Brick Project Founder
Rutendo is originally from Harare, Zimbabwe and is currently studying for a Masters in International Human Rights Law at Lund University, Sweden. Prior to this, Rutendo spent five years at Rhodes University, South Africa, studying for both a Social Sciences and a Law degree. During her studies she worked for the Rhodes University’s Community Engagement office as a student liaison officer. In her own words:
I earnestly have a passion to serve people, especially children who may not have developed the capacities to help themselves.
In Sweden, she has been actively volunteering at both Save the Children Gotland and Save the Children Lund. Rutendo is also a project leader for the Kids in Transit Project in Lund. In addition to being fluent in both English and Shona, Rutendo has a working knowledge of French, Afrikaans and Ndebele.
While at McGill University, she was President of the Salsa Dancing Club (Salseros Mcgill), and was a volunteer in the music therapy program at a local hospital.
She is currently a seventh grade teacher at a French Immersion school in Toronto, Ontario. Her passions include building literacy in the maths and sciences, the arts, and promoting the French culture and language.
Hanaa believes that student development is as much about personal growth as it is academic.
At the school where she currently teaches, she is a member of the choir team and a soccer coach. These clubs act as an outlet for students to manage stress, develop a skill they never knew they possessed, and harness a sense of community with those who share a common interest.
Rachel is pursuing her undergraduate degree in International Affairs and Anthropology with a minor in Political Science at Northeastern University.
Currently she is working a six month co-op for a city councilor at Boston City Hall. Previously, she worked for Boston University’s African Presidential Center.
Hailing from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Rachel had the pleasure and honor of being a part of The Brick Project in its early stages. The middle school she attended, Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, served as one of 4 pioneering Brick schools. The other three connecting schools were located in India, Lithuania and Zimbabwe.
Contributing to Brick Project 2016 is a way to communicate with a diverse and inspiring network of individuals, as well as an avenue through which Rachel hopes to focus her interests in international humanitarian work and poverty alleviation.
Sharon Adongo grew up in Nairobi, Kenya and is a senior at Vassar College majoring in Science, Technology and Society with a correlate in Computer Science.
She is interested in development and her passion is in applications of technology for social justice and economic empowerment. This passion was fueled after spending the summer of 2013 interning for a non-profit in San Francisco that crowd funds for underprivileged women’s surgeries.
On campus, Sharon is involved with several student groups including an entrepreneurship organization, African Students Union and sits on the executive board of the International Students Association.
She has also been a member of Akili Dada’s advisory council for 3 years.
Sharon enjoys reading, biking, cooking and learning about new cultures.
Contributing to The Brick Project site is her way of exploring the various ways education and technology intersect to create empowered and connected communities.
During his undergraduate studies, Suhail spent a semester in Chile and fell in love with South America. In 2011, he returned on a Start-Up Chile grant, managing operations for a team trying to build a low cost solar water heater.
Suhail’s experience in education and youth development spans roles as an admissions counselor for Saint Mary’s College of California, a student life coordinator at a language immersion program in Costa Rica, and as a co-leader of a mindfulness intervention at a juvenile detention center in Southern California.
Annie McLeod graduated from the University of Utah with a Major in International Affairs and a Minor in Spanish.
Annie pursued her interest in Spanish education, culture and economics in Santiago, Chile and Oviedo, Spain. In addition to education, Annie is dedicated to serving the local and global communities in which she lives as a world citizen.
From volunteering for Create Common Good, an experiential job training program for refugees, to being a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, to helping fellow Chilean students build a modest school house, Annie has cultivated an interest in the health and well-being of children and youth worldwide.
Frances Uku has a BSc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and is a recent graduate of Harvard University’s A.R.T. Institute, from which she received an MFA in Acting. At Harvard, she studied with one of the founding members of The Brick Project, Jeremy Geidt, featured in Teacher Thoughts.
She speaks Yoruba (Niger-Congo language of Africa), Russian, French and English.
Frances studied at The Moscow Art Theatre School, Atlantic Theater School and The Second City Conservatory in Los Angeles. Directors with whom she has worked recently include: Ethan Hawke, Brett C. Leonard of LAByrinth Theater Company, two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, Emmy & Golden Globe winner Debbie Allen.