- Feb 13, 2017 - What makes Coco feel empowered is when people come to offer training and encouragement to her and her fellows scholars. Their sacrifices show her that they believe in her potential!
- Jan 17, 2017 - Life isn't without challenges. Last year Coco struggled with not being able to visit her family in Burundi, due to violence. While it has been hard, she is learning to place her trust in God's hands.
- Dec 28, 2016 - Coco wants to enter 2017 with a heart of service. One of the best moments of her 2016 was helping to build latrines in a village nearby her University!
- Dec 8, 2016 - Coco's role model is her mom! Coco says she is the pillar of her family who always makes sacrifices to care about others. Coco admires her strength and strives to be like her!
- Nov 20, 2016 - When asked about what she's thankful for, Coco said her family -- both her biological family and the sense of family she has found through These Numbers Have Faces!
- Oct 14, 2016 - This summer Coco was able to go home to Burundi where she spent time with her mom. When they're together, they always have a lot to talk about!
C. Rhoads - Santa Barbara, CA
L. Tuohey-Mote Rhoads - Santa Barbara, CA
BioCoco was born, raised, and lived in Burundi, until recently. As the only girl in a family of boys, Coco grew up helping her mother with taking care of their home. Her time with her mother, who was often sick, developed in her a heart of compassion for those who suffer. As doctors in Burundi can have more than 100 patients to see each day, Coco watched many people in her community go untreated. When her cousin passed away after receiving improper medical treatment, Coco decided to pour herself into her studies to one day become a doctor and help save people’s lives. Coco believes that hygiene and sanitation education plays a huge role in disease prevention, and she is already working hard to educate her family and neighbors on ways to stay healthy.
Outside the classroom, Coco is involved in several student medical associations and is the event manager of an organization working with Burundian students in Rwanda, and is a representative of Global Health Initiatives in Burundi.