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Success Story from Rwanda: Peace Ruzage Assists Vulnerable Women

  Peace Ruzage was born in Rwanda in 1954. With her family, she fled to Kenya, where she was a refugee for more than 44 years. In 1994, she returned to Rwanda to assist her country in the aftermath of the genocide. She settled in Gisozi, a suburb of Kigali, where she opened up her […]

Success Story from Ghana: Dr. Boachie-Adjei’s Orthopedic Hospital

Oheneba Boachie-Adjei was born in Kumasi, Ghana in 1950. Oheneba fell gravely ill when he was only six years old. He was cured by a locally-born, Western-trained physician and vowed that he too would dedicate his life to saving others. He emigrated from Ghana to the USA in the early 1970s as a 21-year old […]

Success Story from Nigeria: Dr. Seyi Oyesola’s “Hospital in a Box”

Seyi Oyesola was born in Nigeria, but spent much of his childhood growing up in Cleveland, Ohio in the USA. After graduating from high school in 1975, Mr. Oyesola returned to Nigeria and obtained his Bachelors of Science Degree and, in 1986, his Medical Degree from the University of Lagos. In Nigeria Mr. Oyesola was […]

Success Story from Sudan: Dr. Donald Hopkins’ Guinea Worm Disease Eradication Efforts

Donald Hopkins was born in 1941 in Miami, Florida in the USA. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Morehouse College, a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Chicago. In 1980, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) near Atlanta, Georgia in the USA began […]

Success Story from the DRC: Dr. Corneille Ewango’s Conservation Initiatives

Corneille E.N. Ewango grew up in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). From the age of 14 he was collecting elephant tusks and meat poached by family members. By the age of 17, Mr. Ewango also was a poacher as a means to fund his studies. He wanted to become a medical doctor […]

Success Story from Burundi: “Maggy” Barankitse Helps Orphaned Children

Story UPDATED in December 2015. Marguerite Barankitse, better known as Maggy, was born in Ruyigi, Burundi. She lost her father at a very young age and grew up with her mother, brother, and in the close company of her grandparents and uncles. Her mother adopted eight children, demonstrating the importance of loving one’s neighbors and […]

Success Story from Mozambique: Graça Machel’s Support for Women and Children

Graça Simbine Machel was born in 1945, the youngest in a family with six children, in what is today Mozambique. Her father, a Methodist minister died three weeks before she was born. Ms. Machel attended mission schools before a church-based scholarship in 1968 enabled her to study at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. While […]