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Martin Ndayisenga

Community-based Research Specialist

Interpreter

Photo: Martin Ndayisenga
Email:  mndayis1@unm.edu
Phone:  505-277-0369

Biography:

Martin Ndayisenga has a B.S.W., serves as the refugee delegate for New Mexico to the United Nations Refugee Congress, He is secretary for the Association of Burundian Americans and is a research assistant/interpreter with RWP (after his family participated in the RWP in 2007-2008). He came to the U.S. as a refugee in 2007 and is originally from Burundi. He is fluent in Kirundi/Kinyarwanda, Swahili, French and English. Martin also served as the African Refugee Mentor with the Refugee Mentoring Project.

What Our Participants Are Saying

“In the beginning, I had no idea what a refugee was... I know now that they’re forced to flee… they don’t just flee because they want to… after working with them, I don’t really consider them refugees because I feel like that term makes people feel sorry for them more, feel sympathetic towards them when—I mean, they’re probably some of the most hardworking people I’ve ever met.”

-  UNM Student-Advocate

Contact RWP

Coordinator: Martin Ndayisenga

Phone: (505) 277-0369

Email: mndayis1@unm.edu


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