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Erickson

PROGRESS

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

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Rwanda

University of Rwanda

Career Law

Law

CAREER: Lawyer

GRAD DATE: 2022

JOURNEY

    • July 16, 2021 – Erickson shared what resilience means to him: “Well, to me, resilience means the ability to keep moving forward, even in the hardest times you can ever face. Through resilience, one is able to recover when they fall, to regain strength when they are hit hard by a challenge, and to come back into race when they have already given up. Resilience is the strongest tool I use for recovery once I happen to have given up.”
    • March 1, 2021 – Erickson shares his biggest lesson from 2020: “Without devaluing all other lessons I learned, “HUMAN SOLIDARITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS” is the biggest lesson I learned in the year 2020. In 2020 the whole world happened to go through closely common conditions brought by COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these condition among others included; total lockdown where most people in many countries were locked up in their homes, no working, no going to school, no public body exercises and others. Taking an example from my country Rwanda, many people became victims of hunger due to lockdown measures that have been put in place to curb the spread of the virus. I have learned that in times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic people need to come together and support each other in different ways. For example in Rwanda, different individuals, organizations and government institutions did a great job of supporting the people whose lives have been affected by the pandemic by providing them with food, hygiene items, free health services, etc. Had it not been this solidarity, many people would have died due to hunger, others due to poor hygiene infections, home-based conflicts would have gone higher in numbers, many businesses would have shut down, many students would have dropped out of schools if it wasn’t free to study online and more.”

Erickson’S CIRCLE

BIO

Rwanda was in a poor political state of insecurity and poverty which is why Erickson was born in Uganda. His parents had gone there as refugees some years before he was born. Erickson and his family lived in Western Uganda til the age of 10, when he returned back home to Rwanda with his family. He was born to a family of 10 children, four girls and six boys of which he is the oldest with his twin sister. They all lived together with their parents in Eastern Rwanda.

He was raised in a poor community where schooling was hard and not all kids his age could access schools but his father liked supporting his children to go to school because he was a school dropout so he decided to keep pushing his children to attend school at any cost.
One of the things that inspired him to work hard in his life is the communities he lived in, both in Uganda and in Rwanda. Both communities were poor, school dropout numbers were high due to poverty and ignorance. Illiteracy was at its highest, political instability and more. This inspired him to do whatever he could to be a solution, not only to his home country of Rwanda, but to the whole African continent.

Currently, Erickson is studying Law at the University of Rwanda, with a dream to become an agent of justice in Africa. His dad inspired him to study Law. When Erickson was young, his dad used to tell him “My son I want you to study hard and become a lawyer because it was my wish when I was young but I unfortunately could not make it because I dropped out of school.” Erickson has worked hard to achieve what his dad couldn’t. He is studying Law to make his dad’s dream come true.

He was also inspired by the community he grew up in. Erickson grew up seeing many people’s rights being violated, which made him angry and brave to study law so he would one day provide justice to the people who need it.

Outside of his studies, Erickson likes writing and he is currently writing his first book which he hopes to publish in 2022. He also likes playing piano and it is his role in church. He enjoys teaching young people about Pan-Africanism and leadership.