions during the elections lead-up in the DRC, the US government position on the political dialogue, the challenges for democracy in the ...
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