Chelsea Hilda Gaju
Chelsea was born in Gisenyi, in the western province of Rwanda, as the youngest in a family of seven children. She is a graduate of Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology. Chelsea feels fortunate to have attended Gashora, as it is among the most competitive schools in the country. During her time at Gashora, she was a school photographer for two years, an active member of Girl Up Club (a club which aims to empower women and girls), and an active member of the Tutoring Club, where she taught English to primary students at a nearby school. Chelsea is also an accomplished poet and had been selected to present poetry at school events. In the past, Chelsea partnered with the Tutoring Club to teach English at Gashora Primary School for her SHE-CAN Take The Lead. Chelsea mentored the younger tutors to ensure that they were fully equipped and prepared with the skills and knowledge to teach English with excellence. In 2016, Chelsea began a summer internship at Kasha, a consumer technology platform co-founded by one of her mentors, which sells and delivers women’s health and personal care products. Chelsea was an assistant marketing strategist at Kasha, broadening her understanding of marketing products and also what is needed to start a business in Rwanda. Chelsea is currently a freshman at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she majors in Environmental Studies. Having always been a true admirer of Rwanda’s beautiful nature, Chelsea hopes to pursue a career implementing regulations that protect the environment, which she believes is essential to the sustainable economic and social development of Rwanda. She hopes to use her time at Beloit to learn some of the latest, most innovative techniques to protect the natural environment – particularly that of Rwanda.