2018 PATHWAYS Conference
PATHWAYS LEADERSHIP FOR PROGRESS held its annual conference at the beautiful Savelburg Retreat Centre in Nairobi, Kenya from April 28-29th. 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.