Success Stories | Cecile

Cecile is the first person in her family to attend college. She moved to America from Rwanda in 2020 and is still learning English, but gives 100% in conquering language barriers in her work. “I am nervous about college by also excited!”

Her mom works hard to raise five children, and all the children work to contribute financially to the household. Cecile wants to earn money to continue supporting her family both here and in Rwanda. Her program leaders boast of her amazing heart for others.

Eager to help those in need, Cecile is considering a career in social work or healthcare. She has shadowed a social worker and credits our Workforce Development program in Indiana with helping her to gain confidence and realize her people skills. She has been working at a nursing home as a resident assistant and has built beautiful relationships with those she serves.

“Cecile is such a thoughtful, resilient, and capable young woman. She has endured hardships in her country of origin, relocated, acclimated to a new culture, and supports her single mom—all with a smile! She will continue to be a force for good,” her program sponsor writes.

In a thank you note to the generous donors who allowed her to have her own laptop and textbooks for school through a Success Award, she writes: “Thank you for this opportunity and guidance that will guarantee the success and security of my education. I plan to pursue a degree in Psychology and enter the human service field, so I can benefit others the way you have helped me. I appreciate the financial assistance and (the staff member) who understood my situation and my needs – if she didn’t speak up for me, I would’ve still been struggling.”

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