Kelvine Muhire Ngerero
Kelvine Muhire Ngerero, the 2011-2012 Romeo Dallaire Scholarship recipient, is a graduate of Kigali Independent University. In 2009 she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.
Kelvine describes herself as a passionate human rights activist. As a volunteer with the Rwanda Commission on Human Rights, she facilitated seminars and workshops throughout the country. She also participated in Ministry of Health programs conducting research involving youth and sex workers. Her focus was on investigating how human rights abuses affect behavior and make victims vulnerable to deadly diseases like HIV/Aids.
In her scholarship application, Kelvine stated “When I return to Rwanda I will continue the advocacy for human rights. I feel I will be more energized given the exposure, international contacts and English language competence which will be acquired. I intend to enroll for a Masters Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, majoring in Gender and Health and thus assisting my country and the East African community.”
Update, October 2012: This is just to let you know that I’ve started my MA in Genocide Studies. I received a scholarship, and the program will take two years: one year in class and another year of research. My first class was about research, and it was just what I learned at L&C. The English skills I acquired will help me to complete my studies. Since my L&C’s experience I’m getting many opportunities in my life which will help me to contribute to build my country.
Update, May, 2013: I’m happy to let you know that I’ve been selected as a GHC fellow for the position of Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator at the Rwandan Ministry of Health. This will be a good opportunity for me to assist my country with my experience in health issues.
Editor’s note: The Global Health Corps notified Kelvine that “this year’s application pool was highly competitive, with over 9100 applications for 108 positions. Being selected for one of these positions is an incredible accomplishment!”
Update, August 2013: Following two weeks of training at Yale University, Kelvine joined other Fellows who met with President Clinton and his daughter Chelsea when they recently visited the Starskey Hearing Foundation in Kigali, Rwanda. Kelvine writes “Being a GHC Fellow is a great privilege… I want to emphasize the fact that my L&C experience has been a key to what is happening in my life now. Thank you for the skills you are giving us. For sure, you are helping us to help our country, but also to give a sense of our future.”
Update, September 2015: Kelvine has joined her fiance in Nashville TN.