Miss Africa Denmark to support NUR students

Selam Mahdi, the 2009 Miss Africa Denmark has hailed the working programmes of the National University of Rwanda’s (NUR’s) Medical Students Mental Health Association (MMHA).She pledged greater modes of support during her one-year reign.
Miss Africa Denmark 2009, Selam Mahdi
Miss Africa Denmark 2009, Selam Mahdi

 

Mahdi, made the promise after she was crowned at a ceremony held on June 6 in Store Vega, the main music venue in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“The activities of MMHA make me proud of being an African. Through these activities my fellow brothers and sisters in Rwanda are empowered.

This accords them a chance to become productive members of their society,” she said at the 4th edition of the annual event.

Miss Africa Denmark is not a traditional model- or beauty contest. There are no physical requirements to the participants. Miss Africa Denmark focuses instead on the power, ideas and skills of young african women living in Denmark.

According to our sources ,the holder of the title  is made an ambassador of diversity and a positive role model within Africa. She is expected to help the Danish to  acquire more  knowledge about  Africa. She is thus expected to be a bridge between the  Danish and African culture.

Our sources further add that MMHA has a long-time partnership with the Mental Health Rwanda programme of the University of Copenhagen- which helps to raise funds

 across Denmark meant to help improve mental health in Rwanda. “As an Eritrean of Sudanese origin, I closely identify with the larger cause as undertaken by MMHA,” said Mahdi after the fundraising drive that followed her crowning.

She further added, “my people the Sudanese within Darfur are also going through similar incidences that people of Rwanda went through in 1994.”

This year’s proceeds equivalent to Rwf 6million will be donated to the NUR’s MMHA.

“The event was a great experience for us, it was a rewarding moment for our two years of hard work,” said Emmanuel Musoni, the Founding President of the MMHA.

Musoni revealed that the association is expecting to host the current Miss Africa Denmark in Rwanda to further strengthen the partnership.

MMHA has already donated over Rwf 2.5 million to fund small income generating projects for over 200 Genocide orphans living in child headed homes in Matyazo, Tumba and Huye.

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