"My name is Janet. I was born in 1991. I don't have any family member but I have one foster sister who looks after me. In 1994, I have lost all my family members during the Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi. I'm the only survivor in my family. At the end of the genocide against Tutsi, I have lived in foster family and I thought that they were my parents until the date I started primary school. I came to know that they were not my parents and I have chosen 1991 as my year of birth because other children of our neighbors who seem to be of the same age were born in 1991. When I lived in that foster family, they mistreated me at the point of letting me sometimes spend the night outside on the ground and without even eating. I have been very patient for all those mistreatment because I knew that I'm an orphan. I had to be patient and tolerate any treatment I was getting from them. I know and am convinced that I will never see and know my parents.

As I was living together with other orphans, one of them after seeing how I was very young that time and don't have any one to take care of me, she started to take care of me by giving me some basic needs such as clothes, shoes and other stuff. She did all this while she was still a student in secondary school. It was also difficult for her to get the money to cater for both of us in everything.

When she finished secondary school, she started struggling for a new life in order to get a job so she can continue helping me by trying to see if I can be able to go to school. Because of all those problems she was facing, she didn't manage to go to university.

When I was in Secondary 2, the foster family chased me out of their home and my friend whom I call my sister today, tried to find out how to accommodate both of us by our own but it was so difficult as she was earning a lower salary but she has managed to get a job and we are still living together as sisters.

My biggest dream in life is to be successful and become an exemplary woman by doing my work well with dedication, and using my knowledge wherever I can to help the neediest people throughout my community. I dream of being a role model and an inspiration to most girls of my country through my professional career. May God help me to achieve this. In my mother tongue they say "Imbuto z'umugisha zera ku giti cy' Umuruho" literary translated as "The seeds of blessing, grows up out of a painful tree. Thank you."

- Janet


My biggest dream in life is to be successful and become an exemplary woman by doing my work well with dedication, and using my knowledge wherever I can to help the neediest people throughout my community. I dream of being a role model and an inspiration to most girls of my country through my professional career.
— Janet