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CAREER: Doctor

GRAD DATE: Aug 2019


    • 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 – Santa Barbara, CA
  • L. Tuohey-Mote Rhoads – Santa Barbara, CA


Coco 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.