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Clementine Bihiga was only 8 years old when her family escaped from war-torn Rwanda. As her mother and youngest siblings piled into a car, she and her brothers had to walk beside the packed vehicle while bombs exploded beside them and bullets shot past their heads.
She spent the next 5 years in refugee camps and settlements.Clementine had to grow up quickly and become an adult-like 8-year-old. It is no surprise that at the age of 33, she has accomplished more than many at her age.
In 1999, she and her family were admitted to the USA where Clementine faced challenges of a different sort. Because of her past, many saw her as “different” and she was bullied in high school. Where others would have quit and been scared away, she instead used it as motivation.
While in college, she started AFRIKA Club and held positions in several leadership organizations. She interned at the New York State Attorney General’s office, began her speaking journey and was able to travel the nation including doing work with the United Nations as an Agent of Change.
Later in life, Clementine once again encountered tragedy when she lost her daughter. Turning pain into purpose, she founded the Clarette Refugee fund which provides education to youth refugees.
Clementine has always used her past experiences as motivation and inspiration to keep her going through difficult times. Although she has lived through horrific events, she is resilient, charming, and features an addicting personality.
Dawn is the founder of Desire to Inspire Foundation, an international philanthropic organization that provides children around the world with a mother's love and care while helping them find and use their own special gifts and talents. Deborah operates Brave Maven Press, a boutique publishing firm that helps authorpreneurs start or finish their legacy books.