I have grown from a depressed teenager to a mature young woman with strong leadership qualities, in the years gone by.
I was a Form 2 student at Mukumu Girls when my father abandoned my mother and my siblings. That plunged my ambitions to acquire education into doubt, and exposed me to a period of distress. With the hope of getting assistance in completing my education, I moved in to my uncle’s home. Unfortunately, what I found was not what I anticipated since my plans never came to fruition. My encounters in school got even more complex.
My life changed when I met Selline Korir, Rural Women Peace Link Technical Director. She understood me counseled me and taught me to love my home, a sitting with her expounded the little hope I had in myself.
I joined Rural Women Peace Link Girl Child Education and Mentorship Program thereafter. These encouraged me so much that I moved back in with my mother. I was motivated by the need to understand the challenges that she was going through so as to channel them back as inspirations in my life. I even took it upon myself to take her through trauma counseling, to help her cope with her problems.
I got inspired and developed a thirst for success when Rural Women Peace Link staff paid me a visit in school. My woes with school fees was now a memory of the past. After performing well in my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), I joined Chuka University to continue with my education with support from Rural Women Peace Link.
Through knowledge gained from the mentorship programs and forums courtesy of Rural Women Peace Link, I put my leadership qualities and skills to work. I became the Vice Chairperson of the student union and organized mentorship forums for women on campus which I named “Girl Talk”. These was driven by my desire to be a mentor to others. The Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University attended one of my sessions and recognized my efforts.
I graduated on the 12th of October 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree (Second Class Upper Division) in Botany and Zoology and I am now eager to give back and impact the society. I am currently offering my services to the community through teaching at a local school while awaiting an opportunity to further my academics by pursuing a Master’s Degree.
I am grateful for the counseling I received and I know Rural Women Peace Link is not just here to help with school fees. They are here to talk to and guide young girls, they helped me to avoid early pregnancy through counseling and I hope someday I can help others through program.
I would like to embolden fellow youth that, being a youth is the best time for character formation and one should have a purpose in life and have priorities in place. I also urge youths to listen to the right people and have the right mindset. I am confident that I will be able to change my family’s status.