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Forestry and Nature Conservation

CAREER: Scientist

GRAD DATE: July 2021


    • September 13, 2021 – Frank shared his favorite song and what it means to him: “My favorite song is “Omukisa Gwa Mukama” by Judith Babirye: This song speaks to my life and my family’s life. It teaches me not be discouraged, but encourages me to believe in Jesus.”
    • July 16, 2021 – Frank shared what resilience means to him: “Resilience is the capacity of an individual to capture or recover what has been affected negatively. It’s like someone being sick and what it will take for him or her to recover and be more energetic as they were before they were sick.”
    • March 1, 2021 – Frank said his biggest lesson from 2020 was: “Saving and hard working are key factors to fight poverty.”
    • December 1, 2020 – I am studying Forestry and Nature conservation at the University of Rwanda. My dream is to become a forester who is able to conserve the environment!
    • July 1, 2020 – We asked our students what makes them proud of their culture, and Frank said: “Being cattle keepers. It is helping my family to find solutions to existing problems using the present cattle and how to improve their wellbeing as well as my country.”
    • September 1, 2019 – Frank planned to use his Summer break working a part-time job and helping his parents as much as he could.
    • May 18, 2019 – This last semester Frank learned a lot about power – how people use power over others, rather than empowering them. He learned that serving is key to good leadership.
    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to his life now, and his future career, Frank said: “Servant leadership: a systematic leadership responsible for serving people without aiming at getting money or anything else. I see that servant leadership is wisely important and done by wise people who respect God. As Jesus did to his disciples is an example to me.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Frank wants to be known as a leader who worked for the good of other people, not a leader who only thought only of his own personal interest!
    • July 7, 2018 – This last year was challenging for Frank, because due to the climate change of being at university for the first time he became ill and ended up having to go to the hospital which put him behind in some of his classes. He was able to recover and work hard to finish the second trimester strong! This summer, he is looking forward to working hard and helping those around him while he continues school in his third trimester!
    • May 12, 2018 – The two things Frank values most are his faith and education, because both help him to respect and obey God!
    • March 25, 2018 – When Frank was younger, he dreamt of being a soccer player because he always loved playing! In five years, he hopes to be a soil scientist wherever God leads him!
    • Feb 27, 2018 – Frank said his nickname was Poguba, after the soccer player since he played the same way he did! The people who inspire Frank the most are his mother and father; he said they are his role models!
    • Jan 25, 2018 – Frank said that he recently read The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, and it was a book he couldn’t put down until he finished! The part that stood out to him the most was the idea that the devil fears people who talk to and thank God!
    • Dec 18, 2017 – On Christmas day, Frank says there is a traditional food that everyone loves called Ishabwe, and they gather together to share it! Frank says that the word he thinks his friends would describe him as is “respectful” because he tries to always be respectful to everyone!
    • Nov 11, 2017 – Frank is thankful for his family’s health, and that his brother and sister are able to be in school! He is looking forward to Christmas because it is a time he gets to attend church, play soccer, eat food and hang out with his family
    • Oct 8, 2017 – During his summer holiday Frank was able to help his father with work around their home, and when he wasn’t working with his father he helped his team win a trophy! Frank is excited to be joining what he considers to be the best university in Rwanda, and is planning to work hard this year.


E. & K. Akucewich – Willoughby, OH


Frank’s family fled to Uganda in 1994 because of the Genocide — and now, he is grateful to be at home in Rwanda. He is one of five children, and as one of his sisters earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and got a job and started helping the family by paying school fees for her young sisters and brothers Farming istill a major income source for their family. With four kids in school it has been difficult to cover education expenses for each member of the family but there is a change now.  As Frank is pursuing his degree in Forest and Nature Conservation, with a hope and passion to conserve, restore, and play a big part in climate mitigation on earth effectively using the available forest resources and encourage participatory use by local communities living around these forest resources.  Frank got an opportunity to be captain of his soccer team, which is in the second division. Through hard work and disciplinehe trains, motivates, and organizes his team! He uses the power given to him to empower others not to hold power over them. He also loves singing in his church choir.