2017: 2016 scholar, Jackline Okello, took part in a mentorship and leadership class sponsored by the Emerging Leaders Foundation (ELF). ELF seeks to grow the next generation of leaders who are value-driven and sufficiently equipped to make change in their communities. This was a great honor for Jackline. Her training included instruction on communication skills, Pan-Africanism and good governance, fitness and wellness in leadership, stepping out and standing out, and personal branding. Well done!
2017: 2016 scholar, Edward Kipelian, was selected to represent Kenya at the Peace Ambassador’s meeting in Uganda. The Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN) brings together young people from across the Commonwealth to upscale and optimise grassroots, national, regional and Pan-Commonwealth efforts to promote peace, respect & understanding and preventing violent extremism. CYPAN aims at fostering collaboration between members and creates space for policy advocacy as it relates to peace and countering violent extremism. It is an initiative that is completely youth-led and supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Congratulations!
2017: 2005 scholar, Levis Main, was awarded a scholarship to obtain his MA at the International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In addition, he was one of three men selected globally to be an Out and Equal Global Fellow. This included a 5 week leadership program to equip him with skills and best practices on LGBT workplace diversity and inclusion. The training took place in San Francisco, CA and Philadelphia, PA. Well done!
2016: 2009 scholar, Michael Murigi, was headhunted by the Ausaid and the University of Sydney to become the Project Co-ordinator in a banana- farmers’ empowerment project that they are implementing in Kirinyaga County. The farmers’ groups will receive training on commercial banana farming, access to improved banana seedlings and ultimately be linked to export markets in Australia and UAE. Congratulations!
2016: 2005 scholar, Levis Maina started Sullivan Reed, a non-profit to assist the LGBT community. He has received funding for his efforts from the UK Aids Alliance. See article here https://76crimes.com/2016/11/30/rapid-response-when-hiv-clinics-are-at-risk/
2016: 2012 scholar Hussein Abdhalla received a postgraduate scholarship by the Insurance Regulatory Authority of Kenya to do a Masters in Actuarial Management at Cass Business School, United Kingdom beginning September 2016. Well deserved!
2016: 2005 scholar Levis Maina was selected from tens of thousands of applicants to be a Mandela Washington Fellow beginning June 16. President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a long-term effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders and strengthen partnerships between the United States and Africa. This effort has been led by the White House and the U.S. Department of State in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Peace Corps. A tremendous honor!
2015: 2013 scholar Shadrack Shitseswa was awarded the best essay and the best exhibition from his University of Nairobi campus during Innovation Week in Nairobi. His innovation was based on his community project which he is doing in conjunction with alumnus Monicah Nyambura, to help girls learn to make reusable sanitary towels which will help reduce absenteeism. Congratulations!
2015: 2008 scholar Kennedy Otieno and 2009 scholar Alphonce Oginga were part of a team of six called the Loconsult Group who created a winning mass housing design for the international competition-Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing. Their entry won the Kenya and African competition and came in fourth internationally. The design transformed the Majengo-Pumwani “slum” which is located about .2 mi east of the Nairobi city center. Their main sustainable strategies were urban agriculture, solar energy, grey/black water treatment, and rain water harvesting. Please see the full design at http://masshousingcompetition.org/results/entry/305. Well Done!
2015: 2007 scholar Noah Kanda Kelly, who teaches Geography and Business Studies at Kipsangui Boys High School in Eldoret as well as serving as Rugby coach, was nominated as Teacher of the Year. His students achieved the highest KCSE 2015 mean performance in Geography and Business Studies in history with a mean of 8.6 and 8.4 respectively from 6.2 and 6.7 respectively in 2014. This was marked with the highest population ever enrolled from 30 to 62 pupils sitting for Geography KCSE exams. Moreover, since 2012, his high school has been Uasin Gishu County Champions in Boy’s Rugby 15’s and 7’s. Finally, Noah is now Dean of Studies and Career Master. Congratulations on making a positive impact in the lives of youth!
2014: 2005 scholar, Monicah Wairimu, was one of only 25 young people from across Africa chosen as a 2014 Social Entrepreneurs Transforming Africa (SET Africa) scholar. This program was launched in November 2013 to provide young social innovators across Africa with leadership skills, mentoring, networks, and funding needed to strengthen and scale up their social ventures. Monicah’s venture is training adolescent girls in Matunda, Kenya to make sanitary pads for their own use and also to sell. This will help girls not miss school monthly due to their periods. SET Africa is being implemented by Makerere University Business School (MUBS) in collaboration with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and The MasterCard Foundation. Twenty-five young leaders annually will be selected to participate in SET Africa’s yearlong Fellowship experience. http://www.setafrica.org/slide/set-africa-fellows-2014. Congratulations!
2012: 2007 scholar, Dr. David Mundia, formed the first Kenyan dental care foundation, Dentcare Kenya. His goal is to educate communities, build capacity within communities to provide information to others and importantly, provide free oral care services. Dentcare Kenya Foundation is the only organization that is concerned with the provision of free dental care to needy Kenyans. Great initiative!