Wheelock College President Spends New Year’s Eve in Burundi
In her latest contribution to the Huffington Post, Wheelock College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott shares the story of her visit to Burundi over New Year’s Eve. Her host was Deogratias Niyizonkiza, founder of Village Health Works, an organization with the mission to provide quality, compassionate healthcare in a dignified environment while treating the social determinants of illness, disease, violence, and neglect in collaboration with those they serve.
I spent New Year’s Eve in Kigutu, Burundi. No Times Square ball dropping to count down to midnight, no fireworks, no television reports showing major cities around the world at the stroke of midnight, and no fancy parties with beautiful people wearing designer gowns and tuxedos, eating amazing delicacies. Instead, we watched and partied with children of all ages, from 6-80, enjoying traditional music, drumming, singing and dance with no special effects only their deep appreciation of each other and of life itself. They looked to 2014 with sincere hope and excitement…
Deogratias Niyizonkiza Speaks at Wheelock College, June 2013