Muzabel Welongo is a Congolese citizen living in exile in Kenya since 2010. Having spent the last 21 years living as a refugee in his country the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and now in Kenya, Muzabel completed his primary and secondary education in exile. In 2014, he completed an online Diploma in Liberal Studies from Regis University (Colorado), offered through Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL). Muzabel recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, minoring in Political Science at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), in Nairobi. With the ability to speak English, French and Swahili, Muzabel has a strong interest in being an international social change actor, focusing his career on enabling refugees and other displaced people to become self-sustaining individuals and communities everywhere in the world. Muzabel is the Founder and Executive Director of Solidarity & Advocacy with Vulnerable Individuals in Crisis (SAVIC), a refugee-run NGO he founded in 2010 to promote education, economic independence and reproductive health among young people in the Kakuma Refugee Camp. Since 2012, his organization SAVIC has been able to provide functional literacy, communicative English lessons, and vocational skills to more than 3,000 refugees, as well as provided information on sexual and reproductive health to more than 8,000 adolescents girls and boys in Kakuma. His work among refugees has been instrumental in promoting education for all, while helping create greater spaces for integration of girls in education, promoting socio-economic self-reliance and reducing unintended pregnancies among young women.
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