Hello new and returning Queen’s students! Welcome to the first official blog post of the Nyantende Foundation. As two new members of the foundation and the very first co-bloggers for Nyantende, this post will introduce you to both of the above!
My name is Maggie Tadros and I am a co-blogger along with Heather Donkers. I am a fourth year Queen's student completing a medial in English Literature and Gender Studies. I’m very excited and happy to let you all know about the organization, and about what we have planned over the next little while.
Hi everyone, I’m Heather Donkers! I am a third year student majoring in Global Development, minoring in Sociology, and taking the Sexual and Gender Diversity Certificate. I am also a don in residence this year! I am passionate about educational development, and have helped to build a school with my own two hands in Bolivia. It really opened my eyes to the reality of how important an education is, and I am excited to empower students to help other students. To echo Maggie, I am thrilled to be involved with this grassroots organization, and to introduce you to our plans for the near future.
Our blog posts this year will consist mainly of telling the stories of Congolese youth and informing you on what you can do to get involved. We hope to provide a realistic, accessible channel for Queen's students to gain information and insight on Congolese, Central/Sub-Saharan, or deeper, Pan-African issues.
Now, to the fun stuff! On Tuesday, September 9th, we will be at the Queen’s Centre for the Tricolour Open House. Tons of Queen’s clubs will be featured there but be sure to stop by our booth to see us in action and learn a little more about how to get involved! We will be hiring a couple of first-year interns, so feel free to ask us about that or just say hello. We would love to meet you!
Maggie and Heather