VCU Officials’ Bios

URF- Virginia Commonwealth University Chapter

Below you will find short bios of the VCU Chapter Executive Board

Eden Haile, President

My name is Eden Haile, I am a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University with a General Science major, Chemistry minor and Pre-Medicine concentration. I have never wanted to be rich, famous or known; my passion has always been to somehow, someway make a difference. I never knew what I had to do or where to start. Uganda Rural Fund was the first non-profit organization to ever reach out to me and show me that even as just a student, I can make an impact. What I want to do here at VCU is to plan, create and execute sustainable opportunities for the people in Uganda so that we can help them help themselves. Muhammad Ali said it best “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” The students at VCU are committed to providing their services to enhance the lives of the people living in the rural communities of Uganda.

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Heaven Berhane, Vice President

Hello, my name is Heaven Berhane; I’m 21 years old, a senior, Psychology major and African American Studies minor. I joined the URF team because I believe in their mission that in order for countries to maintain economic growth and stability there needs to be a creation of sustainable developments. I hope to see URF thrive and become a global initiative that other countries adopt. I would like Virginia Commonwealth University, to be the model chapter that sparks the creation of other chapters on different campus’s in Virginia and on a national level as well.

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Mollie Kamerow, Events Coordinator

Hello my name is Mollie Kamerow, I’m an Exercise Science major here at VCU and I joined URF because I am very passionate about volunteering. When I found out about Uganda Rural Fund, I felt that I could do my part by help creating a chapter at VCU. I want to spread the values of URF to other people and encourage them to support this cause. Not a lot of people are educated on what is happening in Uganda and as a chapter we will make it one of our goals to educate VCU and the local community.

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AdeWale Adebayo-Dada, Treasurer

Hi, my name is AdeWale Adebayo-Dada, I’m an Accounting major at Virginia Commonwealth. I joined URF because I want to help make a difference. Growing up in Nigeria I witnessed firsthand what it is like to not have a lot and I believe it is my duty to help others in that situation and URF is GREAT start.

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Yusra Elrayah, Public Relations Coordinator

Hello, my name is Yusra Elrayah, I’m a Biology Major and Pre-Med concentration. I was born in Sudan and moved to America when I was about 11 years old. My purpose in life is to help others and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. My life’s dream is to become a Doctor and travel around the world to help third world countries; if I can do that for the rest of my life then I’m complete. It’s not about the money; it’s about the smile on people’s faces. I Joined URF because it is an organization comprised of helping people and making a difference, which is exactly what I want to do with my life. I can relate to the mission of the organization and the people of Uganda because I was born in a country that has similar issues and life obstacles and I understand the meaning of not having much and learning to appreciate every little thing life offers you. My goal is to help expand the organization and raise awareness and with the will of God and help of others help Uganda stand up on its own. One person can make a difference a group of people can change the world!

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Aaron Brown, Fundraising Coordinator

My name is Aaron Brown; I’m a Mathematics Major with Pre-Medicine as my concentration. I am currently a senior here at Virginia Commonwealth University from Chesapeake, VA. My passion to join URF came from my personal experiences in poverty. I have always spoken about how by me going to college, I can make a better life for those back home. After hearing how many others outside of the United States, in places like Uganda, I felt compelled to help. Their struggles were much worse than struggles we experience where I come from and it really touched me to want to help them and make a difference today.

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