The first year Lauren Rose traveled to Rwanda, whenever she introduced herself nobody could say or remember her name. She didn’t think much about it until the following year when she arrived in Ghana to volunteer at a rural clinic. At the airport, Francis asked her name. When she said, “Lauren”, Francis just looked confused. She tried again, “Lauren”. On the third try, Francis responded, “Do you have another name?” Lauren’s middle name is Rose so she said, “What about Rose?” Francis’s face lit up and he said, “Yes, we have Rose here. We will call you Rose.” So, for her entire time in Ghana, Lauren went by Rose.
After volunteering in Ghana, Lauren flew to Rwanda to work with a micro-loan organization. This was also the year she met Solome. On the way from the airport, Felix and Lauren were talking and she asked him if people had a hard time saying her name. Felix said, “Yes, we don’t have Lauren here and it’s hard to remember a name you’re not used to hearing.” Lauren asked Felix, “Well, what about Rose? Do you have Rose in Rwanda?”. Felix responded, “We don’t have Rose, in East Africa, we say Rosa”. So, Lauren went by Rosa the remainder of her time in Rwanda and the rest is history. During all her travels through Africa and Asia she goes by Rosa and it has now become her travel name. Even at home she now sometimes goes by Rosa because it makes her think of being in Rwanda.