Two graduate students at Yale University have received a fellowship from Echoing Green, a New York City-based nonprofit philanthropic organization founded by the partners of General Atlantic, a private equity firm. The fellowship will enable the students to launch the Tujenge Africa Foundation in the nation of Burundi.
Wendell Adjetey is a native of Ghana and grew up in Canada. He is a doctoral student in history and African American studies at Yale. Etienne Mashuli is a native of Rwanda, who came to the United States in 2007 to attend North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. He is a master’s degree student in African studies at Yale.
The two scholars will be given seed money to establish the foundation as well as the first English-language preparatory school and library in Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi. In addition to start-up funds, Adjetey and Mashuli will be mentored and have access to leadership development, networking, and technical resources. They will also receive a health insurance stipend.