Read his story and be inspired…
My name is SalathielNtakirutimana, a proud beneficiary of a History Makers’ scholarship. Born in Burundi during a time of war, I lost my mother at a tender age, and in 1995 my Father was brutally murdered in our family home. Daily life became a struggle and we fled to a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there was no access to clean water and food, and we were constantly surrounded by disease and death. I longed for an opportunity to go to school and with only my faith to rely on I remained grounded on the Word, confident that God would intervene.
In 2010, I was blessed with a distinct opportunity to join the Higher Life Foundation family; I became a History Maker and went to study at the prestigious Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA in Swaziland. I am now a student at Harvard University where my experiences have been very enriching and have positioned me as a global leader. I serve on the Youth board of the UN Secretary General’s Global Initiative for Education where I have had the opportunity to meet and learn from many of the leaders who are shaping the future of the world including the UN Secretary General’s Global Envoy for Education Mr. Gordon Brown. I impact the world by sharing my experiences, and in February 2013 I was invited by Women Thrive Worldwide, a Global NGO to speak at their 5th Annual International Women’s Day (IWD) Breakfast on Capitol Hill.
I would have never had these opportunities had Higher Life Foundation not invested in my life. I would like to thank the Higher Life Foundation Patrons the Masiyiwa family for their vision, for believing in young people and raising a leader in me. Today, I am optimistic that my country, Burundi, is destined for greatness. To contribute, I have started a youth organisation, Youth Globe, which aims at inspiring young Burundians to work together, seize current and future opportunities for a better Burundi. Through Youth Globe, I envision a generation of well- informed, responsible and enterprising Burundians.