Salim, as a secondary student in Taru
Every student who goes through the Kenya Keys sponsorship program is changed forever. Salim is a great example of a bright and eager student who couldn’t afford to go to school, and who now has a good education and a promising future.
Salim entered the sponsorship program in 2010, while at Taru Secondary. He performed well in secondary school, and qualified to continue to university. He studied Travel and Tourism Management for three years at Utali University in Nairobi. While at university, he completed an internship with African Touch Safaris, where he works today. His primary role in the company is supporting businessmen in Kenya traveling outside the country for business. He also recently began traveling with groups to other countries as a tour leader.
Salim is an active participant in Kenya Keys’ mentorship program, providing inspiration and guidance to students in the villages. He has also worked with Kenya Keys interns on an economic analysis of Taru village to address possible apprenticeship opportunities for young adults. This is one of the most rewarding outcomes of the sponsorship program: sponsored students always give back to the schools and communities in meaningful ways.
Salim lives in Nairobi, and continues to maintain contact with his sponsors in the U.S. He is beyond grateful for the opportunities his sponsorship provided. He describes his job as exciting and fulfilling. He loves what he does and is excited for what his future holds.
Salim probably had no idea, when he entered the sponsorship program, that he would someday be leading tours in China. But he knew that to succeed he would need to work hard. That’s the beautiful thing about the Kenya Keys sponsorship program—by providing their school fees, you unlock the potential of countless individuals who are ready to work hard. Success is sure to come when the obstacles to their education are removed and they are able to pursue their dreams. On behalf of Salim and the hundreds of other students you have helped, we thank you for your generosity.
Salim with his aunt and uncle at graduation
Salim with his family
Salim with his Kenya Keys sponsor
Salim working with other graduates in Taru
Salim, leading a tour in China