PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress

PATHWAYS mission is develop leaders in developing countries through university scholarships and direct involvement in and oversight of community development projects.
Oct 6, 2016

October 2016 report

October 2016 Report

 

Nairobi Kenya,

 

Dear Friends,

 

Your contributions have left women empowered with some having ventured into small businesses in agriculture, detergent sales and others offering catering services to those holding parties. The funds also purchased things like pots and pans and dishes and silverware for them to do so.

 

Some girls, like Wairimu, used to think of some jobs, like car washing, as demeaning. She now has a changed perspective. She now believes that any job that help her earn money to empower herself without putting herself or her health at risk is worthwhile.

 

Other girls, like Maggie, feel gratified that they are now computer literate. Knowing how to use the internet and office programs like Excel and Word have increased Maggie’s confidence and sense of self-esteem tremendously. Maggie is now helping other girls in her community learn these valuable skills.

 

Ann has learned how to do sewing so that now she can earn a living as a tailor. She has confided to me that if it were not for this mentoring program she would have had to sell herself for money for necessities of life.

 

SAWAs mentorship program is filling an important role in training girls who are out of school on income generation activities. In this society, girls are extremely vulnerable to early sex, early pregnancy and HIV infection.  All because they are not valued and have little opportunities to earn money. These are girls who have unlimited potential.

 

With extreme gratitude,

 

Catherine Kaimenyi

Sep 9, 2016

September report

Levis in Washington DC
Levis in Washington DC

September 10, 2016

 

Dear Friends, 

Thank you so much for supporting the PATHWAYS scholars. We are happy to report to you on the progress of our fourth year scholar Brian who is in medical school at the University of Nairobi and our third year scholar Isaac who is majoring in education also at the University of Nairobi (see below).  In addition, we are very proud of one of our very first scholars, Levis, who was chosen as a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow which is a competitive merit based fellowship for young African leaders.  He spent more than 6 weeks this summer in the US being trained in on various aspects of leadership. Levis says, “Washington DC was an amazing experience for me and sharing the same room with President Obama was quite something.” 

Brian 

Well, it has been one of the most tasking moments in Medical School ever. We have been working round the clock to meet the ward requirements as well as fill our log books. Many are the times we have spent close to 10 hours in the ward. We have had to forego the weekend luxury because we were on-call on all the weekends and ended up spending the time in the A&E. Well this the reason I dislike any medical specialty and have preference to Surgery.

On the other hand, I have witnessed miracles happening in the medical wards. I have seen patients who came in at the verge of death, totally unconscious with severe infection. After a few days of treatment, they are well and ready to go home. Among many frustrations this is what has kept us motivated. HIV is a huge burden here, close to 40% of admissions are infected with the virus. Which means we still have a long way to go as a country. However in our efforts such as peer counseling and community awareness, we believe we will this war against HIV.

I am grateful for your support.

Isaac

My teaching practice  that took  three months,was one of its kind having the best experience in my lifetime and career. This was a turning point in life because I have been made to realize where I belong in the society. I had the best time with my students, teachers and school at large who gave a shoulder to lean on whenever i needed one. At the end of the three months, i have been recommended the best teacher who was available whenever I was needed. Upon finishing of the teaching practice, we were called upon by the university to have exams that we had missed due to post election chaos we experienced. Our community project is still well taken care of and we have incorporated another orphan child as a beneficiary. He is in standard two now. Produce from our garden continues to be sold at market to benefit our group members. I would to sincerely thank Global Giving and Pathways as a family for the far they have taken me. I really can't tell where I could be without you.  

We are extremmly grateful for your continued support in this program to develop future leaders through education and leading community development projects.

 

Sincerely,

Angie Gust

Jul 8, 2016

July 2016 Report

Training women in the community
Training women in the community

Dear Global Giving Friends,

On 28th May 2016 I visited a group of women in Ntugi, Meru county to find out what they are doing with the knowledge and skills imparted to them through our training since November last year. The group has been introduced to concepts of income generation activities and are being encouraged to develop entrepreneurial minds and interests to curb poverty trends in the areas. This way we will use this model Training of Trainers group to reach others in the village. During our first meeting with the group, Caroline, one of our mentees and I had introduced them to the topics of income generation activities and reproductive health.

We are happy to report that the group meets twice a month to educate each other and share knowledge and experiences mainly concerning family life, children’s education and health and business involvement. They have also devised ways of adding value to their liquid soap that they make through adding traditional perfumes to make it more appealing to young mothers. The vertical gardens that we introduced them to are also doing well though the challenge of water shortage is reducing their yields.

Glory, another of our mentees who hails from the same county, is also doing well in a hair dressing job which she got into after her experience with our organization, SAWA. To complement her income from this job, she has learned to sell vegetables and fruits in the evenings near her place of residence. She hopes that she will save enough to start her own hair dressing business so she can quit employment. She is optimistic that she will also be able to offer employment to a few needy girls, thus giving back to the community

With my sincere gratitude for your support in this effort to improve the opportunities for young girls,

Catherine Kaimenyi

 
   

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