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Jules

PROGRESS

OUR GOAL: A CIRCLE OF SUPPORTERS GIVING $350/MONTH OR $4200 FOR THE YEAR

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Rwanda

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA

Career Technology

Civil Engineering

CAREER: Civil Engineer

GRAD DATE: Aug 2021

JOURNEY

    • September 1, 2019 – JulesCesar was especially excited about this summer! He saw it as a time of personal growth. He wanted to start learning programming in hopes that by the end of the summer he could make an app.
    • May 18, 2019 – During the last semester, I have learned a lot of things, both at school and in the monthly leadership training.
      First, I learned to cope with stressful environments and demanding tasks. In the first year, we only had Rwandan lecturers and everything seemed easy and friendly. But this year, we had new lecturers, one of them is a foreigner. It was a little difficult in the beginning, but now I can handle that by asking help from colleagues and reading books.
      Also, I have learned a lot about servant leadership. I have learned that you don’t have to be harsh and rude to prove that you are a leader. It is also important to be understanding and compassionate, this does not portray weakness or inability, rather strength and ability.
    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to his life now, and his future career, Jules Cesar said: “I would define servant leadership as a form of leadership which involves more understanding than commanding. As the leader puts himself/herself in the followers’ shoes before making any decision. Simply put, it is leading with a follower’s perspective. Personally, I live a life of a servant leader almost every day, and it has impacted me positively, both inside and outside. I remember last year, with few high school friends, we started a group that would help us connect with each other and help one another in any case. It was tiresome, and demanded a lot of commitment to make it work. After few weeks, one of them came up to me and told me how exemplary I was to him, it was a minor gesture but it made me look back at what made him do so. And surprisingly, it was because I was a servant leader. In my career, I am planning to strengthen my servant leadership because I will work with many humble people and sometimes who are not even literate. So, if I don’t focus on that, I may end up asking one of the bricklayers why he hasn’t acquired a smartphone or doesn’t know how to use certain engineering software. While it couldn’t be possible, due to a number of reasons that I just can’t understand because I am not leading from his perspective.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Jules Cesar wants to be known as a person who succeeded despite all the challenges and obstacles he faced! He wants to inspire others to persist and never give up! This semester, he plans to focus on improving his social skills and punctuality!
    • July 7, 2018 – This last school year the thing that was the most challenging Jules Cesar was time management. He said he can vividly remember a time when he had multiple things to do in one day, he had meetings, had to pick up his phone from being repaired, and had to take a test in a class. He unfortunately ended up messing things up that day, however he was able to make his meeting with Auntie Jackie who gave him advice about time and stress management. He is now able to better prioritize and let go of what he cannot control, which has helped with his school and to know his limits in terms or taking on extra responsibilities. He has two big goals he wants to accomplish this summer, the first is to learn Spanish and the second is to learn how to drive a car! Outside of these two things he is looking forward to being home with his family and being able to cook with them, he said from what he can tell so far it’s going to be an amazing summer!
    • May 12, 2018 – The two things Jules Cesar values most are people and God, because he said that those are the two things he would sacrifice everything for. It is also because of those two things that he has been able to accomplish all of his achievements and is where he is in life now!
    • March 25, 2018 – When Jules Cesar was younger, he wanted to be a pilot because his father told him he would be a great pilot since he was doing so well in math! In five years, he hopes to be a good engineer that is serving his community and the country!
    • February 27, 2018 – Jules Cesar said that it is the love of his family and friends what inspires him to be better and to always go the extra mile! He wants to always push for a better and brighter future for those around him.
    • January 25, 2018 – Jules Cesar said the most interesting book he read was, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. One of his favorite lines is, “The sun rises for those who are already awake.”
    • December 18, 2017 – The main things Jules Cesar says people do to celebrate Christmas is eating special foods, usually made up of meat and rice, and wearing new clothes! Jules Cesar says the word he thinks his friends would use to describe him is “happy” because he always tries to have a smile on his face!
    • November 11, 2017 – Jules Cesar is thankful for what God has provided for him, and is excited for Christmas because it is a time where everyone gets together to spend time with family.
    • October 8, 2017 – Two things Jules Cesar says he was blessed by this summer was to be a part of the These Numbers Have Faces family, and to have had the chance to hear the word of God from an inspirational pastor. Jules Cesar is excited about starting a new life and to strive to be a great ambassador of his family as well as his community.

Jules’S CIRCLE

  • G. & J. Thurston – Portland, OR
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church – Portland, OR

BIO

Jules Cesar could have given up hope of education when his mom passed away in 2011 leaving a newborn baby to care for, but he knew that he must focus on the future. His vision stayed firmly on a career in civil engineering as a career that would provide for his family’s financial needs and his country’s infrastructure needs.

Wise beyond his years, Jules Cesar is excited to study Civil Engineering at university and to learn leadership skills with These Numbers have Faces because, “you cannot make bricks without straw, and you cannot make a community a better place without knowledge.”

Outside of school, Jules Cesar serves as a representative on the National Youth Council for his community — ensuring the wellbeing of students and representing the youth people of his town on a national level. He also co-founded a club called Inspire250 where they work on touring secondary schools around the area, inspiring the next group of students!