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Doreen U

PROGRESS

OUR GOAL: A CIRCLE OF SUPPORTERS GIVING $350/MONTH OR $4200 FOR THE YEAR

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Rwanda

University of Rwanda

Career Technology

Information Technology

CAREER: Technologist

GRAD DATE: 2025

JOURNEY

    • April 16, 2024 – Our students shared what was most meaningful to them from our recent Leadership Development Workshop. Doreen shared: “The most meaningful part of the workshop was the idea of compassionate leadership where we have to be leaders with a caring heart, having empathy towards others.”
    • 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? Doreen said: “I learned that our past doesn’t do anything but pull you down when it’s bitter. Our pasts should not restrict us, but instead strengthen us.”
    • September 8, 2022 – Doreen said the biggest change in her life since the end of the COVID restrictions has been: “Being prepared all the time and being a proactive person.”

Doreen U’S CIRCLE

  • C. & L. Rhoads – Santa Barbara, CA

BIO

Doreen is the third child in a family of nine kids. Due to the1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi, and as the oldest daughter, she took on caring for her younger siblings as other family members were no longer around. Doreen carried many extra responsibilities as a kid because she was left in charge of the family. For Doreen, African cultural expectations meant that, even with two older brothers, she should be in charge of the household. Doreen didn’t see this as a problem as it helped her develop a sense of responsibility and maturity. While Doreen developed good traits from this experience, she also became reserved and anti-social. At school Doreen was shy, but it made her work harder because she didn’t want to disappoint her family. She tried to be brave and independent. 

Doreen excelled and she tried hard to balance school and home responsibilities. She earned good marks and was able to continue her studies. Now, Doreen is studying Information Technology at the University of Rwanda. Doreen wants to fight Genocide ideology as she watched her parents experience a lot of pain related to the Genocide and doesn’t want the next generation to grow up with incomplete families. Doreen wants to be an influencer and politician. 

Doreen’s hobbies are walking, exploring new places, and helping others.