Co-founder of the Panzi Foundation USA & Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at PSU Altoona
If you couldn't join us last week, that's a shame.
We were extemely fortunate to have Dr. Lee Ann De Reus as a guest at our general body meeting. Dr. De Reus is a scholar-activist, maintaining a blog as she travels regularly to Panzi Hospital in eastern DR Congo to conduct research, develop programs for rape survivors, and inform her advocacy work in the U.S. She co-leads annual field experiences for PSU students to Rwanda and Mozambique. Dr. De Reus is a 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow and the recipient of numerous awards from Penn State University in recognition of exemplary teaching and in honor of her commitment to global service and outreach.
She spoke about the Panzi Foundation, which she co-founded with Dr. Denis Mukwege, the head surgeon and gynecologist of Panzi hospital and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize seven times- no big deal. The foundation supports the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
It recognized for its efforts to end the stigma associated with women suffering from sexual abuse, assault, and rape. The foundation as been recognized by numerous entities including the New York Times.
Click here to read more about Dr. Mukwege's countless recognitions and achievements.
Dr. De Reus' daughter, Arianna, also attended the meeting. She is no longer an active member of Global Brigades, however she was during her time in college. Like her mother, Arianna strives to make big changes but in regards to national security. Since she was 10 years old, De Reus has been volunteering in developing countries, where she has seen how poverty affects national security. She has been accepted to intern with the National Defense University soon- congrats Arianna!
Because I can only attempt to lay out everything that this dynamic duo is up to, you should check out Dr. De Reus' TEDxPSU talk, Daring to Make a Difference for Congo.
We look forward to having more incredible guest speakers this year!