At the Heart of It All:
Same Sky Scholars share their dreams

Colleen Napolitano

Posted on February 14 2017

With a little opportunity and a lot of hard work, the Same Sky Scholars are writing their own amazing success stories.

Same Sky Scholar Tuyisenge Joyeuse


I am Tuyisenge Joyeuse, a Same Sky Scholar in my first year of electrical engineering studies at the Kwame Nkurumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.

I believe strongly in the quote, "Where there's a will, there's a way." I learned this from my family: we survived by farming on small stretch of infertile land. It wasn't easy for my parents to pay school fees and feed our family - a lot of sweat went into it. Despite all my hindrances, I courageously pursued my studies. Luckily, the Same Sky Foundation intervened when my education was about to languish, and I am grateful for their kindness. Through my sponsorship, I managed to successfully complete my A-level and was among the best students in the country. The Rwandan government recognized my work by providing me with the opportunity to pursue university outside the country.

This academic year, my goals include scoring excellent grades and being punctual in lectures. I want to be a good engineer and inspire all the girls in my country. I will mentor people on how to become important after a long journey full of hindrances and resilience, inspired by a wonderful talk from [Same Sky founder] Francine in Rwanda.


Nyiransinzi Raissa
My name is Nyiransinzi Raissa. I'm 22 years old and a first-year nursing student and Same Sky Scholar at the University of Gitwe's School of Medicine and Health Science.

With support from the Same Sky Foundation, I was able to study my desired course in nursing. I’m proud of my studies to be a nurse, my wish from childhood because I like caring for people and giving aid to those who need it. I choose to help my family, society, and my country by promoting health.

My goal this year is to work hard so that I will excel in my studies and get excellent grades. I want to play with my school's volleyball and basketball teams. I still face many challenges, like lacking a laptop for research and communication and shortages of medical supplies and equipment. But I am determined to study hard to achieve my dreams.


Uwase Odilla
I am Uwase Odilla, a 19-year-old Same Sky Scholar in my first year studying dental therapy at the University of Rwanda's School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Being in university is like being in heaven - I never expected to be able to attend university in my lifetime. I thank God for bringing the Same Sky Foundation to us, giving us hope and providing support so that our lives shine.

My main goal in this academic year is to get excellent grades - and I want to carry out research involving dental surgery! I want to develop my creative, critical thinking so I can be a hard worker with a helping heart - for me, my family, my country, and the world.

My greatest ambition is to work and serve in war zones where the innocent and vulnerable need care.


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