We started up International Community Dynamics with three people:
Norbert Nkengurutse, chairperson.
Norbert is an electro-mechanic engineer from Burundi, East-Africa.
Norbert worked as a producer for a Christian radio, Ijwi ry’Amahoro. This radio station’s mission was to promote peace and reconciliation after the inter-social and ethnic crisis in Burundi between 1993 and 2005.
Norbert joined the scouts movement at the age of seven and grew up in the scouts, passing through every level of responsibility from the bottom to the top of the national organisation, when he became the Executive Coordinator of the Burundian scouts movement. As the national coordinator, Norbert developed and managed community projects financed by the European Union, Unicef, CCFD ( Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development) and Eccomi, as well as the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.
Norbert is committed to promoting children’s rights, and the respect for human rights in general, the protection of the environment, the moral and material support of victims of war and natural disasters and the support of people in disadvantaged areas or communities.
Albert Hakizimana, treasurer.
Albert moved to Dublin, Ireland from Bujumbura in Burundi in December 2007. He studied Economics and Finance and attended Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Dublin, where he studied International development. He worked as a volunteer for SVP and is currently working for United Parcel Service (UPS). Passionate about helping communities, especially the vulnerable, Albert offers translating and interpreting services in different languages to refugees in Dublin. He is a member of Dun Laoghaire Refugees Project for Integration.
Together with the Burundian family Albert has joined in Ireland, he promotes Burundian culture, especially the amazing Burundian drummer shows.
His ultimate goal is to promote positive community development and economic growth in his surroundings and his home country.
Albert is married and father of a young boy.
Roos Demol, General secretary.
Roos is a Belgian Flemish woman. She has been living in Ireland since 1998. She is a mother of four children and lives in South-West Cork. Roos is an independent human rights activist. and intercultural facilitator.
She always had a keen interest in working with people in difficult circumstances. Working as a nurse in a prison hospital in Brussels has shaped Roos’ view of the world.
In Ireland, she joined Irish Radio International where she produced and presented The New Rebels, a program for and by migrants, and Sounds and Places, a world music program. She is a blogger and podcaster (Migrants In Ireland). and has always supported the actions and protests to end Direct Provision, the system in Ireland that sees asylum seekers stuck for years in a dehumanising system, while waiting for their cases to be processed, without the right to work and with as little as 21€ allowance per week.
Roos has also worked with the local Bandon Community Development and Family Support Centre, creating podcast making workshops for teenagers from disadvantaged areas. She has a passion for human rights, has organised the Black Lives Matter support rally in Cork and is often seen supplying clothes, books and toys for people in direct provision centres.
A keen organiser, she has organised fundraising events for local schools, created Classics in The Countryside concerts and raised funds for orphans in Kinshasa.