Theogene Ntakirutimana is Rwandan man that joined the Hope Shines team in January 2016 as a facilities manager. Theo comes from a family including his mother and five siblings and is the primary bread winner and head of household. Times weren’t always like this for Theo. He is a former street child, who eventually found a home in an orphanage in Kigali called Les Enfants de Dieu (The Children of God). There, he developed the necessary life skills and support needed to pick himself back up and get back onto a positive track. He is a student at heart and he likes learning and speaking English and frequently draws on his life challenges as a youth to mentor and support the Hope Shines children. He has also taken up the role of being a big brother to the kids, giving them advice to help them plan better for their future. In addition to managing the learning center and keeping it secure, he also assists in dance training at the center.