OSKALOOSA — The members of the OskIowa Chapter of People to People got to meet and have lunch with several William Penn University international students Saturday and learn about their homeland.
Six Rwandan students joined the group for lunch at William Penn Saturday and shared a little about their experiences as they go to college about a half a world away from home.
The purpose of People to People is “to promote interaction and understanding on a one-to-one basis,” OskIowa Chapter President Pat Ancell said. President Dwight D. Eisenhower started People to People as a way to foster world peace. If more people know each other personally, their governments are less likely to go to war against each other, she added.
The local People to People chapter meets every other month between September and May, Ancell said.
After lunch, students and chapter members stood up and introduced themselves to the group.
Christian Uwimana is a sophomore who is studying information technology and business management.
“I don’t play any sports here and the weather is horrible,” he said.
Eric Nkuriza is studying industrial technology and applied mathematics.
“I used to play soccer here,” he said.
Ariane Imulinde Sugi is a pre-medicine major.
“I am enjoying the weather here,” she said. “People are so nice here.”
Esther Cecilia Lwakabamba is a sophomore pre-law major. She also is the president of the William Penn University One World Club.
“I love to talk,” she said.
“I like Iowa,” she said. “It’s a real nice place. I love meeting people from different places.”
Lwakabamba said she is not the only member of her family who has attended college in Iowa. She has three siblings who also attended college in the state.
Clarisse Mucyo is a freshman who is studying biology.