Empower Participant launches non-profit organization for Congolese refugees
Northampton, MA – News Direct – GoDaddy
With a passion for social justice and a degree in economics and finance, George Dakonsa began his career in Congo as a case manager in social services, working to connect community members to the resources needed to improve their lives.
At the start of the Second Congo War, George fled to the United States, eventually landing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Immersion in a new country was not easy for George as he quickly encountered the hardships faced by so many refugees and immigrants. With his passion to help others, the challenges of learning a new language, discovering unfamiliar cultures and determining a path forward inspired him to create his own non-profit organization to enhance the experience of immersion for others like him. All he needed was a business plan and a vision.
After discussing this idea with a close friend, George was introduced to the Empower by GoDaddy program where he attended eight weeks of classes, began building his business plan, met peer entrepreneurs, and built networks. Support.
By participating in the program, George acquired the tools and expertise to launch House Kinyange, a nonprofit organization designed to support Congolese refugees by providing them with the tools, social services and resources needed to help them make a successful transition to America. Kinyange means “welcome forever” and that is exactly what George strives to do. With five volunteers by his side, he learns about the specific needs of immigrants and refugees and offers tailor-made services free of charge.
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