Public Health & International Studies
Class of 2019
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. Peninah is a senior at Muhlenberg College with a double major in public health and international studies and is involved in different organizations on campus such as Black student association and International student association. She is also involved in the community around campus through Habitat for Humanity and Community Bike Works, a nonprofit where she interned in the summer and developed a curriculum for the youth literacy programs. In the summer 2017, Peninah interned with 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 hopes to focus on children’s health care in the future. Her goal is to work to improve healthcare for orphans or children at risk in Rwanda.