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Career Technology

Water & Environmental Engineering

CAREER: Engineer

GRAD DATE: Aug 2020


    • July 1, 2020 – We asked our students what makes them proud of their culture, and Aline said: “Being a Rwandan! My favorite thing is how we greet everyone we cross paths with! (mostly in the morning)! I see this, as a way of teaching us humanity and integrity as well; it’s kind of caring and affection!”
    • March 30, 2020 – Aline speaks English, French, and Kinyarwanda.
    • March 30, 2020 – Aline said her favorite drink is a juice.
    • September 1, 2019 – Aline had a 10 week internship with WASAC this summer. After she finished her internship, she volunteered with another organization called Water Access, to help provide clean water to people living in rural areas.
    • May 18, 2019 – This last semester, I attended one of the TNHF training which was about financial literacy (how to manage the money we receive, even though we think that it’s a little amount) and from what I’ve learned an important lesson of financial management. This includes different “dos” like financial planning and accounting, saving before I spend, but most importantly living within my means. Then I remembered one of Solomon’s sayings which is “Whoever has no rule on his own spirit, is like a city broken down without wall” and I think I will hold onto this.
    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to her life now, and her future career, Aline said: “Servant leadership: a set of practices that builds and creates a better community. A servant leader commits to help others develop expertise, and make a positive contribution to society. Based on this, I have developed different habits. I know that servant leadership goes along with some characteristics I’ve developed. Implementing servant leadership includes: listening (making deeper commitment to listen intently to people, and take notice of their body language), empathy (approaching situations with an open mind) and conceptualization (ability to dream great dreams). I hope that with these 3 characteristics, I will be implementing servant leadership in my future career.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Aline wants to be known as a woman of integrity! She also wants to be known as a servant leader who helped others reach their potential! This semester, she hopes for blessings from above – blessings on her studies, the TNHF family and her family! She is hopeful that she will impact her community
    • July 7, 2018 – Last school year, Aline’s biggest challenge was Mathematics for Engineers. She said these classes were the most difficult, but she was able to work really hard, read a lot of books that related to mathematics, find a tutor to help her and she was able to overcome the challenge and do well in her class! This summer, she is looking forward to visiting her family in the Southern Province of Rwanda!
    • May 12, 2018 – Aline values God and respect, because God means everything to her, and being able to respect yourself and respect others helps them to respect you as well.
    • March 25, 2018 – When Aline was younger, she hoped to be a water and sanitation engineer because she had a friend who did this and was always an inspiration to her! In five years, she plans to be using her knowledge from university to support her community and serve those in need!
    • Feb 27, 2018 – Aline said her nickname is high school was Popsy, it originated from a book she read and it means best friend. The person who inspires Aline most is Dr. Ben Carson, through reading his books she is encouraged to be humble, courageous, honest, and a good leader!
    • Jan 25, 2018 – Aline said the last thing she read that she just couldn’t put down was the leadership guide from These Numbers Have Faces. The part that was the most impactful for her was about having a “can-do” attitude!
    • Dec 18, 2017 – On Christmas, Aline says they gather with friends and family to eat, dance and have fun together! A word Aline thinks her friends would describe her as is “smart” because she loves to study and learn.
    • Nov 11, 2017 – Aline is thankful that she gets to live with her best friend from Huye. She is also looking forward to Christmas, because she gets to see her father!
    • Oct 8, 2017- The highlights of Aline’s summer were when she got to interview with the These Numbers Have Faces staff, and particularly the day she was accepted into the program! Aline was very excited about the advice and encouragement she got from the staff, and especially from Justin Zoradi. She is also really looking forward to the monthly leadership trainings she will be able to participate in.


  • L. Rutledge – Spring Hill, TN
  • C. LeBoeuf – Tualatin, OR
  • J. Johnson Taylor – Portland, OR
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church – Portland, OR


As Aline grew up, she struggled with her community’s treatment of women. She saw other young girls passing up education in order to start families and live traditional lives, but Aline knew she wanted more. As the second born of five children, Aline fought to be a good example of leadership in her own household both to her older sister and younger brothers. Each day, she makes the choice to take risks and work hard rather than waiting for someone else to provide help. 

Aline knows that a university education is something that not everyone can attain, so she wants to use this opportunity to give back to others. With a degree in Water & Environmental Engineering, she will work out how to use renewable energy sources that can serve her city and country. Aline’s eyes are open to the issues that surround her, and with her degree she will be equipped to overcome the problems she sees, and lead those around her into a better future.  

Aline is a big fan of basketball, is part of the worship team at her school and was the president of the Unity & Reconciliation group at her secondary school!