The PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress annual conference was held at the beautiful Savelburg Retreat Centre in Nairobi. Appreciation is extended to Lucky Katama and Mohamad Ahameed for making the necessary arrangements under the guidance of mentor and coordinator, Dr. Catherine Kaimenyi. In addition to our eight current scholars, we were honored to be joined by five alumni (Noah Kelly, Brian Kilonzi, Catherine Kabaire, Eric Lemungesi, and Michael Murigi) in person and five alumni (Monicah Nyambura, Alphonce Oginga, Jemima Peters, Justus Salach and Levis Maina) through correspondence. All presented on the progress they are making in their chosen careers, an update on their community projects, and insights and lessons learned since they have graduated. The current scholars gained much from their insights, advice, and encouragement. The topic of self-care was discussed in the context of each scholar’s life as an individual and as a role model for their community groups (Deb Gust) as was the topic of life purpose (Prof. Mathiu). The scholars enjoyed time to bond during meals and outdoor games. In addition, they wrote and performed a skit to illuminate the issues surrounding girl and boy child education issues.
One of the highlights of the conference was the presentation of a donation to PATHWAYS by alumni, Dr. Brian Kilonzi and Dr. Catherine Kabaire. Their action seems to embody the following quote by Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
At the conclusion of the conference, Dr. Fred Otieno facilitated the scholars’ discussion of their project progress. In addition, he described a new platform for their projects that is based on his study to uplift low income families through microfinance, income generation activity trainings, mentorship, and education.
PATHWAYS LEADERSHIP FOR PROGRESS held its annual conference at the Olooseos Adventure campsite in Ngong, Kenya from April 29 to April 30th, 2017. The program was run efficiently by fourth year scholar, Samuel Akolom.
We were graced by the presence of many of PATHWAYS alumni: Monicah Nyambura, Michael Murigi, Alphonce Oginga, Catherine Kabaire, Dr. Brian Kilonzi, and Dr. Shelly Okumu. Dr. Fred Otieno (mentor) led the initial group discussion of the scholars’ community projects, guiding the scholars to help one another through the benefit of their own experiences. Many of the new community projects are focusing on education and mentorship of boys and especially girls. Table banking or microloans to start small businesses or to pay childrens’ school fees are part of many projects.
Thereafter, Monica Nyambura (alumnus) spoke on the topic of handling life challenges and alumnus Dr. Catherine Kabaire volunteered to organize a support group for the new scholars. Monicah, Catherine and the other alumni, Shelly Okumu, Alphonce Oginga, Michael Murigi, spoke about what PATHWAYS has meant to them in their careers.
Shelly explained, “PATHWAYS taught me valuable leadership skills, project management, timeliness as well as offering a source of friendships”.
The first day, Saturday, ended with team building exercises led by Samuel.
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).
- 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”
- Marilyn Nyabuti: “Daktari always walked in the light. May she R. I. P…”
- Samuel Akolom:“Samuel fought for the rights of people…”
- Isaac Obago:“He achieved his goals. May he R. I. P….”
- Ascarnancy Bako:“Ascar was a joyful person who put a roof over the heads of many…”
- 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
- Annastacia Nzuki:“A professor with a name i.e. mama Lucy…”
- Monicah Nyambura:“Here lies a woman who inspired many and gave her all to the community…”
- Justas Salach:“A great teacher of his time…”
- Brian Maluki:“Was a true leader who helped many to build destinies…”
- Shadrack Shitseswa:“Your body can be dead but millions of your big heart are alive…”
August 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.