SCED Grad Geraldine Kirega Receives Community Leadership Award

Friday, August 21, 2009
School of Community Economic Development

School of Community Economic Development Alumna, Geraldine Kirega was presented the Ujima Collective's Community Leadership Award at the Second Annual Community Leadership Dinner August 11, 2009 in Manchester, NH. This year's awards theme was "Addressing Disparities." As director of the Women for Women Coalition, Kirega is a pioneer in this area as her work contributes directly to equity, fairness and justice.

The Women for Women Coalition provides a linguistically and culturally appropriate afterschool tutoring program for African refugee children. Students receive small group and individual tutoring, and homework help based on school assignments and curriculum.

Kirega is a native of Tanzania and holds a Master’s degree in Community Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Dar es Salaam. She is an experienced classroom teacher and has taught in Africa and the United states. She is fluent in English, Swahili, and Kirundi/Kinyarwanda. 

While the Community Leadership Award does not come with a monetary prize or a huge trophy, it includes the respect and admiration of the awardees' colleagues and community members. This exchange and acknowledgement of social capital serves as the building blocks of a strong and vibrant community.

The Ujima Collective is a pan-African, anti-racist, social capitalist community group organized exclusively for the charitable purposes of providing social, cultural and health educational opportunities to Manchester-area communities of African descent and the residents of New Hampshire.

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