Alice Marie Liliane Utamuriza

Outreach Project Officer, Aspire UNSW2015 Sydney Fellowship

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I got power, courage and confidence assisting me to inspire more people and bring awareness of the importance of sustainability.

What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL?

I got power, courage and confidence assisting me to inspire more people and bring awareness of the importance of sustainability.

Why are you passionate about sustainability? What was the moment or event that made you decide to become a ‘change maker’ in your field?

I felt for the first time that we need sustainability when I was working in Rwanda and after asking myself many questions about how we can manage the few resources we have in Rwanda. Bellow are some of the questions I had during that time.

Rwanda is a very small, poor and landlocked country. It has a lot of population and this increase very quickly. Only few people can find proper water for drinking, many of them drink water from the small lakes and rivers in the country. Some people in rural Rwanda still walking for hours every day to collect water from rivers. And these rivers are brimming with contaminants--pollutants from villages upstream and bacteria that can cause diarrhea, a leading killer of children. Another big issue is that over 80% of them depend entirely on agriculture which also one of the contamination factors. No technology for improving this situation. The population of Rwanda faces so many other issues including lack of the basic needs and not many people are focusing on sustainability. We need sustainability to preserve the few resources we have and to satisfy the future generations.

Aspire the program I work with is an outreach program designed for students from Low Income Socio Economic background to raise awareness and aspirations towards higher education. Working with these students helped me to think about my personal sustainability. As one of this group,I find it very important to have sufficient power, skill, and resources to accomplish this job.

How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?

I felt for the first time that we need sustainability when I was working in Rwanda and after asking myself many questions about how we can manage the few resources we have in Rwanda. Bellow are some of the questions I had during that time. Rwanda is a very small, poor and landlocked country. It has a lot of population and this increase very quickly. Only few people can find proper water for drinking, many of them drink water from the small lakes and rivers in the country. Some people in rural Rwanda still walking for hours every day to collect water from rivers. And these rivers are brimming with contaminants--pollutants from villages upstream and bacteria that can cause diarrhea, a leading killer of children. Another big issue is that over 80% of them depend entirely on agriculture which also one of the contamination factors. No technology for improving this situation. The population of Rwanda faces so many other issues including lack of the basic needs and not many people are focusing on sustainability. We need sustainability to preserve the few resources we have and to satisfy the future generations. Aspire the program I work with is an outreach program designed for students from Low Income Socio Economic background to raise awareness and aspirations towards higher education. Working with these students helped me to think about my personal sustainability. As one of this group,I find it very important to have sufficient power, skill, and resources to accomplish this job.

In 25 words or less, tell us why leadership for sustainability is important.

The leadership for sustainability is very important because it addresses the challenges involved in improving and sustaining an effective management of the resources to meet the needs of people and makes recommendations for future activity.

What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?

Connection is the main focus for the future. I want to get connected to many people and get more power to help for the change.

Always set my goals, daily plan for my goals, and work hard toward the goals without wasting time. I will continue my professional development, trust myself and let go any doubts.

What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?

Incredible, Helpful, enjoyable

Alice can be contacted via Email: lilianeutamuriza@yahoo.com

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