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Winter Happening 2015 highlights Nibakure Children’s Village in Rwanda - Saturday, January 31st, 2015, 11 AM
Professor Dianne Portfleet and Hope students Natalie Polanco ’16, Brooke Wolthuis ’15, and Anysie Ishimwe ’16 led a seminar on BeHope: Nibakure Children's Village in Rwanda as part of Winter Happening. The seminar took place at Haworth Inn & Conference Center, 225 College Ave, Holland, MI 49423.
BeHope is a student-led initiative that directs Hope's engagement with Nibakure Children's Village (NCV), an orphanage in Nyamata, Rwanda. Housed in the Office of the Dean for International and Multicultural Education, BeHope embodies the College's commitment to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society. It seeks to empower orphans and widows in Rwanda while providing Hope students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to live, study, work, and learn in a vibrant developing country like Rwanda.
BeHope facilitates trips to Rwanda, partners with the Hope-Geneva Bookstore to raise funds for the village through a bi-annual book drive, and provides key logistical support for an array of projects at the village such as the installation of an orchard and two greenhouses.
Nibakure Children's Village operates from the deeply held conviction that the orphans of Nyamata, like all children, need nurturing and love. It is for this reason that NCV purposely selected as its mission the Kinyarwandan word "Nibakure" which in English means "Let them grow, give them hope". Nibakure Children's Village cares for 19 orphaned children while also supporting the education of 11 children in the local community.
Dr. Dianne Portfleet, associate professor of English, has been at Hope since 1988. This past year she led a student trip to Rwanda and Nibakure. She and Daniel Owens '13, will return with more students for a May Term course this spring.
Winter Happening featured multiple seminars in two blocks in the morning, a special luncheon program and a home men’s basketball game with Trine College. Open to the general public, the event was sponsored by the college’s Public Affairs and Marketing division.