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GRAD DATE: Aug 2020


    • December 1, 2020 – I am studying Nursing Sciences at the University of Rwanda. My dream is to become a nurse and boost the health of my community!
    • July 1, 2020 – We asked our students what makes them proud of their culture, and Samuel said: “My favorite thing about my culture which makes me proud is the culture of helping each other and sharing with one another. In my daily life, I try my best so that I practice this good habit and this makes me feel like I am alive but as people are becoming more modernized, this culture slows down especially in urban areas. In my village, when a neighbor calls for help, all people in the community will directly report themselves immediately and try to help. This strengthens relationship and love among my community members which gives me a good lesson that every one should live for his or her neighbors. To me, this is what I call life.”
    • March 30, 2020 – Samuel speaks English and Kinyarwanda.
    • March 30, 2020 – Samuel said his favorite drink is soda.
    • September 1, 2019 – This summer Samuel continued his Community Impact Project, working with health care providers to deliver health lessons in their villages. He wanted to work on this project so that it would be obvious that there was a change in the community. He hoped that both the people and the environment they’re living in would be healthier than before he began this project.
    • May 18, 2019 – This last semester, I learned that giving your time and attention to someone can heal his /her wounded heart. When I was doing an internship (clinical placement), I received a patient with severe depression. This mother had a lot of problems which made her lose all her hope. Taking medications was going to solve nothing because if I hadn’t given her my time and attention, no one would have known how deep her heart was wounded. After listening to the whole story, I started to build new hope for her through counseling. She went home healthy and free from depression. So let us give our time to others as a big gift of life.
    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to his life now, and his future career, Samuel said: “I understand servant leadership as an act of serving others with humility and kindness. A servant leader is one that leads by example. A servant leader is a leader that always keep in his mind that sole mission is to serve first and guide his people. He does not stand in front and let people follows his tract, rather he stands behind his people and makes sure no one is left behind. In my future career, I see myself implementing servant leadership through giving what I have to help those who will be in need of help, advocating for the community, sacrificing myself for the sake of whole community, and doing what it takes to promote and protect the health of the people.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Samuel wants to be known as a servant of God and others! This semester Samuel hopes to play a role in changing lives of people in his community!
    • July 7, 2018 – This last year was Samuel’s first at university, this proved to bring its own challenges. He said it took him a little while to get adjusted to life at university, and to find good friends, but by the end he was able to create friendships and learn how to prioritize his time so that he was able to stay on top of everything he needed to. This summer, he is looking forward to learning from and contributing to his community’s health development and improvement through his first clinical placement, as well as working on achieving some personal goals!
    • May 12, 2018 – Samuel values his life and other people, because without either he wouldn’t be where he is now.
    • March 25, 2018 – When Samuel was younger, he dreamt of being a doctor because the medical field was always interesting to him and he liked the idea of being able to help his friends and family who needed medical help. In five years, he hopes to be a competent man who is a servant leader in his community!
    • January 25, 2018 – Samuel said the book he read recently that he couldn’t put down until he finished was Doing Work That Matters by Justin Zoradi.
    • December 18, 2017 – On Christmas, Samuel says, Rwandans eat meals that have meat and dance a traditional dance called Umuhamirizo! A word Samuel thinks his friends would describe him as is “competitive” because he is always seeking for the best solutions to any problem.
    • October 8, 2017 – Samuel spent his summer at home helping his parents, and the most memorable time for him was when he had an excellent performance in his high school national examination. He is excited about being a student at the University of Rwanda as well as being one of the These Numbers Have Faces scholars, and is looking forward to learning from both of them.


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Early in life, Samuel’s family and neighbors saw talent and potential in him. As a part of a large family it was not easy to meet everyone’s needs, but Samuel’s desire for long-term change encouraged him to persist through those obstacles.  Samuel noticed early that there was a huge gap between those who needed healthcare care and the number of people qualified and willing to deliver it. He is excited to join the small number of professional and competent nurses in Rwanda after completing his university degree. But on top of meeting healthcare needs, Samuel dreams of giving back to his family — rebuilding their homes, providing financial support, and helping his younger siblings complete their education.   Samuel spends his spare time coordinating his local “Youth Impact Mission Club” coordinating other young people in his community to serve others. Not only this but he is now the vice chairperson of Rwanda Health Sciences Students Association and with his friends, they are dreaming of founding a non-government organization as one way of boosting community health.