Hyacinthe grew up in the orphanage that Fr. Jean Bosco established at his family’s home in Bistibo, Rwanda, after the 1994 genocide that took Fr. Jean’s, Hyacinthe’s, and many others’ family members.
With the help of Fr. Jean she came to Hudson, OH in 2011 to become part of a family and continue her education. She received her high school diploma from Our Lady of Elms and then went on to graduate from Walsh University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing. She earned her RN license and took a job as a Pediatric RN at Akron Children’s Hospital. She loves working with infants and toddlers in particular.
She loves to describe the beauty of Rwanda and the Rwandan people. “Rwanda is very lush, mountainous, and green. It is a comfortable temperature with little humidity. Wild animals roam the national parks, but monkeys run wild. Rwanda is called the Land of a Thousand Hills, and it is the home of many gorillas.”
“We are very friendly, communal, and personal. We call everyone by their first name. So it is very unfortunate that we had such a violent, sad, and life altering time in our history. But Rwanda is rebuilding through reconciliation, hard work, unification, and economic advances.”
“Not all Rwandan children have the opportunity for an education. It isn’t like here in the U.S. where it is the right of every child to receive an education. With this school that we’re raising money for, there are children who will now have the opportunity for education where there was little hope. It will change this district in dramatic ways. This school will bring opportunity and growth. We are hardworking people, even as students. This will be a great benefit to our country.”
“Rwandans are moving past the hurt, especially the youth who make up a large part of our population. We learn from our mistakes. We won’t allow the past to define our future.”