Peninah Ingabire - Class of 2019
Public Health & International Studies
Class of 2019
Peninah Ingabire graduated from Muhlenberg College with a double major in public health and international studies. Currently, Peninah is the Program Coordinator at the Mitzvah Circle Foundation, a group that supports families in crisis. Peninah’s goal is to improve healthcare for orphans and children at risk in Rwanda.
At Muhlenberg, Peninah was the Co-Founder and President of the African Student Organization, and participated in the Peer Health Advocates Program and the Muhlenberg Pediatric Campus Club. She was a Resident Hall Director during her senior year, and was a Student Assistant in the History and Economics Department. During the summer of 2018, Peninah interned at the Health Development Initiative in Rwanda. The summer before that, she interned at the Rwanda Biomedical Center, which is the implementing branch of the Rwandan Ministry of Health. She worked within their Maternal, Child and Community Health division.
Peninah was born in Uganda as a refugee but later returned with her family to be raised in Rwanda after the genocide. Peninah was first in her class almost every semester of high school at Groupe Scolaire Mere Du Verbe and earned a nearly perfect score on the Rwanda National Exam. Peninah served different leadership positions throughout high school such as the Student Body President, and President of the school newspaper and the speech & debate team which she founded. Outside of school, she created an organization that supports orphans in the community surrounding her church.