If you have been by the Clinic you have undoubtedly met Furaha Semakuba. As Administrative Assistant she greets residents, sets up and maintains schedules for the doctors, and relays messages between practitioners and residents. She is usually the initial contact with the clinic.
Furaha grew up in Goma, a city near the northeastern edge of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She lived there with her grandmother until she was in her teens, when she came to join her parents in Maryland. Her family continues to live in Bowie, Maryland. Furaha graduated from Salisbury University with a double major in international studies and French. She speaks Swahili as well as English. She said that she enjoys working here and feels that she fits in well “for now.” Her dream, however, is to apply her talents to working in diplomacy or journalism.
Furaha describes herself as a “plant Mom.” She loves indoor gardening and growing all kinds of vegetables. She also enjoys spending time with friends. At present considerable of her time is spent planning her wedding, which is to occur within the next couple of months. Of course, all specific plans are up in the air because of the pandemic.