- Nov 11, 2017 - This holiday season Oreste is thankful for the Lord's protection towards his mother! He is also thankful for the support of These Numbers Have Faces to attend university. Oreste mostly enjoys Christmas with his family together.
- Oct 8, 2017 - Oreste spent his summer at home with his mom, sister and younger brothers. He is so excited to see his friends at school again
- May 25, 2017 - Something Oreste wishes more people knew about Rwanda is that their history is far more than the 1994 Genocide.
- March 28, 2017 - When asked about the 3 things he values most, Oreste said caring for others, working hard and being true to himself!
- Feb 13, 2017 - Oreste feels empowered when he sees how his character influences others in a positive way. This helps him see that he can be the leader his community needs!
- Jan 17, 2017 - Life isn't without challenges. Last year, a challenge Oreste faced was transitioning to life at University. With everything being new, Oreste learned how to adapt and be proactive in order to succeed.
- Dec 8, 2016 - Oreste has a good first term at school, and as 2017 approaches his plans are to start a study group with his classmates so that he and his fellow students can improve in their courses!
- Oct 14, 2016 - It was a busy summer for Oreste helping build irrigation systems. Oreste worked as a supervisor where he learned about managing big groups of people.
A. O'Byrne - Singapore
BioOreste grew up in a village in Rwanda’s Eastern Province, living with his mother, sister and aunt. In 1994 Genocide, Oreste lost his father, and his mother and sister were both left with injuries as a consequence of the violence. The most-able of his family to work, Oreste has always had many responsibilities and been highly motivated to succeed in order to better take care of his family. However, as his mother’s health worsened, Oreste felt he couldn’t pursue higher education, so he could stay at home to help his ailing mother. Noticing her son’s loss of hope, one day Oreste’s mother asked him why he was no longer passionate about school. “Won’t you be able to take better care of yourself, our family and community if you had a degree?”
With that, Oreste’s hope returned. He poured himself into his studies and today is he studying Finance at the National University of Rwanda!