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Olivier N



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D.R. Congo


Career Medicine



GRAD DATE: July 2019


    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to his life now, and his future career, Olivier N said: “Servant leadership: is a leader who works hard for the sake of others in order for them to benefit from his/her good works. This servant leadership is applied to me through my studies, because These Numbers Have Faces is providing my tuition and other support, I am on the receiving end of servant leadership. Also through my community impact project, I will be helping people in the community, teaching them about prevention of malnutrition. In my career of nursing, I will be treating people who are suffering from different diseases.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Olivier wants to be known for helping and caring for others! He also wants to be known as an intellectual! As he starts his last year in university, he is excited about moving one step closer to the nursing profession! He looks forward to caring for sick people and showing empathy for vulnerable persons.
    • July 7, 2018 – When Olivier was starting his studies in General Nursing, students who had already finished their studies told him that the Tropical and Communicable Diseases class was the most challenging class he would take, and that a lot of students either fail or have to retake the class. Olivier said it was true and was one of the hardest classes he has taken, but through hard work, perseverance, and good communication with teachers and classmates, he was able to overcome the challenges and pass the class! This summer, he is looking forward to interning at the hospital! He is also excited to be able to help the high school students in the Kiziba Camp who are preparing for their national exams in hope that they can do well and work towards going to university as well!
    • May 12, 2018 – Olivier values helping others because he loves serving people and being a positive impact on their lives.
    • March 25, 2018 – When Olivier was younger, he dreamt of being a doctor because there was a lot of illness in his community and he wanted to be able to help! In five years, he hopes to be fulfilling this dream by providing healthcare to is community!
    • Feb 27, 2018 – Olivier said his mom is inspires him to be a better person because of her kindness, courage, and empathy towards others!
    • Jan 25, 2018 – A captivating book Olivier read was, Gifted Hands by Ben Carson. Olivier said this book showed him how a person’s talents do not depend on his status or where he is living but only from gifts that God has given him.
    • Dec 15, 2017 – On Christmas, Olivier and his family decorate their Christmas tree! They also invite friends and family to their home to share food and drinks as well as to dance a traditional Rwandan dance called Ikinyemera. The words Olivier says his friends would describe him are caring and respectful, because he loves to care for people and is respectful of them.
    • Nov 11, 2017 – Olivier is thankful for God’s protection for him and his family, and for the These Numbers Have Faces family and donors for all their support! He loves spending time together with his family during Christmas, and looks forward to it!
    • Oct 8, 2017 – Olivier spent his summer holidays helping his younger sisters and brothers in their studies since they are candidates of the National Exams! Olivier’s department switched campuses so he is excited to meet new friends at his new campus. He is motivated to work hard to reach his goals.
    • May 25, 2017 – Something Olivier wishes more people knew about Rwanda is that it’s a peaceful country, often referred to as “The Land of a Thousand Hills.”
    • Feb 13, 2017 – Olivier says he feels most empowered when others listen to him, which shows their care and respect. These interactions inspire him to empower others in the same way!
    • Jan 17, 2017 – Life isn’t without challenges. Last year Olivier learned about differences in communication. Those struggles, however, have made him a better listener and communicator!
    • Nov 20, 2016 – When asked about what he’s thankful for, Olivier said the doors God has opened for him to continue his education through These Numbers Have Faces, and pursue his vision.
    • June 30, 2016 – Olivier just finished his 1st year of nursing school! This summer he will be returning home to Kiziba Refugee Camp where he’ll help his family with household activities, like taking care of their dairy cows. In his free time, he pla
    • April 20, 2016 – When Olivier thinks of role model leaders, he pictures Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Louise Mushikiwabo. Olivier believes her example will help empower girls in Rwanda to rise up to leadership positions they are capable of!
    • March 4, 2016 – It’s normal to be nervous about the things we most hope to succeed in. For Olivier, he said he’s anxious about his upcoming internship at a hospital. But we know he’ll do a fantastic job! We can’t wait to hear about what he learns!
    • Feb 1, 2016 – Olivier recently read a book on the fundamentals of nursing. Olivier has had a great first year in his nursing program and we’re excited his passion for his studies extends into his personal reading!
    • Jan 21, 2016 – For Olivier’s Community Impact Project, he is making bricks to build a school in Kiziba Refugee Camp! Olivier’s work is going to allow even more students in the camp to receive an education!
    • Nov 8, 2015 – How many languages does Olivier speak? 3! Kinyarwanda, English and French!

Olivier N’S CIRCLE

  • R. Biornstad – Palmer, AK
  • C. & J. Swanson – Anchorage, AK
  • J. & B. Magley – Enumclaw, WA


Olivier and his family are from DR Congo, but fled to Rwanda to escape violence and conflict in their country. Growing up in Kiziba Refugee Camp, Olivier was able to finish secondary school, thanks to his aunt who sold food in the marketplace to pay for it. Determined to rise out of poverty and transform his family’s situation, Olivier excelled in his classes and never lost sight of his dream to work in the medical field. Now in nursing school, Olivier is already learning about procedures and techniques that will directly impact his community!