Christelle Kwizera, 20, is a young activist and aspiring social entrepreneur from Rwanda. Currently majoring in mechanical engineering at Oklahoma Christian University, Kwizera works full time to promote youth-led initiatives and help fellow young people achieve their full potential. Kwizera is the CFO of Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs of Rwanda, a platform for youth innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship that seeks to inspire and motivate young people as well as advocate to concerned governmental institutions. ELERwanda also helps promote innovative solutions in Rwanda. Kwizera was for the past three years the Chief Creative Officer of Isaro Foundation, a thriving non-profit that promotes the culture of reading and writing in Rwanda. She has worked to advocate for the needs of young people in regards to SRHR with UNFPA Rwanda in the summer of 2010 and 2013, during World Population Week; as a youth delegate to the IMNCH, where she was a panelist during a youth chill session with UNFPA's executive director; and as a speaker at the High Level Ministerial Meeting, part of the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning. She is currently interning with Water4 Foundation, a non-profit that provides water in certain African countries and empowers communities economically through their sustainable water drilling business model.
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