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Sylvia

PROGRESS

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

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Rwanda

Ines Ruhengeri

Career Law

Law

CAREER: Law

GRAD DATE: 2027

JOURNEY

    • April 16, 2024 – Our students shared what was most meaningful to them from our recent Leadership Development Workshop. Sylvia said: “The most meaningful lesson I got from the workshop conversation was about where I come from. They told us it’s not dependent on where you come from in order for someone to reach far! Even if the family support is not enough, I can work hard and trust in God, I can reach where others in my family didn’t reach. For example, in his speech Benson told us about his educational journey. He was a refugee from DR Congo and came to Rwanda, but that does not limit him from continuing his education, though it was not easy. He didn’t feel ashamed of where he was coming from. God provided for him with different opportunities including These Numbers Have Faces. Today, he finished his studies and now is one of the significant people in his family and the community. This gave me the lesson of working hard despite where I am coming from.”

Sylvia’S CIRCLE

Zion Lutheran Church – Portland, OR

BIO

Sylvia grew up in a poor, rural village in Uganda. Her parents are farmers. There are seven children in her family. She is the only girl, born fifth. Her brothers never finished high school, so Sylvia’s grandmother advised Sylvia’s parents to send her to Rwanda to give her a better opportunity to finish secondary school and maybe even go to university. Sylvia made the most of this opportunity. She graduated from secondary school with excellent grades. And now she’s the first in her family to attend university!

Sylvia attends Ines Ruhengeri, where she is studying Law. In addition to building her career, Sylvia’s dream is to work with teenage mothers, helping them build better lives for themselves. She also wants to be an advocate for the prevention of teen pregnancy, as well as for the education of girls. Both of these issues are huge, especially in rural communities.

Outside the classroom, Sylvia participates in a local club for teen mothers. She also volunteers at a nearby primary school, tutoring young children in first and second grade.