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There was a time not so long ago when Andy Mulumba would have felt very uncomfortable putting on a suit and telling his story to an auditorium filled with strangers.
Six years earlier, the Green Bay Packers outside linebacker had left Montreal — knowing very little English — to accept a football scholarship at Eastern Michigan University.
But here he was, in front of a sea of West Bend high school students, thanking them for raising $10,000 on behalf of RAISE Hope for Congo. The money will be used to build shelters in his native country to treat women for injuries sustained because of war or rape.
“It’s a growing process,” Mulumba said about speaking engagements. “But if you can talk and help people out, why not do it? If you know it’s going to touch someone, I’ll do it.”
Photo credit: Laura Yin, Raise Hope for Congo