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Dan B



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University of Rwanda


CAREER: Conservationist



    • April 16, 2024 – Our students shared what was most meaningful to them from our recent Leadership Development Workshop. Dan said: “These Numbers Have Faces Leadership Development Workshop always seeks to help young people (scholars) improve their leadership capacity. This March, we had an interesting workshop with Dr. Kuhn and Benson, a TNHF alumni with a topic that relates our origins and leadership. I have a learned a lot from Dr. Kuhn’s presentation and Benson’s stories, but in short, the following are some of the lessons I learned: 1) No one chooses where to be born from. 2) Where we are born is not a problem but how we will die will depend on what we did in life. 3) Whatever we do daily, contributes a lot to how we will die. 4) The past is history, we need to learn and work presently to prepare for the future. The past has to only be a lesson. 5) Benson’s story showed me that one day things will change for sure. 6) Benson’s hard work taught me that everything will come from working hard. Thanks a lot for these workshops, for they are empowering us as young aspired leaders. I have a face in These Numbers Have Faces.”
    • March 1, 2023 – In a recent Leadership Development Workshop, we explored the question, “How can you make sure the pain of your past doesn’t determine your future?” What stood out and meant the most to you in this workshop? Dan said: “The pain of the past doesn’t determine the future, the past is only providing lessons and motivation. I have learned that tomorrow holds good things! During this workshop, I learned that if you want a good future you should change mindset first – the bigger the thoughts, the bigger the achievements! The more difficulties you overcome the bigger the person you become! These formulas will help me to have a great future compared to the past!”
    • September 8, 2022 – Dan shared the biggest changes in his life since the end of the COVID restrictions: “After the COVID-19 restrictions, I have learned a lot of things from TNHF leadership workshops! I have learned how to become a good servant leader and I am empowered to be the change that I need! Through TNHF trainings I gained new people!”



Dan is 15th in a family of 20 children. His father is 88 years old and had three marriages. In the past, Dan’s family had many resources, but then the family lost several cows that they depended on. After that, life was not easy until recently.  No one in the family graduated; only two of Dan’s siblings finished secondary level and some never attended school. Many of Dan’s older brothers and sisters were born into exile in Uganda.  

Dan’s family faced many challenges when it came to schooling. His family lacked money for school fees, which has been a huge challenge, but Dan is hopeful. Dan’s family was often unable to provide school supplies, which was hard on Dan’s studies. Food was also hard to come by and posed a challenge as “you can’t study well without food.” 

Currently, Dan is studying Agroforestry at the University of Rwanda. Dan’s dream is to work with government and international bodies who are in charge of environmental and nature conservation to use agroforestry practices in maintaining nature, as well as sustainable food production. Dan hopes this will also help his family and society. Dan wants to be a good leader in this field and also a good researcher. 

Dan enjoys having conversations with different people and engaging in worship.