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Olivier G



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Career Technology

Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering

CAREER: Engineer

GRAD DATE: July 2021


    • September 8, 2022 – Olivier discusses the biggest changes in his life since the end of the COVID restrictions: “After the COVID-19 restrictions lifted, I felt like face masks and not joining big groups was to be a new norm. So far it taught me to use my time and take care of myself because we never know what’s next.”
    • September 13, 2021 – Olivier shared his favorite song and what it means to him: “My song is “Be Kind” by Sedy Djano, featuring Riderman and Social Mula: This song illustrates the way I wish the world would be. If only we could be kind to each other, everyone would love the gift of love. But when it comes to music, “Hotel California” is my all time favorite song. I love the instrumental — more about the guitar. I just felt like sharing this!!!”
    • July 16, 2021 – Olivier shared what resilience means to him: “To me, resilience means the adaptation and flexibility to change more, especially when life and this world is full of surprises.”
    • March 1, 2021 – Olivier said his biggest lesson from 2020 was: “I learned that saving should be a big part in my life and that God has full control.”
    • July 1, 2020 – We asked our students what makes them proud of their culture, and Olivier said: “In my culture, I like the Rwandan food, especially cassava! And I see this as a thing that make us unique!”
    • March 30, 2020 – Olivier speaks Kinyarwanda, English, French very well and a little Swahili.
    • March 30, 2020 – Olivier said his favorite drink is Sprite soda!
    • September 1, 2019 – Olivier spent his summer working on his project for his final year and the report to accompany that project. He also finished an internship! Even though it was a busy summer for him, he still found time to visit family and friends.
    • May 18, 2019 – At school this semester, a teacher told us that “only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live”. I think I need to hold on to this lesson – not being afraid that I can do anything I want to, which is the way to success.
    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, Olivier said: “To me servant leadership is all about being simple and understanding the problems of the people you are leading rather than considering your own profit. This will help me as future leader.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Olivier wants to be known as a technological engineer who introduced an industry revolution for ethical technology. He is hopeful that this will be his most successful semester yet!
    • July 7, 2018 – Olivier’s biggest challenge this last school year was a big project as part his final exam from a new teacher. He worked really hard, and even had a 20 hour day, but was able to prepare himself for the assignment and exam! This summer, he is looking forward to spending time with his parents and friends! He is also hoping to get an internship to further develop his skills in engineering.
    • May 12, 2018 – Olivier values helping others and following God, because through help from others and his faith in God he has stayed on a positive path in life.
    • March 25, 2018 – When Olivier was younger, he wanted to be a doctor because that is what his parents encouraged him to pursue so he could take care of others. In five years, he hopes to be a top engineer with his own electrical engineering company!
    • February 27, 2018 – Olivier got the nickname Copango, because his younger brother couldn’t pronounce his name very well so that is what he called him. The person who inspires Olivier the most is his father, because he is a very caring and loving father!
    • January 25, 2018 – Olivier said the most interesting thing he has read recently that he just couldn’t put down was the These Numbers Have Face’s Leadership Guide. His favorite part was Esther Mbabazi’s story!
    • December 18, 2017 – Olivier says that Christmas is a holiday that most Rwandans celebrate, and they usually eat meals that have meat, rice and peas. Olivier thinks that his friends would describe him as “humble” because he always tries his best do live a humble life.
    • October 8, 2017 – One of the best moments of Olivier’s summer was when he got accepted into the These Numbers Have Faces leadership program! Another memorable moment for Olivier was when he got his driver’s license. He is excited about starting his second year at university.

Olivier G’S CIRCLE

  • G. & J. Richmond – Portland, OR


Born into a community and family devastated by the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, Olivier’s family lived day-to-day toward healing. Day by day, Olivier sees further evidence of reconciliation and cooperation in his village.  

With 9 children in school, and a mother who is very ill, Olivier’s father works as hard as possible to reap the best harvest to pay for school fees. The family’s dedication to education is evident by the sacrifices they have made for each of the kids. 

To continue a lifelong passion for technology and robotics, Olivier pursued a degree in Electronics and Telecommunication, currently studying software engineering at University. He will play a vital part in his developing city, and dreams of bringing efficiency, technology, and jobs to his neighbors. 

Olivier is passionate about working with others and being in service of the community! He is an adviser to many committees, a treasurer of his choir, and a member of his school’s basketball team.