Callixte Ikuzwe

2022 Fellow from Rwanda

Callixte Ikuzwe has more than six years of experience in disability inclusion and independent living services. Currently, Callixte is program manager at Seeing Hands Rwanda. He focuses on inclusive community center program coordination and on developing barrier-free communities for children and persons with disabilities, using technology and activities carried out by persons with disabilities themselves. In 2017, Callixte initiated an independent living center for the blind. The project produced 50 graduates, who now advocate for other persons with disabilities. In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Callixte led a team that produced e-Mbaza, a software application that provides information on vaccination status, infection rates, and other COVID-19-related topics. Callixte holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and is pursuing a master's degree in Project Management. Callixte is motivated to make communities more inclusive through the creation of community centers that accommodate persons with disabilities. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Callixte plans to engage more community members in helping make their communities safe places for persons with disabilities. More persons with disabilities will be trained inclusively on activities that boost their economic participation and development to reach economic equality.

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