Catching up With Christine. Her journey, experience and words of wisdom to her peers.
Christine, tell us about your relationship with Kesho?
I have known Kesho now for eight years. After successfully finishing Primary School I did not have the means to join Secondary School. The head teacher of my Primary School referred me to Kesho Organization. I was given a sponsorship and joined Limuru Girl High School.
What did you do after finishing with Secondary School?
Through Kesho I got to know about scholarship opportunities at CfC Stanbic Bank. I applied and was given a scholarship that was awarded to only two students at that time at United States International University-Africa in Nairobi. I studied Business Administration and am awaiting my graduation expecting a GPA of 3.5 out of 4.
Congratulations Christine! What are your plans for the future?
I have responsibilities to my family and the community. I am looking for a job and would like to work for a number of years before going back to school. In the past I depended on others and it is now time for me to give back. I have eight younger siblings and they have to go to school, they need food and I want to assist in that.
What is your best memory with Kesho?
The day I was awarded the CfC Stanbic Bank scholarship I just went straight to the Kesho office. I had to tell the Kesho staff that I succeeded and had to share my joy and happiness. It was Kesho who informed me about that scholarship opportunity. They assisted me with the application process and we did mock interviews so that I was prepared for the application interview. I will never forget that moment and how I felt about it.
What kind of advise would you give young people who want to follow your footsteps?
Follow your passion! It is easier to achieve your goal if you do something you are passionate about. Education is the best thing you can do. It opens your mind and makes you realize your potential. When you are in Secondary School and University, maybe even far from home, you might see strange things. Stay true to yourself. Don’t copy your peers and live within your means.
Christine, we wish you all the best for your future.
In December 2013 we wrote in our Blog about Mbigo (Blog December 2013). He was the first student to support another Kesho student in need. Two years have passed since; time to see how Mbigo is doing.
Mbigo, what are you currently doing?
I am now in my final year (Pursuing a degree in Informatics at Moi University Eldoret) and normally use the holidays to practice what I have been learning. I assist my peers if they have computer problems and I engage a lot in programming. Together with three classmates we have formed a group that looks out for small contracts to work on a freelance basis. We are successful since we have gotten some contracts.
How do you keep in touch with Kesho and how do you still support Kesho?
When I am at University I keep in touch via social media; mostly through the Alumni network. I also ‘give back’ by volunteering; just recently I helped Kesho assessing donated Laptops and I did some data entry for analyzing purpose. I also still support a Kesho student whenever I have the means. Recently I met the student for the first time and it was a very rewarding experience. He performs very well what gives me even more motivation to support him.
I have also been supportive in training secondary school boys and girls in basic computer skills. This is a 8-day event that seeks to empower the students with computer skills during the April school Holiday.
|Mbigo assisting students during computer training
Your journey with Kesho started a while back. How has your relationship with Kesho changed over the year?
I still view Kesho as the organization, which does fantastic work. It is just great what Kesho does and I am grateful for the support I receive.
What do you wish for Kesho?
As I said, Kesho does fantastic work. I would wish that Kesho could expand its geographical reach because I believe that Kesho has a unique approach. Their support is holistic and does not only focus on educational but also on social needs.
What kind of message would you like to share with children and youth in Kilifi County?
There are lots of opportunities out there and its important to utilize those opportunities. You have to go out of your way; the ones who want to help will not look for you. Never give up and be optimistic.
What are your plans for the future?
After completing my studies I would like to still further my education. I am considering courses on ‘ethical hacking’ and ‘security’, which I believe focuses on important aspects in the informatics world. I mentioned that I and three of my classmates have formed a group; we called it iteqSoft. It is our plan to become a professional IT consulting firm.
Mbigo, thank you for this interview and your continuous ‘give back’ to Kesho. We wish you all the best!