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CAREER: Doctor

GRAD DATE: Aug 2019


    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to her life now, and her future career, Coco said: “Servant leadership is all about sacrificing yourself to serve others. There is no bigger satisfaction than helping others. Servant leadership is when I give to others what has been given to me, whether it’s a skill or a service. Now, I share knowledge to young girls about their sexuality, because I have come to realize that ignorance is the first enemy of girls. I encourage them to talk to their sisters to spread knowledge so that we can all have a bright future. As a doctor, helping people is what I am committed to.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Coco wants to be known as a woman of God who makes a great impact on young girls and women! This semester she hopes to acquire new skills that will enable her to be the best doctor she can be!
    • July 7, 2018 – The biggest challenge Coco faced this last year was officially starting her clinical rotations. She said she came across a lot of challenges because of the stress of working in a hospital for the first time. She was nervous about missing something and causing harm to a patient, but she was able to spend extra time studying, ask the doctors a lot of questions, work hard, and believe in herself to have the courage and determination to not let anything stop her from succeeding in her career! This summer, she is looking forward to getting involved in as many activities as she can. Including taking classes online, reading books, attending a friend’s wedding, visiting other friends, and doing an internship at a hospital!
    • May 12, 2018 – Coco values living a life of purpose, because she wants to leave a positive legacy for her community, she also values friendship and loving and caring for others!
    • March 25, 2018 – When Coco was younger, she always wanted to help others, and this led to her wanting to pursue medicine! In five years, she sees herself working in a hospital saving lives and showing young women what it looks like to be servant leaders and follow their dreams!
    • Feb 27, 2018 – Coco said her biggest inspiration is her mom because she is a caring, hardworking and responsible woman that always has a way of managing even difficult situations!
    • Jan 25, 2018 – Coco recently read, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. She learned the importance of adopting a culture of forgiveness, and how even the author was able to forgive the people who killed his family!
    • Dec 18, 2017 – Rwandan and Burundian culture are similar in the way they celebrate the Christmas season. It is a special day of the year that family gathers together to share a meal, which usually consists of meat and potatoes, and they usually play Christmas songs! The word Coco thinks her friends would describe her as is “adaptable” since she loves asking questions and connecting with different people.
    • Nov 11, 2017 – Coco is thankful that God has blessed her with both her family and the These Numbers Have Faces family who continually love and care for her! She loves the Christmas season, because of the joy she feels being loved by Jesus.
    • Oct 8, 2017 – Coco had a memorable summer because she was able to help in a school summer camp for three weeks! She learned new skills in helping manage people and how to deal with conflicts. Coco is excited about learning new things at school and also ready to work hard to try to be the best in her medicine class.
    • May 25, 2017 – Something Coco wishes more people knew about Burundi is that it’s a beautiful country with lakes and beaches, AND that Burundians like to enjoy life and have fun!
    • March 27, 2017 – When asked about the 3 things she values most, Coco said living out God’s purpose for her life, loving and caring for others, and serving those in need!
    • 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 & L. Tuohey-Mote Rhoads – Santa Barbara, CA


Coco was born and raised in Burundi. However, due to the recent events there, she now lives in Rwanda. As the only girl in a family of boys, Coco grew up helping her mother take care of their home. Her time with her mother, who was often sick, developed in her a heart of compassion for those who are suffering.

Because 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. She 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!