2016 Annual Conference

DSCN0053 PATHWAYS LEADERSHIP FOR PROGRESS held its annual conference at the PEC Guest House in Ngong, Kenya from April 30 to May 1, 2016. The program was run by third year scholar Eric Lemungesi, who emphasized the need for group cohesion by discussing the proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together”. Among the speakers were Michael Murigi (alumnus) on the topic of leadership and integrity in Kenya and Joy Mbaabu on the importance of communication, especially in the way of expectations. Time was taken to discuss the importance of wellness, physical as well as mental, and even everyone participated in a short yoga class. Finally, as a fun exercise and to think about where their life path is headed, the scholars wrote what they think their epitaphs would be (see below).

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  1. Erick Baringo:“1994-2070.”Eric was a peace loving person who brought smiles to many. He will be highly remembered for many good things he has done. May his soul rest in eternal life”
  2. Marilyn Nyabuti: “Daktari always walked in the light. May she R. I. P…”
  3. Samuel Akolom:“Samuel fought for the rights of people…”
  4. Isaac Obago:“He achieved his goals. May he R. I. P….”
  5. Ascarnancy Bako:“Ascar was a joyful person who put a roof over the heads of many…”
  6. Catherine Kabaire:“BORN: 29.12.1991,SUNSET: …“You were a great leader, have treated many, you are irreplaceable. We love you but god loved you more
  7. Annastacia Nzuki:“A professor with a name i.e. mama Lucy…”
  8. Monicah Nyambura:“Here lies a woman who inspired many and gave her all to the community…”
  9. Justas Salach:“A great teacher of his time…”
  10. Brian Maluki:“Was a true leader who helped many to build destinies…”
  11. Shadrack Shitseswa:“Your body can be dead but millions of your big heart are alive…”

 

Emory MPH Students Return from Kenya

11831793_10204904912558617_9211021155045291062_n_zpsspykijglAugust 2015 Megan Light and Nicole Janes carried out a community health worker training and assessment in conjunction with the Ministry of Health in Kajiado North Sub-County as part of their Emory University MPH practicum. They worked under the direction of PATHWAYS Vice-President in Kenya, Dr. Mbaabu Mathiu.  Pictured from left to right are Megan Light, Dr. Mathiu, His Wife Joy Mbaabu and Nicole Janes). Catherine Kaimenyi, the Student Coordinator of PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress remarked, “The students are so enthusiastic to learn new things and bonded with the scholars so well. This exchange emerged to be so exciting and we look forward to more of such.  I attended their training today and they are amazing trainers, very sociable and likable – they connected so well with the trainees.  I listened to the income generation activity training in particular which was very simplified to meet the needs of the learners.” It was very beneficial to have Megan and Nicole provide assistance to the Ministry of Health as well as interact with the PATHWAYS scholars.

Emory MPH Students Visit PATHWAYS Project

from left Nicole, Eunita, Ckaimenyi, Catherine and   MeganJuly 18, 2015 Scholar Coordinator and mentor, Catherine, Kaimenyi, led a project visit to PATHWAYS scholar Catherine Kabaire’s project in Nakuru.  They were accompanied by PATHWAYS scholar Eunita Akim and Emory University MPH students, Megan Light and Nicole Janes.
Catherine’s project has seventeen members.  The Chairlady of the group, Joyce, reported that Catherine Kabaire mobilized them to form this group in 2013.  This was welcomed because they were a stigmatized group due to their single status.  The local culture favors married adults.  The group has offered the young single persons social support, training on income generation and a sense that they  matter in the society.
Several quotes from the group members are listed below:
Lucy states,  “The table banking helped us to get money to start our small businesses. I sell eggs and chicken as a business. I use the money to buy other foodstuffs, this gives my family a balanced diet.”
Beatrice says, ” I sell charcoal using soft money from table banking.”
Ann reports that, “Table banking has helped me lease land where I plant vegetables for sale. I educate my children using this. We also have good food since 2013.”
Ann added, “With table banking, I started business of selling uji (Porridge and Madazi).
Benson, one of the few males in the group, told the visitors “I am like a marketing manager to the group.  I go selling the group liquid soap, antiseptics, bags to schools and other institutions.  We cannot meet the demand for soap. I also take the bags to functions where prominent people have meetings.  I used table banking money to buy a bicycle to use for transport.”
Catherine (PATHWAYS scholar) proudly declared, “Out of the project, I have become a leader, a mentor, a great organizer and mobilizer.”
The group had several questions to ask the two Emory MPH students, Nicole and Megan, as they do not often get the opportunity to visit with visitors from the U.S.  All questions were graciously answered.  All in all it was a  very successful project visit.

Donor Luncheon at Sweet Potato Cafe in Stone Mountain, Georgia

DSCN8460We had our first donor luncheon on June 13, 2015 at the Sweet Potato Café. The lunch was planned in association with a visit from our Vice President, Dr. Mbaabu Mathiu, and his wife Joy Mbaabu. It was a rare opportunity for our long-supportive donors to meet the people who actually ensure that PATHWAYS is running smoothly on a day-to-day basis. Dr. Mathiu welcomed the gathering and offered his insights on several of the scholars who have been sponsored by the donors. He made the important point that while unemployment of recent college graduates is approximately 40%, 100% of the PATHWAYS scholars are employed. This, he explained, is due to the leadDSCN8459ership training provided by PATHWAYS. This visit also coincided with our 10th year anniversary as a non-profit. Thus, we were eager to hear the thoughts of the donors as to how PATHWAYS can improve and become sustainable in the next 10 years. Several good ideas were offered and our plan is to create a 10-year roadmap for the future of PATHWAYS with the goal of self-sustainability. WDSCN8461e are extremely fortunate to have such a committed and supportive group of donors, and you have our sincere appreciation. Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Mbaabu Mathiu, Joy Mbaabu, Angie Gust, Tom Gordon (bottom row), Scott Groussman, Jessica Brooks, Mark Light, Donna Groussman, Megan Light, Dr. Stuart Zola (top row). A separate lunch was planned with Ronnie Jowers (center) who could not make the official luncheon.  Thank you for all of your support Ronnie!