Angelica Ruppe

Year Joined MKLM: 2017
Country: Tanzania
City: Musoma
Focus: Education 
Project(s): Rosemiriam Dagg Center and St. Justin Center
People Served: Young women and children with disabilities or at risk

Project Goals:

Current Ministry:
I work with the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa, a congregation formed by Maryknoll many years ago. Mostly I work with young women who have disabilities or are at risk. Rosemiriam Dagg Center is a vocational center teaching these women skills to help them to be self-sufficient. It truly has been an honor to be part of the center and to work with the students. We are in the process of building two more classrooms and excited to provide additional training for the students in skills such as baking and cake decorating.

I also work with St. Justin Center, which is a homestay for students with disabilities, where I do crafts with them. One of the things that I enjoy the most is to walk in the afternoons carrying books and school supplies to sit with the kids on the street to read, color, play and have fun. There are so many kids around the area where I live that no matter where I go I hear them calling “Angelina,” the name with which they call me. 

Every day I am so grateful for the opportunity God has provided to me to be of service to the beautiful community of Musoma. 

Personal Data:
Angelica grew up in Mexico and has a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. She also has a master;s degree in general studies from Southern Oregon University and has training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming from Wings Seminars. Angelica served as Chief Financial Officer of a community and migrant clinic in southern Oregon, and as a certified public accountant has taught accounting.

Angelica spent a month serving as a missioner in Cameroon, Africa. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Ashland, Oregon, with which she often returned to Mexico for projects to bring housing, water, stoves and playgrounds to rural communities. Angelica came to the U.S. to attend graduate school and has two adult children.