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Lydia

PROGRESS

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

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University of Tourism and Business

Career Law

Tourism & Travel Management

CAREER: Tourism & Travel Manager

GRAD DATE: July 2020

JOURNEY

    • March 30, 2020 – Lydia speaks Kinyarwanda and English.
    • March 30, 2020 – Lydia said her favorite drink is juice.
    • September 1, 2019 – Lydia’s top priority this summer was to practice her driving and work towards her driver’s license.
    • May 18, 2019 – During this semester, I have learned a lot of things, especially during a community impact project. When I was doing it I got an opportunity to talk to young ladies about their private lives and they were very open to me. So through them, I learned that we should first know the cause before judging someone.
    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to her life now, and her future career, Lydia said: “Servant leadership is a leadership whereby a leader helps society and his or her main objective is to serve them in the right way. I think as a future leader I should learn how become a leader who serve others with a good heart and without any benefit to myself.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Lydia wants to be known for her determination and for helping others!
    • July 7, 2018 – This last school year Lydia was very busy with student organizations, community service projects, volunteering, and various trainings. At times this busy schedule was very difficult for her. However, she was able to learn how to prioritize her activities and make a schedule for better time management, which helped her to accomplish everything she needed to! This summer, she is looking forward to trying new things and stepping out of her comfort zone more!
    • May 12, 2018 – Lydia values life and her faith, because she believes there is nothing more important than your faith and taking care of and valuing your life.
    • March 25, 2018 – When Lydia was younger, her mom worked in an orphanage school, and she hoped that when she grew up she would be able help in the orphanages as well! In five years, she sees herself owning her own tourism/safari company, working towards being amongst the best tour managers in Rwanda!
    • February 27, 2018 – The person who inspires Lydia the most is her mother, because she has always told Lydia that women are strong, wise, and capable of following their dreams!
    • January 25, 2018 – Lydia recently read a book for one of her classes called The Introduction of Business Tourism which talked a lot about the benefits of tourism, it made her very excited about her class and future career!
    • December 18, 2017 – Lydia says that she celebrates Christmas by eating special meals, and dancing! She says that her friends would describe her as a singer because she loves to sing!
    • November 11, 2017 – Lydia is thankful to God for allowing her to have the opportunity to be a part of the These Numbers Have Faces family. Lydia loves Christmas because it reminds her of the birth of Jesus, and she gets to spend it home with her family.
    • October 8, 2017 – Lydia was lucky enough to get a holiday temporary job that helped her and her family to cover some basic needs. Lydia also participated in a voice singing competition and got the third position, which won her a free tour in one the biggest national parks of Rwanda. Lydia is excited to do things on her own and at the right time.

Lydia’S CIRCLE

  • A. Jackson – Mount Holly, NC

BIO

Lydia grew up in a dark part of town, where it was filled with memories of the 1994 Genocide and created a community where her siblings had to remain inside for safety. She and her two older sisters were raised by their mother who worked hard by selling food in the market so she could support her girls. 

Striving to give back to her mom and contribute to the family’s needs, Lydia works hard by singing traditional songs in weddings, goes on various TV programs to increase awareness of Rwandan Culture, volunteers in Tour Companies to get more knowledge of Travel and Tourism management, the course she’s taking in University. Using the knowledge and empowerment and leadership skills she gets from These Numbers Have Faces, she empowers other young girls in schools to be themselves and know what they want in life and what they need to do to get it. She also strives to be strong in her religious beliefs and works as a worship leader at her church. She aspires to create jobs for youth in Travel and Tourism Management to build Rwanda’s economy, and provide joy to others.