Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Francois, his wife, and two young children were forced to flee their home and seek safety in Uganda, where they spent four years in a refugee camp. During their escape, Francois and his two older children were separated and have not had contact over the years since their daring escape. In his homeland, Francois was a pastor with a degree in theology. He had wanted to use his voice to highlight the abuses that he witnessed, but, instead, his family was targeted and persecuted for opposing the atrocities committed by military forces.
After a long and harrowing journey, Francois and his family arrived in the United States in 2014. Shortly after their arrival, Francois was introduced to Nile Sisters. He chose to enroll in the California family child-care home license vocational training in order to establish his own childcare business. Francois and his family are still learning to adjust to their life in the US, but having the child care license gives Francois freedom to generate his own income to support his family.