Since that day, I’ve learned more about Chadia and her passion. She was born into civil war in Burundi. During her mother’s pregnancy, her father served in the military. Because of this, they lived in the middle of the conflict. While growing up, the sound of bombs and gunshots became “normal”. Her father was shot, but survived. It was life as she knew it. Later, her parents both passed away from medical illnesses within two months of each other, when she was 11 years old. She was the oldest of four children, and her extended family cared for her. She told me that she learned about compassion from her mother, which has ignited her desire to help women and children in areas where education and basic rights are deficient.
When she was a teenager, because she was a stellar student, she was offered a scholarship to a highly regarded institution. It was there, that she began to volunteer in the community and later completed an internship where she worked with children to encourage them and provide for them supplies, to go to school. She shared with me just recently that every one of the children she worked with had proceeded to get their education – a significant achievement that she is very proud of.
The College of Idaho recruited Chadia, which then led her on the next phase of her journey, bringing her to the United States. I feel that Rotary can make possible for Chadia, the opportunity to pursue her passion to help women and children in areas of conflict. She knows first hand the devastation war brings to communities and families, and she’s passionate about finding a career and an outlet that will allow her to help and support others, in the way she has been, during difficult times. Sometimes you meet people, and you just know they’re going to be a great Rotarian. I feel that way about Chadia.
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14th Annual Chuck Smith Rotary Golf Tournament
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June 9, 2017
Country View Golf Course
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