Wendy Achieng is a 21 year old bright hopeful about her future. She’s excited to be getting a second chance to pursue her dreams and is determined to live a better life. One that will enable her to support her family and most importantly, her two year old son.
Born in Ruaraka to a single mother, life wasn’t the easiest but they managed their day to day life. In primary school, Wendy was a brilliant girl, often topping her class. This got the attention of donors, who offered to sponsor her secondary education through a local organization. Her dreams of graduating high school were short lived when her family realized that the sponsorship money was being mishandled, which led to her dropping out as her mother couldn’t afford to pay school fees.
“I got bored and idle, feeling hopeless and battling suicidal thoughts. Soon after, i got pregnant” Wendy states, recalling the trying times. “I would go door to door looking for casual work to do so i could support my mom and son.”
It was on one of those days that she bumped into NairoBits youth mobilizers and quickly got interested. So much so that she applied the very same day. Soon after, she joined the institution and has been one of the most hardworking people in her class, enjoying web design in particular.
Wendy hopes to leave a mark in the ICT sector, noting that the opportunity that NairoBits gave her has changed her life. She’s graduating with a diploma in June and is looking forward to joining the job market and making her son proud in everything she does.Read More
“People say that i talk about NairoBits too much. They wonder how everybody who passes through this program has this deep sense of gratitude. But when it’s the only thing that connects you to the life you want to live, how can you not realize how important an opportunity this is? How can you ever stop saying thank you?” -Faith.
Faith has been through enough struggles, coming from a low income single parent household. Her dreams of going to university collapsed even before they begun. They’ve slept many a day hungry and without a source of income, so she knew further education was a long shot.
” I found out about NairoBits through a family friend and never looked back. Going to school gave me a purpose, and thinking about my future in an office doesn’t seem like a crazy dream anymore. I’ve learnt web design and development, and no one can take those skills away from me. I’m about to be graduating with a diploma and i can develop a website from scratch! Something that i couldn’t do last year. ”
“I want to tell the ladies out there that nothing is impossible when you love what you do. I’m looking forward to growing my career as a developer and assisting my mother however i can”Read More
Eunice Wairimu, our upcoming cohort graduate, is no stranger to hard work. She’s the first born of three siblings, raised by a single mother. Despite life’s hardships, her mother managed to educate all her children and meet their basic needs. Things took a turn when she got sick and hospitalized for a long period of time. It meant she couldn’t attend to her grocery shop, her only source of livelihood for the family.
Undeterred, Eunice started looking for a job to sustain her siblings and pay their bills. She got a job packing snacks in a factory and teaching young children as a volunteer. “I remember my neighbor coming to our place one day, excited about this school she had heard about from the area chief. She sparked my interest, and the next day, i went to the chief to find out more information. I immediately applied and was elated when i was accepted into the program”
In the beginning of the course, Eunice struggled with self-doubt, wondering if ICT was a career she could pursue despite enjoying it, especially because it was such a male dominated area. She made the choice however to continue on with her studies and has honed her skills as a designer. She has even managed to balance work and school, thanks to her mothers recovery and the trainers understanding her situation, working on weekends and attending school on the weekdays.
“I’m grateful to NairoBits for opening my eyes to a career i would have never thought of in my wildest dreams. I love seeing the look on my mothers face as i explain my projects to her. I know how happy she is that someone cared enough about my education and well-being to give me this opportunity. I feel like i can weather any storm that comes now because i’m educated, and that will always open doors for me”Read More