Sunday, April 20, 2014
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African students visit as part of college tour

GLADWYNE About 7,000 miles separate the Rwandan capital of Kigali from the Main Line. But once a year for the last four years, two students from a women's college in that central African nation have made the trip here to raise money for their school and talk with supporters in the Philadelphia region.

Cecile Musanase, 22, and Julian Kankunda, 25, were at the Agnes Irwin School in Bryn Mawr and a fund-raiser at Gladwyne's Philadelphia Country Club on Thursday to meet with adults and young people who have embraced their school, the Akilah Institute for Women.

The institute, according to its website, "offers a unique model of market-relevant education empowering graduates for success in careers and leadership roles."

At Agnes Irwin, an all-girls school, Musanase and Kankunda met with a student club that helps raise money for Akilah and with other students.

The evening event at the Philadelphia Country Club was sponsored by Derek and Wendy Pew, who have visited the school in Kigali.

- Carolyn Davis

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