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Gerard H

PROGRESS

OUR GOAL: A CIRCLE OF SUPPORTERS GIVING $300/MONTH OR $3600 FOR THE YEAR

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Rwanda

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA

Career Medicine

Medicine

CAREER: Doctor

GRAD DATE: July 2019

JOURNEY

    • July 7, 2018 – In May, Gerard was selected among trained volunteers to participate in a NCDs campaign week being carried out in all the districts of Kigali. The campaign was about raising awareness about non communicable diseases through free screenings. It was a honor to be chosen but also made it difficult to continue with his other responsibilities, such as attending daily clinicals at the hospital. He decided to go to the head of the department and explained to him about the importance of the event and promised to repeat the week of clinicals that he would miss, and he allowed him to participate! He is grateful to have been able to help the people who came to the event who were able to be screened and are now aware of their health status! This summer, he is looking forward to preparing for his final year in medical school, while also staying involved in his activities that aim to help improve the health of his community!
    • May 12, 2018 – Gerard values his family’s history because it helps him to know where he came from and where he is going, he also values team work because no man is an island and we need one another.
    • March 25, 2018 – When Gerard was younger, he was able to visit Kigali International Airport and decided he wanted to be a pilot when he grew up, but later changed his mind and wanted to study medicine! In five years, he sees himself as a fulfilling his dream of becoming a doctor!
    • Feb 27, 2018 – Gerard’s biggest inspiration is his uncle, although he unfortunately passed away, Gerard said he was humble and so kind, he would listen to anyone who wanted to talk to him, and help whenever he could!
    • Jan 25, 2018 – An interesting book Gerard read recently was, Effective Leadership. He said that he was impressed by the idea that the world we want to experience is one where everyone leads with integrity and embraces possibilities.
    • Dec 18, 2017 – Christmas in Rwanda is a reminder for people about the birth of Jesus, and they gather together to sing dance, and share a meal. Gerard believes the word his friends would use to describe him is “humble” because he loves to spend time with others and serve them.
    • Nov 11, 2017 – Gerard is thankful for his health, and also for the support from his These Numbers Have Faces family! During the Christmas holidays Gerard is looking forward to free time to relax and hang out with friends!
    • Oct 8, 2017 – This summer on World’s Heart Day, Gerard was able to learn about cardiovascular disease and was even able to learn how to do scans. Gerard loved practicing what he is studying in school, and is excited to continue to learn more this year. Gerard hopes to be in a leadership position this year so he can strengthen his leadership skills.
    • May 25, 2017 – Something Gerard wishes more people knew about Rwanda is that it’s a rapidly developing country.
    • March 28, 2017 – When asked about the 3 things he values most, Gerard said listening to others, fulfilling his responsibilities and his family!
    • Feb 13, 2017 – Things that empower Gerard are having the resources to live a healthy life, to know people who care for him, and to be part of a community like These Numbers Have Faces.
    • Jan 17, 2017 – Life isn’t without challenges. Last year, Gerard saw a lot of loss in his community. While painful, these losses reminded him the importance of living every day like it’s your last. What an important and hard lesson!
    • Dec 8, 2016 – As 2017 approaches, Gerard is motivated to keep working hard in his medical courses and improve in his English. He also plans to become more involved in health-related activities in his community!
    • Oct 14, 2016 – Some of the highlights of Gerard’s summer were tutoring his classmates, and his internship at a local hospital where he worked with patients recovering from disease!

     

Gerard H’S CIRCLE

  • J. Styles – Round Rock,TX
  • J. M. Larson – Austin,TX
  • L. Neuenhaus – Buda,TX
  • S. Schaefer – Austin,TX

BIO

Gerard is from a rural village where most of his classmates dropped out of school at an early age to help their parents with farming. After watching so many of his neighbors suffer from preventable diseases and learning about the lack of medical experts in Rwanda, Gerard knew his goal for the future was to become a doctor. Through leading workshops on disease prevention and family planning, Gerard is determined to fight poverty in his community and be a role model to youth in Rwanda!