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GRAD DATE: July 2020


    • July 1, 2020 – We asked our students what makes them proud of their culture, and Devotha said: “I like our traditional dance (amaraba) Rwandans enjoy it to the maximum.”
    • March 30, 2020 – Devotha speaks English and Kinyarwarwa.
    • March 30, 2020 – Devotha said milk is her favorite drink.
    • September 1, 2019 – Devotha said that her plans for the summer were to replace the old doors in her house with new ones.
    • May 18, 2019 – This semester, during monthly leadership training, I learned ways of maintaining my dreams/ goals by trusting Jesus, staying focused on a goal, living within my means, and being surrounded by quality people.
    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to her life now, and her future career, Devotha said: “Servant leadership is leadership with the main goal of serving citizens or followers. A leader who serves others before serving herself/himself. Now I treat others as I treat myself and sometime I leave my work and work for my followers in church. In my future career, I will solve the problems of my client before considering myself.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Devotha wants to be known for her integrity! This semester she hopes her hard work will result in good grades!
    • July 7, 2018 – The biggest challenge Devotha faced this last year was the seriousness of her mother’s illness. Devotha said she learned to trust God and cling to his promises. She was able to remain calm and keep studying to pass all of her classes! This summer, she is looking forward to spending time with her family, and helping them with repairs on their home!
    • May 12, 2018 – Devotha values God’s love for her, and her career in nursing because she enjoys serving others!
    • March 25, 2018 – When Devotha was younger, she hoped to be a nurse or a doctor because she saw the kindness of healthcare providers! In five years, she sees herself fulfilling this dream as a registered nurse and helping her sister with her schooling, both studying and helping pay her tuition!
    • February 27, 2018 – Devotha’s mother is her biggest inspiration, because of her persistence, hard work, and because she is always laughing no matter the situation!
    • January 25, 2018 – The last book Devotha read was, Igitabo Cy’umugenzi. It helped her to realize that in every journey there are challenges, but that God has a plan for our lives and no matter how hard life may get that God is always on her side!
    • December 18, 2017 – On Christmas day, Devotha says people eat special meals, dance a traditional dance called Amaraba and wear traditional clothes called Imishanana. Devotha thinks the word her friends would describe her as is “kind” because she is always respectful and willing to help others.
    • November 11, 2017 – Devotha is overwhelmed with thankfulness for everyone who has invested in her and made it possible to achieve her dream of attending university! She loves all the Christmas day and New Year celebration events and enjoy with family.
    • October 8,2017 – Devotha had a busy summer helping her family with their cultivating. She is excited to be back at school to see her friends again!
    • May 25, 2017 – Something Devotha wishes more people knew about Rwanda is how the much communities show their support for one another.
    • March 28, 2017 – When asked about the 3 things she values most, Devotha said God, caring for others and These Numbers Have Faces!
    • February 13, 2017 – The things that make Devotha feel most empowered are having someone to advise her, working with others, achieving her goals and trusting in God!
    • January 17, 2017 – Life isn’t without challenges. Last year, a challenge Devotha faced was trying to find employment, as she is responsible for many things in her family. She learned how to work hard and not forget how her life has a purpose.
    • December 8, 2016 – Devotha has big plans for 2017. She wants to create a group for helping patients who don’t have someone to care for them, AND she wants to start a nursing co-op to help start a medical group!

Devotha’S CIRCLE

  • S. Hall – Cambria Heights, NY
  • H. Price Curran – Cayucos, CA
  • G. & J. Thurston – Portland, OR
  • J. Johnson Taylor – Portland, OR


Devotha is from Rwanda’s Eastern Province and grew up with her mother and two siblings. In her community, it is more common for girls to get pregnant and married than go to school. Experiencing the poverty her family lived in, Devotha was determined to pursue her education in order to change her family’s situation, even if it meant taking the path less traveled. 

From an early age, Devotha admired nurses who cared for people and maintained such positive attitudes. These women inspired Devotha to study nursing at University today!  

Devotha is the first person in her family to go to University. Her vision is to be an example to other women in Rwanda to show them they can be strong, independent and do the impossible! 

Devotha started attending University with three goals: buying land, building a house for her family and graduating with her masters. Before starting our University Leadership Program, she had no confidence to achieve these goals. But through the monthly trainings and girls night, she has gained confidence and overcome challenges! She is already working toward her goal to build a house for her family! Devotha is using the leadership skills she has gained to serve as secretary of arbitration committee on her campus. She is confident that she will achieve more. Devotha is grateful to These Numbers Have Faces for how the program has benefited her and her family.