My name is Janvier Tuombe. I currently work as Human Resources Assistant at Skills for Change. My daily duties include: participating in the full recruitment cycle (job posting creation, candidate screening, interviews), Employee orientation, development & training logistics, record keeping, providing basic guidance & solutions to employee inquiries on various HR-related issues, maintaining employee files and the digital HR filing system among other administrative duties. I also conduct balance and wellness session every week on Wednesdays, this is an initiative that aims at maintaining employees engagement and ensure that employees receive support.
I was a refugee from Rwanda, my parents fled our country during 1994 genocide war. I speak Swahili and English. I was born in Tanzania and grew up in Kenya. I lived and grew up in Kakuma Refugee Camp for over 15 years under the support of the UNHCR agency. While in the camp, I worked hard in school as education was the only key to changing our lives, and hard work yielded results when I first got my first scholarship to Kenyatta University in 2014 through Windle International Kenya and pursued Business Management and graduated in 2016. After high school and university, I worked as an incentive teacher for a program called KEEP funded by Windle International NGO. In this role, I used to provide girls in primary and secondary education with tuition on the subject of difficulties, mentorship, counseling, supplying essential materials to them and also do community outreach and follow up on girls that dropped out of schools and ensure they came back to school, as there was a low attendance of girls in schools. For example, in one class of 100 students you would find a total of 10 girls in class. I also did my internship after university in a role as an Administrative Clerk of the Human Resource Department at Africa Blooms LTD in Nakuru, Kenya. I have always been interested in working as an HR, because I love helping people and know that I have secured my first role with SFC it is a dream come true.
I came to Canada in June 2018. My family came to Canada through my elder sister. She moved to Canada in 2012 through World University Service of Canada (WUSC) to study at Brock University, then later on she did research on how families are resettled to Canada and managed to get us here. I am really glad that I am living in Canada right now. Having lived outside my original homeland for a long time without status, I am really glad that finally I am a resident in Canada. Canada is a beautiful country, I like the diversity, there is so many cultures especially in Toronto and I do enjoy trying out different kind of foods, interacting with people from various background and learn some new things from different cultures.
Life is difficult and challenging back home due to limited resources that cannot support everyone like political instability and cultural barriers. I used to feel bad whenever i see someone giving up on their dream just because they cannot afford to pursue anything they want to. A lot of girls back in the camp dropped off school and there was so many cases of early marriage/forced marriage. Kakuma Refugee Camp is located in the North West part of Kenya, which is a semi-Arid area where the weather is not conducive. It is characterized of extreme heat, we experienced very hot sunny days throughout the year and sometimes it rains leading to floodings. I left so many people behind in the Camp, my hope one day is that I may be able to go back and help other refugees and change their lives.