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CAREER: Accountant

GRAD DATE: Aug 2020


    • July 1, 2020 – We asked our students what makes them proud of their culture, and Oreste said: “My favorite thing about my culture that makes proud is being good listeners, the way it is in my daily life is that it helps me to understand different people and respond accordingly.”
    • March 30, 2020 – Oreste speaks Kinyarwanda and English.
    • March 30, 2020 – Oreste said his favorite drink is milk.
    • September 1, 2019 – Oreste spent half of his summer at home helping his mom and spending time with his family and half of his summer in an academic internship.
    • May 18, 2019 – This semester I learned to be a competitor in everything that I do. I realized that I must have the spirit of competition if I want to be at the top. Being persistent despite the different challenges that I meet in daily life.
    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to his life now, and his future career, Oreste said: “I define servant leadership as a way of living in our daily life to serve before being served by others. The way I see myself implementing servant leadership in future is paying forward, to my society and others who need my help, for what I have been given.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Oreste wants to be known as a humble person, who really cares for other people! He anticipates that this semester will be challenging as he adjusts to a new campus.
    • July 7, 2018 – Oreste’s biggest challenge he overcame this last school year was group projects. This year his teacher structured group project differently than he was used to. After meeting with his group and finding roles for everyone, his role was as secretary, they were able to work well together and accomplish their projects! This summer, he is looking forward to spending time with his family and participating in different activities at home. He is also hoping to find a part time job, as well as volunteer opportunities to give back to his community!
    • May 12, 2018 – Oreste values people and being true to who he is, because it is through people’s help and influence that he is who he is today!
    • March 25, 2018 – When Oreste was younger, he wanted to be a soldier because he lived behind a military camp and would attend some of the activities they put on! In five years, he hopes to be experienced enough in his career to run his own business!
    • February 27, 2018 – Someone who is very inspirational for Oreste is the founder of Agahozo Shalom Village, Anne Heyman, because she is hardworking and inspires him to never give up!
    • January 25, 2018 – Oreste recently read, Becoming Your Best. It helped him to realize that being true to your character means that your actions should reflect your beliefs!
    • December 18, 2017 – Oreste explains that since most Rwandans are Christians they usually go to church on Christmas and they wear new clothes. After church families gather together to share a meal together with meat and potatoes. The words Oreste thinks his friends would describe him as is “persistent” because he never gives up easily.
    • November 11, 2017 – This holiday season Oreste is thankful for the Lord’s protection towards his mother! He is also thankful for the support of These Numbers Have Faces to attend university. Oreste mostly enjoys Christmas with his family together.
    • October 8, 2017 –  Oreste spent his summer at home with his mom, sister and younger brothers. He is so excited to see his friends at school again.
    • May 25, 2017 – Something Oreste wishes more people knew about Rwanda is that their history is far more than the 1994 Genocide.
    • March 28, 2017 – When asked about the 3 things he values most, Oreste said caring for others, working hard and being true to himself!
    • February 13, 2017 – Oreste feels empowered when he sees how his character influences others in a positive way. This helps him see that he can be the leader his community needs!
    • January 17, 2017 – Life isn’t without challenges. Last year, a challenge Oreste faced was transitioning to life at University. With everything being new, Oreste learned how to adapt and be proactive in order to succeed.
    • December 8, 2016 – Oreste has a good first term at school, and as 2017 approaches his plans are to start a study group with his classmates so that he and his fellow students can improve in their courses!
    • October 14, 2016 – It was a busy summer for Oreste helping build irrigation systems. Oreste worked as a supervisor where he learned about managing big groups of people.



Oreste grew up in a village in Rwanda’s Eastern Province, living with his mother, brother, sister, and aunt. Oreste lost his father in the 1994 Genocide, and his mother and sister were both left with injuries as a consequence of the violence. The most-able of his family to work, Oreste has always had many responsibilities and been highly motivated to succeed in order to better take care of his family.

However, as his mother’s health worsened, Oreste felt he couldn’t pursue higher education, so he could stay at home to help his ailing mother. Noticing her son’s loss of hope, one day Oreste’s mother asked him why he was no longer passionate about school. “Won’t you be able to take better care of yourself, our family and community if you had a degree?” With that, Oreste’s hope returned. He poured himself into his studies and today is he studying Accounting at the National University of Rwanda!