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Irene

PROGRESS

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

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Rwanda

Adventist University of Central Africa

Career Business

Finance

CAREER: Entrepreneur

GRAD DATE: 2024

JOURNEY

    • April 16, 2024 – Our students shared what was most meaningful to them from our recent Leadership Development Workshop. Irene said: “The most meaningful thing about the workshop conversation was that by understanding where I come from, I gain valuable self-awareness that can inform our leadership decisions and interactions.”
    • 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? Irene said: “In our workshop I learned that the past is past. I don’t have to think about the past and nothing I can do will change it. Instead, I have to change my mindset and dream of what I want to be in the future because where I came from should not describe my future or my destiny. For me, prayer is the most important key for helping me with this.”
    • September 8, 2022 – Irene talked about the biggest change in her life since the end of the COVID restrictions: “My biggest change is that now I have to be grateful for who I am because COVID took many people but I am still alive. I also learned to prepare myself for any situation that may came my way.”
    • September 13, 2021 – Irene shared her favorite song and what it means to her: “This song is called “Fighting for Me” by Riley Clemmons: https://youtu.be/in1uxSpvsw0 . It talks about how God will never stop fighting for me when I can’t fight for myself. I love it because it gives me courage in my life.”
    • July 16, 2021 – Irene shared what resilience means to her: “For me, resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or struggles.”
    • March 1, 2021 – Irene said her biggest lessons from 2020 were: “My biggest lesson from 2020 is that I have to follow my passions. First, we never know what tomorrow will bring, so we have to be happy always through doing what we love. I also learned to save money because during this pandemic many people were suffering from hunger due to lockdown.”

Irene’S CIRCLE

  • M. Williams – Winchester, CA
  • E. Osakue – Brooklyn, NY
  • S. & G. Willis – Burlingame, CA

BIO

Irene was born and raised by a single mother in a rural area of Central Uganda until she was 10. At the age of 10, when her dad who was living Rwanda passed away, her step-mum asked her grandfather to bring her to Rwanda to live with her. Irene is the eldest among the 3 children (2 girls and 1 boy) with different mothers that her dad left behind. Irene’s step-mum treated her like her own daughter. She secured a partial sponsorship for Irene and her younger sister from New Life Ministries/ Bible Church for both primary and secondary school. When her step-mom moved to South Africa in 2015, Irene moved in with her uncle’s family where she is currently staying. Life to Irene means friends and family who you can trust and who trust you. She has learned to work hard and support others.

Irene is very happy to be pursuing a degree in Business Administration. She is grateful to These Numbers Have Faces for partnering with her.  Irene’s dream is to be an entrepreneur who is able to give back to her family and the community by creating job opportunities for needy young girls.

When she is free from her studies, Irene does home activities, like cooking and washing dishes. She also assists her uncle in his shop by serving the customers. She likes praying, watching football and spending time with friends.