Brian Kilonzi

  • Medical School, University of Nairobi, graduated 2017
  • 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.   Continue reading

Marylyn Nyabuti

Marilyn Nyabuti

  • Medical School, University of Nairobi, 2016
  • Girl Project: Hygiene promotion and improved lavatory facilities for teens
  • Mwongori Village
  • Mentor:Catherine Kaimenyi

Marylyn is the second born in a family of six. She lost her mother and 2 brothers to HIV/AIDS in the years 2001,2002 and 2003 respectively. Her father struggled to provide for her and her siblings.  They moved to Mwongori village to live with her grandparents because her father’s health was not stable.

Marylyn is studying medicine at the University of Nairobi. Marylyn says about her medical degree course, “I chose medicine as I view it as a channel through which I can give back to society and directly touch the lives of people. I will specialize in pediatrics so as to join in the fight to reduce the infant mortality rate that is a pandemic. This will ensure the continuity of the society.”

Eunita Akim

Eunita Akina

  • Nursing and Public Health, Kenyatta University, 2015
  • Economic Project: Economic empowerment of youth through duck rearing and agriculture
  • Kisumu
  • Mentor: Catherine Kaimenyi

Eunita is the second born in a family of six children from Manyatta slums in Kisumu. Both of her parents are small scale business people. Eunita chose her project because she saw the youth who cannot afford additional schooling needing a means of income so that they can become contributing members of the society. After completing her nursing and public health degree, Eunita intends to directly serve the community through governmental departments or nongovernmental organizations or privately owned health centers.  Continue reading

Shadrack Shitseswa

DSCN5077As Eric said, most of us had real problems joining campus. I had worked as a teacher but had supported my younger sister to join another university. When my time came, I only had saved ksh. 20,000 which would cater for fare, fees, accommodation and upkeep. This needed more than ksh. 60,000. I thank God since the university couldn’t check my fees before admitting me. I had only paid ksh. 13,500. I missed a room. That meant I needed to rent one outside school. That would be another expense. I borrowed from every relative and friend. Only one of my brothers sent me ksh. 400. This could not help me. I opted to share beds in shifts with friends. I shared with my dean.
Just miraculously, he gave me the link to the application form for PATHWAYS. I can’t compare anything I may give you with your support in my education. I had dropped three times. I was just afraid that I wouldn’t withstand the pressure.
You brought light in darkness. You brought life in death. Your support has kept me breathing.
I am not sure I can be grateful. I have much more to share.