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CAREER: Journalist

GRAD DATE: Aug 2018


    • Jan 25, 2018 –  Masubiza said the book she read recently was the Bible, and something that stood out to her is that those who know God will be strong and called to brave things!
    • Dec 15, 2017 – Christmas is a special day for Masubiza, it is a day she praises and worships God for his protection and all he has done in the past year. The word Masubiza thinks her friends would describe her as is “disciplined” because she takes her work very seriously.
    • Nov 11, 2017 – The things Masubiza is most thankful for are the protection and progress the Lord has granter her, and that she is part of the These Numbers Have Faces family! During Christmas she will be able to spend time at home with her family.
    • Oct 8, 2017 – Masubiza spent her summer holiday doing an intership with one of the local radios as a radio presenter. She is excited about begining her final year at university and hopes to grow in her prayer life.
    • May 25, 2017 – Something Masubiza wishes more people knew about Rwanda is that today it’s a peaceful country where leadership is good and people don’t have to hide who they are.
    • Feb 13, 2017 – Masubiza feels empowered when she is reading books that teach her new skills and perspectives. She also feels empowered when praying for others.
    • Jan 17, 2017 – Life isn’t without challenges. Last year Masubiza struggled with managing her course load. After making an effort to create a timetable and study with others, she feels she’s learned how to study smarter!
    • Dec 8, 2016 – As 2016 comes to a close, Masubiza is so grateful for God’s provision and grace. In the new year, she wants to focus more time on prayer, develop her skills in journalism, and serve her community in meaningful ways!
    • Nov 20, 2016 – When asked about what she’s thankful for, Masubiza said the wisdom others have provided her with.
    • Oct 14, 2016 – This summer Masubiza practiced interviewing people and writing stories! Heading into her second year at University, she is ready to put her journalism skills to use!
    • June 30, 2016 – At a recent parent’s meeting in Kiziba Refugee Camp, Masubiza’s dad, who is a pastor at the camp, couldn’t stop smiling as he spoke about his daughter, sharing how she has always had an objective. He believes her tenacity and faith
    • April 20, 2016 – When Masubiza thinks of role model leaders, she pictures Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs. What she admires about Mushikiwabo is her confidence, which has inspired Masubiza to believe in herself!
    • March 4, 2016 – When asked about her new goals for term, Masubiza said she wants to increase her focus on her studies, and continue to improve her scores at University!
    • Feb 1, 2016 – Masubiza recently read a book about the great philosophers. What she found most interesting is learning where they got their ideas from!
    • Jan 21, 2016 – For Masubiza’s Community Impact Project, she is making bricks to build a school in Kiziba Refugee Camp! Masubiza’s work is going to allow even more students in the camp to receive an education!
    • Dec 28, 2015 – The happiest moment of Masubiza’s year was making friends with her classmates at University! We’re so thankful she is connecting with peers who share her passion for media and storytelling!
    • Nov 9, 2015 – How many languages does Masubiza speak? Four! Kinyarwanda, English, Swahili and French!

Masubiza’S CIRCLE

  • S. & T. Knudson – Portland, OR
  • W. & M. Dann – Portland, OR


Masubiza comes from a big family with 9 children! In 1996 they fled their home in DRC and have been living in Kiziba Refugee Camp in Rwanda ever since. After watching her family and so many other refugees struggle with poverty and unemployment, Masubiza began to delve into her studies. Most youth in her community are only able to complete their high school education, and many girls become pregnant at an early age. Masubiza said going to university is her way to fight poverty. Her vision is to become a lawyer – to help solve critical problems in her community and show other girls there is hope of a brighter future.

Outside of classes at University, Masubiza is a leader in her church choir, a volleyball player, and a member of her school’s Debate Club!