Joseph Lyons was born and raised in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Currently, he is a senior at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, with majors in English and History, and a minor in Political Science. His areas of historical interest are Africa and the Middle East. His internship with Africa Faith and Justice Network is an exciting opportunity to learn more about the people and politics of Africa, as well as what can be done to help the people of this great and rich continent create sustainable, political, economic and social change. He is in Washington DC this summer through American University’s Summer Internship Program.
Nicole Ngambwa is currently a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. In 2009, she went to Kigali, Rwanda where she volunteered for Mbwirandumva Girls’ orphanage teaching English and French. In 2013 she worked as a mentor for America Reads America Counts’ Partners in Print program, where she provided bilingual literacy workshops to elementary school children and their parents for whom English was a second language. She also served as a volunteer on a university sponsored trip (through the Alternative Breaks Program) to Nashville, TN, which focused on immigrant and refugee resettlement. She is of Congolese-American descent. Her love for Congo and Africa as a whole has inspired her to work towards justice for people in Africa and elsewhere in the world.