Catherine Kabaire

  • Medicine, University of Nairobi
  • Girl Project: Promoting education through youth mentorship and income generating activities
  • Nakuru
  • Mentor: Fred Otieno and Catherine Kaimenyi

Catherine comes from a single parent home.  Her father passed way due to TB complications.  Her mother is a casual laborer and haDSCN5071s struggled to provide for Catherine’s school expenses.  Catherine is in medical school at the University of Nairobi. Her PATHWAYS project focuses on helping single mothers earn an income so they can afford school fees for their daughters. Catherine says, “I would like to help girls from my community; mentor them so they are able to make the right decisions and pursue their dreams.  Most of the girls end up dropping out of school, getting pregnant, getting married.  This is a result of poverty and lack of support and mentoring.”

Vivian Achieng

 

  • Sociology and Psychology, University of Nairobi
  • Girl Project: Promoting education through youth mentorship and income generating activities
  • Nairobi
  • Mentor: Fred Otieno and Catherine Kaimenyi

Vivian is an orphan who was raised by her brother.  She was DSCN5070able to complete her primary  school education through the donations of well wishers and her secondary school education through the assistance of her brother.  Vivian is studying Sociology and Psychology at the University of Nairobi.  Her PATHWAYS project focuses on girl empowerment and education. She says “..I hope to be a source of inspiration to those coming after me.”

Shadrack Shitseswa

 

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

Shadrack is the DSCN5077fourth born in a family of four daughters and seven sons.  When his parents separated, it became difficult to continue his education.  With assistance from a local well wisher he was able to complete his secondary school education. He taught secondary school for several years after graduating as he did not have the funds to continue his university education.  Currently, he is majoring in Education at the University of Nairobi.  His PATHWAYS project focuses on developing a greenhouse to help girls and boys in his village learn as well as generate income for their education.  Shadrack says, “I have the urge to invest in my own society to give back what I was given for the purpose of pursuing my education.”

Eric Lemungesi

 

  • Environmental Health, Kenyatta University
  • Girl Project: Promoting education and through youth mentorship and income generating activities
  • Isiolo County
  • Mentor: Catherine Kaimenyi

Eric is the fifth born of seven children.  He was born in Loruko in DSCN5020Oldonyiro Division of Isiolo County where in 1996 there were war clashes between the Somali and Samburu communities.  Eric and his family were forced to flee for their safety.  Due to this upheaval, Eric was left with his aunt who raised him. Eric’s dream is to start an orphanage and rehabilitation center and sensitize Kenyans on the importance of education.  He is studying Environmental Health at Kenyatta University. Eric says, “I want to be an instrument of positive change in my community…my destiny is my agenda..”  Eric’s project focuses on assisting girls in the semi-arid area of Oldonyiro Division in Isiolo County.

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