Shadrack Shitseswa


  • Education, University of Nairobi
  • Economic Development Project for Youth: Promoting education through youth mentorship and income generating activities
  • Matunda
  • Mentor: Catherine Kaimenyi

DSCN5077Shadrack had major difficulties getting through primary and secondary school due to lack of school fees.  His routine during primary school was to wake up at 5am, fetch water from a 30 feet deep bore-hole, milk 3 cows, and give the cattle food for the day, then walk to school delivering milk along the way. He had to drop out of secondary school because of his father’s misbehavior. Dejected, he went back to his casual income earning duties such as selling fuel.

Shadrack finally graduated from secondary with a KCSE of a B.  However, that grade was not good enough to acquire substantial financial assistance in university.  So after struggling for 2 years, he went back to secondary Continue reading

Akolom Samual Esiokon

  • Chemistry, University of Nairobi
  • Water Project: Improved water availability through solar and wind power
  • Lokichar –Kapese sub location in Turkana County
  • Mentor: Catherine Kaimenyi

akolomsamSamual was born into a nomadic life in northern Kenya. His parents are nomadic pastoralists and move throughout Turkana, West Pokot and Samburu county. They did not believe in education, so Samual bravely took it upon himself to go away to a boarding school and worked as a custodian to support his education, room and board. His PATHWAYS project is to use wind and solar power to make water in his home area, which is very dry, safer and more accessible for the community. This will help to reduce insecurity around the location and also make it easier for girls to study as it will save them from going long distances to fetch water.

Samual says, “My colleagues (fellow students) nicknamed me ‘Mboch wa chuo’, mboch, meaning school maid. It was so much embarrassing but I had no option. It was the only hope for my education to continue.”

Isaac Obago

  • Education, University of Nairobi
  • Youth Project: Funding education through sales from tree seedlings
  • Kakamega
  • Mentor:  Catherine Kaimenyi
    obagoIsaac comes from a family of 9 children and was raised in a children’s home. He was only able to make it through high school through the donations of well-wishers, because of his high grades, and through sheer persistence when the funding from the well-wishers was discontinued. Isaac is studying education at the University of Nairobi. His PATHWAYS project focuses on tree planting with the proceeds of the tree sales going to provide school fees to children in need. Isaac says, “Despite the ups and downs in my schooling, I never gave up. I am sure I have a story to tell the world. I learned that once a leader is born, he/she has to put it into practice”.

Brian Kilonzi

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  • Medical School, University of Nairobi
  • Income Generation Project: Production of clay and sisal products
  • Meru
  • Mentor:Catherine Kaimenyi

Brian is from a polygamous family. He lived in his grandmother’s home where his mother brought him up with income from brewing local liquor which was the only job available to her.  His father rarely contributed to their upkeep.  Brian was supported by a well wisher and after his KCSE examinations, he was given an opportunity to work with Family Bank under the University Talent Development Program.  Brian is studying medicine at the University of Nairobi. Continue reading