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PROGRESS

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Rwanda

University of Rwanda

Career Technology

Mechanical Engineering- Production

CAREER: Mechanical Engineer

GRAD DATE: 2024

JOURNEY

    • July 16, 2021 – Barack shared what resilience means to him: “Considering its original meaning, resilience is the ability to recover quickly from something. Resilience means a lot to me. It means I, as a servant leader, am able to overcome every oppression that comes as a challenge to me. It means I must be able to adapt myself to new circumstances and not let them affect me or change who I am. A resilient leader will learn to pick himself up after something goes wrong and continue as ambitious as he was before, not getting discouraged. We all should be resilient. In the face of many unfavorable circumstances, we ought not to lose heart, not to lose hope, to re-build ourselves after every storm, adapting to the changes that came with it, and serve our people. We say we are not broken. We advance even in the worst of times. We are RESILIENT!”
    • March 1, 2021 – Barack said his biggest lesson from 2020 was: “That life never always gives us what we want or expect and that God’s sovereignty is beyond everything. I had planned as much as I could but life turned out differently! So it’s our duty to adjust ourselves to the pace that life provides so that we don’t go off track. Even on the darkest days as those in 2020, we still grow through by the sovereign grace of God.”

Barack’S CIRCLE

BIO

Barack was born in a family of six children, he is the third and the eldest son. Being raised by a single mom in the streets of Kampala, he was, like most of the kids, a big fan of pan cakes (Kabalagala snacks), and enjoyed building swings on trees with his friends. Besides being famished along with his siblings, their education was always on the edge of a razor and they knew at any time they could fall off and their dreams of getting their mother out of that mess would vanish. But, with hard work and their mom’s support, they thrived in their education. Luckily, at the age of 15, Barack’s mom’s siblings agreed to bring him to Rwanda to support his education, so he left his family in Uganda.

Besides building swings and climbing trees, Barack was fond of sitting with his friends on the road side to watch cars passing. But his fascination with cars went beyond the hope that one day he would own one, Barack wanted to make cars. He learned from the big boys who could make toy cars and as he grew up, Barack realized his dream could come true through pursuing science. He felt he had no room for failure, and he graduated among the top five in his senior year in high school.

Now Barack is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and he feels he is a few steps away from achieving his dream.

Besides his career goals, Barack has been driven throughout to be a father unlike my own. He has seen many friends and children suffer after either being abandoned by or losing their father. This motivates him to work hard so that he can support others, since they share a similar story. He also hopes that many more will make their living through his car making dream. This is what drives him: that these numbers conveying the struggling children each have a face. Barack is proud to be a TNHF scholar with faith that his dreams will be attained.

Apart from his studies, Barack enjoys fellowships with Christian brethren and also hanging out with his friends to share meals and tell jokes all evening. He also enjoys dancing and drama.