Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

IRSC member Tendayi Bwititi

Tendayi Bwititi is an Immigrant and Refugee Service Corps Member who is hosted at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. He works with the Faith Health Initiative, where he involved in scheduling regular team meetings, sending out reminders; creating agendas; and, tracking intervention plans.

Q: Tell us about yourself. 

Tendayi says:

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I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. My father (now late) and mother are devout Catholics.  I am married to Fatima and we have two sons. The older one is practicing as a Medical Doctor, the younger one is an Architect.

I did my primary education at government and Catholic mission schools, then went to an Anglican mission school in Zimbabwe for my secondary education. Fatima did accounting and I did Biochemistry at Salford University, in England. I hope to complete a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program next year. I have held supervisory and managerial positions in healthcare services before I joined Immigrant and Refugee Service Corps  (AmeriCorps) in September, 2015.

My family has lived in the US for fourteen years. I love football (what Americans call “soccer”) and shrimp is my favorite food.

Q: Why did you join AmeriCorps?

Tendayi says:

I joined AmeriCorps to enhance my cultural competency: that’s important as I will soon be completing my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree program. Immigrants and refugees are vulnerable to psychological distress due to uprooting and adjustment challenges due to language, occupational problems, and cultural conflict. Such uprooting creates culture shock as stress response to a new environment in which former patterns of behavior are ineffective and basic cues for social intercourse are absent. They therefore need assistance in managing the impact of their uprooting: IRSC membership and working at CIC allow me provide such services. I hope to serve such populations after my graduation.

Q: Why do you care about Interfaith?

I believe interfaith supports accomplishment of consciousness, awareness and skills necessary for communication, interaction, negotiation and intervention for the benefit and support of individuals from diverse backgrounds, and from an organizational or community point of view, effectively encourages theories, practices, policies and organizational configurations that are more accessible to all groups.

Favorite Quote (sacred text, story, poem, other):

Jeremiah 29:11-13

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”

 

 


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