Christiane Umutoni was born in Rwanda but spent part of her childhood living in neighboring Burundi, where her family moved when she was just two years old. When she was seven, her family returned to their motherland, Rwanda. Exposure to these different environments as a child shaped her into a strong, resilient girl. Christiane recently graduated from Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST), an outstanding girls’ school located in the east of Rwanda, where she was awarded full scholarship for her academic excellency. Outside of the classroom, Christiane spent her three years as a leader of GGAST’s Community Service Club, where she tutored at a nearby primary school, cleaned homes of the elderly twice a month, and donated school materials to poor children in the neighborhood. She recently completed her SHE-CAN Take the Lead project, where she purchased health insurance cards for some of the poorest primary school children that she used to tutor. She knows that many students drop out of school due to untreated illness, and hopes that providing health insurance to families that cannot pay for medical care services will improve children’s attendance and performance at school. Christiane has always been passionate about technology and wants to pursue a degree in Computer Science, which she will use to contribute to the innovation and expansion of technology in Rwanda. She will start her freshman year at Beloit College this fall.