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”.

Jackline Okello

  • jackie-okelloChemistry, University of Nairobi
  • Project:Mentorship in Vihiga county
  • Transoia County
  • Mentors: Catherine Kaimenyi, Marilyn Nyabuti

Jackline was raised by a single mother. She realizes that destitution is one of the major elements that hold back potential and progress. She says, “My dream is to change my society and become a leader who touches other peoples’ lives with everlasting impact”

Mohamed Barre Ahamed

  • mohammedPolitical Science and Sociology, University of Nairobi
  • Isiolo County
  • Project: Education for youth
  • Mentor: Catherine Kaimenyi, Michael Murigi

Born to pastoralist parents, his father passed away when he was a young boy. He is from a region that is marginalized due to a hostile climate and intertribal conflict over grazing and water. Mohamed says, “PATHWAYS will assist me to improve my leadership skills and become a resourceful person in my community.”