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SD Alumna Serving in Mozambique

Elisabetta Colabianchi MS ’05 is currently making a difference in the world through her work in Mozambique. After graduating from the University of San Diego, Elisabetta moved to New York City to work with the United Nations and non-profit organizations. Realizing that the best way for her to impact the world was through direct service, she applied for the Peace Corps.

Assigned to a hospital in a small, rural village in southern Mozambique, Elisabetta immersed herself in the community. In addition to her work at the hospital, she started a sewing collective for HIV-positive women so that they could make money to pay for transportation costs to reach the hospital every month. Inspired by her Peace Corps work, Elisabetta founded the non-profit, Kurandza, which means “to love” in the native Changana language of the area where she lived in Mozambique.

Elisabetta continues to travel between Mozambique and the States, raising awareness and funds for both immediate assistance and sustainable water and agricultural programs.

Elisabetta credits her love of service to her time at San Domenico, where she first learned about volunteerism and global causes. If you would like to learn more about Kurandza and Elisabetta’s work in Mozambique visit