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Charles Bahati Bitakwate to Discuss Sustainability in East Africa at Wilkes University Lecture on March 19

Charles Bahati Bitakwate will speak on a sustainable vision for rural east Africa in a lecture at Wilkes University from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, March 19. The lecture is in Breiseth Hall, Room 209. Bitakwate is the director of MAVUNO, a nonprofit organization has several initiatives to end extreme poverty. Much of his work centers on water, development, providing education, and community health.

Bitakwate is a development specialist with 24 years of experience in rural East Africa, primarily Tanzania. MAVUNO organizes communities and builds businesses at the grassroots level. His work with MAVUNO involves business plan design and administration. Recently, he has been working with groups of small-scale farmers, women and children, addressing the needs of individuals and communities in line with government policies, goals and commitments.

His projects include water tank construction, water supply construction, education and support for sustainable agriculture, biogas development, sustainable development and construction of a school to support education for young women.

Bitakwate has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is obtaining his master’s in project sustainability design at Open University in Uganda. Earlier in his career, he was an information assistant officer for the United Nations High Commissions for Refugees, a United Nations program with the mandate to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people, and assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third world county. He also worked as a food monitoring assistant officer with CARE International, an international humanitarian agency that delivers emergency relief and long-term international development projects.