MPH Practicum Opportunity for Summer 2015

PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress ( in conjunction with the Center for Environmental Stewardship ( is offering a 4-6-week practicum in Ngong town (southwest of Nairobi), Kenya for Emory MPH candidates. The selected candidate will be responsible for training community health volunteers on public health topics such as nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and water/sanitation using approved manuals through a program sponsored by the local Ministry of Health. The selected candidate will also be responsible for evaluating the impact of this program. Travel in the area will be minimal as the worksite is close to the residence. Room and board will be covered for the 4-6 week duration by the sponsoring organizations. Dr. Mbaabu Mathiu of the University of Nairobi will be the onsite supervisor. Please contact Tom Gordon if interested-

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.”

Bako Ascarnancy Akoth

  • Construction Management, Technical University of Kenya
  • Girl Project: Promoting education through poultry raising
  • Mombasa
  • Mentor:  Catherine Kaimenyi
    IMG_20140929_143845Ascarnancy is the first-born of 3 children, brought up by a jobless single mother. She was partly raised in the Wema Centre Childrens’ Home in Mombasa, an organization that supports vulnerable children. Because of her potential, Ascarnancy was sponsored through primary school by the organization, Ananda Marga, and through high school by the Palmhouse Foundation. Both are organizations that sponsor bright and needy students. Her PATHWAYS project is to raise poultry with the proceeds targeted towards girls’ education. Ascarnancy says, “Since my childhood, I have always wanted to become a world-changer. Especially to impact the lives of widows, women and girls from poor backgrounds.”

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”.
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