Nadine is a quiet girl born in 2011 who is fortunate to live with both parents. In a small one-bedroom crowded home made of mud, Nadine has 6 siblings, 3 of them brothers and 3 sisters.
Her father makes an income as a night guard and her mother is a hired street cleaner, a job that requires her to sweep the streets from dusk till dawn, a very dangerous job. The parents did not have formal education which certainly contributes to their lack of ability in getting better jobs. However, despite these challenges, the family is happy and somewhat stable. They understand that they all need to share their efforts and blessings with the rest of the family whenever possible. It gives them hope.
Nadine is severely falling behind in school. She is now only in the first grade of primary school, a grade that is held mostly by children 3 years younger than she. Her favorite subject to learn is the Rwanda native language of Kinyarwanda. She is happy that she also gets to be with one of her brothers Yvan here at Hope Shines. Nadine likes jumping rope on her free time while playing and she is excited to make new friends at Hope Shines. For now, Nadine says that when she grows up she wants to become a driver.