Did you know that a 9 year old orphan living in a dumpster managed to make his way through…


This is the inspirational story of a 9 year old orphaned boy living in a dumpster, who managed to make his way through Harvard.

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Meet Justus Uwayesu, a 22 year old university student, who once lived in a dumpster in Rwanda, Africa. Justus spent 9 years of his life living in unimaginable misery. Both of his parents died when he was only 3 years old and he was forced to live in a dumpster outside of his hometown. The orphan found shelter in an old burned car in the dump with some other kids, who had the same fate. He would spend days without fresh food and he didn’t bathe for a whole year. He would see other children coming back from school and playing with each other in their fancy uniforms, and he would dream of a life that he couldn’t have.


Fortunately for him, one kind social worker managed to help him achieve the life and goals he dreamt of.
At the age of 9 he was found by the said social worker and unlike the rest of the orphans living in the dumpster, he didn’t run away when he saw her. Instead, he told her he wanted to go to school. She helped him enroll into a primary school and he finished on top of his class. In fact, he kept going through the years with straight As. When he graduated from high school the social services helped him set up his application for Harvard.

Nowadays Justus is 22 years old and he’s a freshman at Harvard. He has helped several charities looking out for other poor kids and orphans, he’s fluent in English, French, Lingala and Swahili and he’s currently on his way to getting a science degree from Harvard.


Written by Patrick Bennet

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