After working for State Street Bank and IBM, Mike took an early retirement and went to Rwanda to help build a school. While there he met the former headmaster of the Byimana School, Brother Stratton, and decided he wanted to help the school develop. For the last 10 years Mike and his wife have been working with the Biymana School, outside of Kigali, working to provide resources and money to help build labs and provide scholarships for Rwandan students.
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The school was founded in 1952 and opened its doors to women in 1983. It was the first secondary school to provide a path for women into professional and leadership positions in the sciences. Through the rigorous programs at the school, students are able to earn scholarships to universities both in Rwanda and the United States.