Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

Feb
21
2017
Roots and Wings

Roots and Wings

  • Tuesday
    February 21, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Lou Radja

'Roots and Wings' is a cross-cultural analysis of life experiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Lou will draw on his experiences growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and now living in America to bring home messages of our interdependence and common humanity. Navigating through the duality of being bi-cultural is an ongoing journey: 'Roots' will focus on history and present situation in Congo and 'Wings' will touch on acclimatizing and embracing the opportunities here in the United States.

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A true social entrepreneur, Lou Radja continues to work tirelessly to improve the lives of many across the globe. A recognized and award winning Motivational Speaker and founder of Lou Radja Enterprises, Mr. Radja’s message of personal growth, leadership, diversity and service inspires audiences to Be More and Give More. As Founder and Executive Director of EduCongo, a U.S. based nonprofit organization; Lou’s energy is devoted to generating awareness and support to provide quality education for over 2,000 underprivileged children in the Congo. Lou is a member and Past President of the Portland Pearl Rotary Club, an active member of the World Affairs Council of Oregon. Lou and his wife Stacy are proud parents of two boys, Yenga and Senda!

Feb
28
2017

Rising Hope Foundation

  • Tuesday
    February 28, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Edidah

Many African children  grow up in circumstances that are hard to survive.  Abject poverty, diseases, illiteracy and a culture that is more often than not hindering especially to a girl child are some of the hurdles one has to survive.

The good news is that a number of young people learn to survive the circumstances and to jump the bridge. One of such success stories is Edidah Mpumwire Tumwebaze.

What does one do to jump the bridge between abject poverty and a decent livelihood?

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Edidah Mpumwire Tumwebaze will return to the club to express her thanks for the club's continued support of the Rising Hope Foundation in Uganda. Thanks to Portland Rotary, 14 poor but exceptional and deserving students are continuing their education. She will share the dramatic impact on these children's lives and inspire us with the great work that is being done by this collaboration of the Rotary Clubs of Portland and Bukoto (Uganda), and the Rising Hope Foundation.