Local partner to the PDAid Foundation, the Kilimanjaro Initiative (KI), oversee the progress of the mentees in Kenya and coordinate that their education is conducted according to plan.

Every month the PDAid Foundation receives scholarship reports from the mentees, containing information concerning their:

  • experience at school, in regards to course(s), assignment(s) and teacher(s)
  • enrollment in community activities
  • wellbeing in general and in their private lives in terms of mood and spirit
  • information about exams and assignments

We will be writing blog posts based on the monthly reports received from the mentees. Please visit our blog to follow our mentees as they describe their experiences and provide information concerning their enrollment in the support program. 

October 2021


I am now preparing to do the end of semester exams which is scheduled to begin the end of next month. I feel like the whole semester is flying by so fast.

This month, I attended a public lecture hosted by the school. The topic of discussion was “Youth and social media”. They discussed both the positive and negative impact that social media has on youth. The lecture was able to shade light on some of the major impact social media has and how the youth can leverage on the opportunities it presents while also trying to lessen its negative effects. The lecture was informative.

I am doing fine in general although I was somewhat busy with school this month; group work, writing essay, CATs and proposals. I had a lot on my plate – and trying to strike a balance between school and other activities has been a bit difficult. But now things are much better and less stressful.

September 2021


I have been helping the homeless people on the street I walk by on my way to school by donating some money to them. I have been looking at what I can provide; I can try to help them in whatever way I can. I understand that we must support people who live with adversity in a world that continuously denies them help.

I am ok. I have just been busy with school, but generally I have been feeling energized and cheerful. Also, I am trying to find a balance between school life and my social life which can sometimes be a challenge. I know it is important to properly manage both areas in order to get the most from my education, for example by focusing on school matters when necessary, but also provide my mind and body with the breaks that are needed to refresh and recharge.

August 2021


The semester was overall ok, and I enjoyed most of my classes.

This month, I took part in tree planting activity at my university. The tree planting program was a learning opportunity that got us students involved in the environment and conservation of our natural resources. These school tree planting projects educate students about the benefits of trees and foster environmental stewardship. Tree planting is a great way to increase the students’ interest in their local environment and achieve academic goals. I enjoyed it.

It has been a busy month because of the exams. Unlike the previous semester where I did the exams in 1 weeks one, this semester I did it in 3 weeks but am glad that I am done. I am relaxing now, and I am generally happy and in a good mood.

July 2021


I find the units I took this semester very practical and helpful. I especially seem to enjoy one unit about leadership and ethics. They are instilling me with practical knowledge about the corporate world and ethical leadership that will guide me in my future career.

Earlier this month, I visited a children’s home around my neighborhood to donate my old clothes. I also got spend some few hours with the children. It was wonderful to get to know them, their aspirations and dreams. I had a wonderful time.

In general, I have been doing fine. I feel good in general. I have come to realized I find joy in the little things. Thus, I have grown to appreciate them. One of my favorite quotes I remind myself about each day is “when each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives everyday: that the sun rises.”

June 2021


They will leave us two weeks to revise for the end of semester exams which will commence on 2nd August. In regard to assignments, I have completed almost all the work-based assignments, cats and groupwork for the 7 units I am doing.

This month, I decided to give back to my community by donating my high school and primary textbooks and hand-written notes to an old friend who has two younger siblings that are still in school. I had carefully stored them for years to the point that I started hoarding them. I realized that it will be of more sentimental value if I donated to help someone else rather than the books just sitting in a box.

In general, I have been doing ok and coping with challenges as they come. Although I have been busy, I try to set time for self-care. In terms of mood, I feel joyful and contentment.

May 2021


We started learning and some lecturers have even already assigned term papers and work-based assignment. I am working on them at the moment. We have been assigned some assignments that we have to do as a group, and this has been really helpful. Working as a team helps one to get different perspectives on a topic and enhances my interpersonal skills.

In my free time, I have planted a tree in my neighborhood together with a of my friends. The benefits of trees are endless. Trees contribute to the environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, conserving water, preserving soil and supporting wildlife. I love taking care of plants and I will be watering the tree regularly.

In general, I am doing fine. I feel like I have become better at dealing with stress after the mentorship program. Sophie, my mentor, played a big role in helping me become a better version of myself.

April 2021


Meanwhile, I have been registering the units of the next semester. The exams where ok, and I did my best. I hope I performed better when they are posted in the portal.

I have been practicing social distancing and staying at home. Nairobi is the epicenter of the corona pandemic in Kenya. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important that I take the steps to protect myself and others to protect health services and save lives.

In general, I am okay. I honestly cannot complain. The 3 weeks break was highly required because I needed to rejuvenate myself and relax. I have been taking my time to unwind, and it has honestly been rewarding for my mental and physical health.

March 2021


We finished all of our cats and assignments. The lecturers have done a good job, and we have covered all of the units for this semester. I am currently studying for the end of semester exams.

In relation to my community activities, I joined up with some of my neighborhood friends and collected litter in our neighborhood. It was such a satisfactory activity. It made me to be more conscious of my environment and not to litter unconsciously.

In general, I am doing ok. I am managing my stress better thanks to the mentoring program. Overall, I have been optimistic about the future and try to be more in the present.

January 2021


I am very excited to start school as this will set out a new purpose for me. Productivity is a big deal for me and if I do not accomplishing something, I feel like I am just a waste of space.

Some of the courses I am studying are really practical and helpful, in particular these two: logical and creative thinking and introduction to ethics. I know they will instill in me knowledge that I can apply in the long run. We are doing some assignments in groups and it is really interactive. The teachers are experienced, and their teaching methods are helpful and practical too.

During the month, I donated old clothes to a children home around my neighborhood.

My spirit has been good, and I have adjusted my life in terms of my school life. And generally, I have been happy because of the scholarship.

April 2020


I am using this time to focus on my studies by studying on the internet and revising my books. This year, I am supposed to sit for my end of course exams after doing my attachment. This final exam will determine if I will graduate or not and thereby finish my certificate course. My exams will have to be booked and paid for early in advance. If I pass my exams, I would really love to continue with my Diploma course. This increases the chances of me getting a good job in one of the biggest hotels around the world. I am learning new recipes every day, and this prepares me for the future. I love cooking with passion, and it is up to me to do everything so that it fits in the industry. When this pandemic ends, I will resume my studies in the industry where I will have to learn more under a supervision of managers. I will get job experience and learn more about hospitality. This is a new phase in my life, and I am looking forward to putting more effort into it.

I have not been participating in any activities in my community due to the current situation. I just do exercise at home and sometimes make beads on my free time. I run every day in the mornings since it is a part of handball exercise, and it is also healthy.

This month has been tough due to the current pandemic. Life has been hard since my parents have to stay at home without going to work. They only do laundry for people once in a while in order to earn a living. My dad is a driver in one of the schools. Since the schools are closed, he no longer works. He only waits for a call once in a while to get something to do and earn a living too. When I see that things like this happen, it motivates me to work harder so that I can raise my family from poverty one day.

I am proceeding well with mentorship and my mentor taught me to always think of the brighter side even when days are tough, and this is what have been making me strong after seeing all this happening to my family and more so my community. I am grateful for my health and well-being of my family. I hope that things will go back to the way they were before.

Since COVID-19, the life in the slums is not easy. Some people here do not take the measures that the government wants, some are ignorant, and some cannot afford items such as sanitizers and clean water to keep us clean. I can tell you that the slums life with COVID-19 is not easy and as you can see in the news; Kibera is becoming a red zone for the pandemic.

This current situation has given me a depression and I overthink, but I am grateful for my mentor who has been helping me through this.

March 2020


I was supposed to do my end of term exams in March, and then join my attachment in the beginning of April-June, but it was impossible.

I am still continuing with my studies at home while waiting to hear from the government. We are still continuing with our revision from home and our teachers send us assignments via what sup group. I have been going through my recipes and learning more from the internet, doing the practical things at home is a challenge since I do not have the resources.

I was so excited to go for attachment since I have to face a new phase in life. I have to wait for my attachment since no hotels are open in our country. The attachment was important if I were to increase my chances of winning a job at the particular establishment. I believe that this crisis will come to an end and that we will have the chance to resume with our daily activities. I am using this time to recover and reflect on what I have been doing at school for the past two years since I am free most of the time. I usually write everything in my diary to keep me in the right track.

I have been playing handball together with my friends in our community since we have nothing else to do. What we are doing the most during this pandemic is taking the measures that the government has directed, i.e. social distancing, washing our hands thoroughly and staying at home.

This month has been quite good, but I am grateful for my health. When the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Kenya early in march, I was shocked since I come from one of the biggest slums in Africa where the virus could spread easily, and I knew that we could be the most affected since we do not have whatever the government is urging us to do – for example; our houses are near each other, we cannot do social distancing, our environment is not clean for us to have running water for washing our hands, getting water is a challenge in our area, we share toilets and bathrooms so this makes us worry a lot. Staying at home especially for our parents is a challenge too because they cannot stay at home; they have to go out and look for something to feed the family with. We pray to God that the virus does not spread easily.

This crisis has made everything stand still since, even my parents are now struggling to feed our family since there are no jobs now. So many people, even in our country, have lost their jobs including my parents.

We hope for the best since things are getting worse. I have never seen such pandemic in my life. I am even beginning to be stressed, but I hope for the best.

February 2020


I will proceed for attachment which will take 3 months (April-June). Thereafter, I will have my final exams in July. I am so excited. I am seeing myself moving somewhere and also growing. I have learned different things in school and also in life. Being with people from different cultures and backgrounds has really changed me a lot in a positive way. My end of semester exams will determine if I will proceed and get a diploma. Our teachers are working hard and are providing us with lots of projects and assignments which makes us busy, but also prepared for our exams.

After doing my final exams, I will graduate and wait for my results. The results will determine if am going to proceed with my diploma in food production and beverages. Our final exams are imported from London.

In this semester, we will be going for 2 excursion trips. The trips are compulsory for every student who will proceed for attachment next semester (April-June).

I am praying that I pass my exams and proceed with my diploma since I have realized that in our country when someone does any course at certificate level it becomes hard for him/her to get employment, but a diploma level might make someone lucky to find a job.

This month I have not managed to attend any community activity since I have been very busy at school with projects and clearing. I have been doing my workouts, jogging and morning run, but I have not visited my handball team.

Whenever I am free, I still make sure that I visit the children home that is near my school. Last weekend, we visited the home with my friends, and we shared our precious time with the little kids at the home. Among many activities, we plaited the kid’s hair, played with them and feed them. Also, we save our money in order to buy some clothing for the children at the home – this is a way of giving back to the community.

I have enjoyed every day this month. I am learning new things and I keep on telling myself that every day is a learning day. Some of the things that I have learned more about include time management, spending time alone, attitude and self-discipline. I never used to keep time, but as of now I can really say that I have managed keeping time. Most of the time, I spend my time alone. I have realized that if you are alone you can learn new things that have never come your way. It is also a good way of evaluating yourself, and it also helps you to get to know yourself better. I have also learned that attitude is very important – people will judge you according to your attitude. I have learned to have a positive mind; self-discipline is also key and without it you will never go anywhere. Generally, I have decided to keep off things that do not add value in my life and concentrate on things that will help me.

Sometimes in life a person feels demoralized by life itself, but someone needs to be stronger for a better future. This is a good way of taking life easily, since nowadays depression is knocking on people’s door very easily so one must be prepared mentally.

January 2020


We have been provided with projects, assignments and recipes, and I am studying very hard because this exam determines whether I will graduate or not. After the exams in July, it is time for graduation and then I will be done with my Certificate course in food production. I am so excited to proceed for an attachment since I know I will learn a lot about recipes and cultural foods around the world. The most amazing thing about hospitality is meeting new people from different places.

During the past year and a half, I have learnt that time is money, and it goes so fast. If you are not keen, you will waste a lot of time. Wasted time is something we will never get back. I have learned that I have to do the right thing at the right time. I thank God since I am doing the right thing that brought me to school and this education. Most of my friends have different career dreams and expectations that they would like to meet, but it is a pity. Most of them have engaged themselves in bad life and bad company that leave them with regret and guilt. Some of them are pregnant with men who cannot even cater for the needs of the kid. I have also seen others being expelled in school due to lack of discipline. School made me learn that time and hard work are the most important things in life. We have been having professional talks, guidance and counseling every week which has been helping me as an individual.

Handball is my favorite game. I have been participating handball since I was in high school. Whenever I am free, I visit the children’s homes near our school where we volunteer, feed the young kids, make their hair and play with them.

As time goes by, I am learning new things and becoming more mature. This year, I made new resolutions about time management, self-discipline and many more. They have already been helping me since the year begun. Reaching this far has been hard, but I have learned so many lessons – for instance to never give up, never follow or do what my friends are doing if am not happy. Unless I am doing it from my heart, and it is the right thing. I have been making my own choices, and this year I am looking forward to making wise choices.

Sometimes staying alone for a while makes you see life in a different perspective, and it also helps you to make the right decision. In the next five years to come, I want to be working in one if the biggest hotels and thereafter run my own business. To do all this, I need to be humble, work hard, take care of myself and have self-discipline. Hospitality is a great course. It is all about passion which I already have. I cannot forget to thank PDAid foundation in partnership with Kilimanjaro Initiative for making my dream come true.

December 2019


Next semester, which begins in January 2020 and ends in March 2020, I will almost be done with my Certificate Course. From January to March, I will have to do my final internal exams. Thereafter, I will go for my attachment for 3 months which starts from April 2020 to June 2020. After my attachment, I will do my final exams in July and graduate – and I will be through with my Certificate Course. I am looking forward to doing my best in my final exams – so help me God. It has really helped me a lot being in hospitality and management. It is beneficial that I do not have to be employed. I can even start my own hotel and manage it using the skills that I have gained. I have been reading recipes from different sites and writing them for future reference. I have also been studying German. We have three lessons for languages in a week, and the exams are both oral and written. We are also provided with ICT lessons and first aid which can be applied basically.

I have been playing handball together with some other girls. It has helped a lot. These girls do not only play, but they also do some exercises purposely for fitness which helps to avoid some diseases such as diabetes. We also counsel each other since we always have counselors coming to teach us in our school, so we are using the same knowledge to our friends too.

I have been working on some resolutions which I intend to set in the coming year. Some of my resolutions is to work harder and cracking obstacles that might hinder me from working hard and working on time management. During the December holiday, I spent Christmas with my family including my parents, aunts and cousin. It was one of the best moments ever. We shared meals and spent most of the time together.

2020 is going to be a great year since I am going to see another phase of life. I will be working in catering management, seeing different people and learning more skills. The resolutions that I have set is to change into a better person to help me grow up and see life in a different way. Success starts with self-discipline, determination and setting goals.

November 2019


We are provided with assignments that help us revising and predicting the questions that will come to exams. This semester has been fun. We went on two trips. We visited one of the biggest hotels in Kenya which is located in Naivasha. We did a tour to their kitchen departments. I learned a lot in their kitchen. We also learnt more on front office, housekeeping which is among the hospitality management. We also visited one of the parks in Mount Kenya regional which I found exciting because I was exposed to nature.

Next semester begins in January and ends in March. I will be sitting for external exams in March. Thereafter, I will start my attachment for three months (April-June) and after the attachment, I will be done with my Certificate course. I am working hard every day since my main exams are almost coming to an end. I am also still doing great on my internal exams. I have passed in most of my unit. Next semester we will also be needed to go for one excursion trip which is mandatory to all the students as to complete the course.

I have been participating in handball games in the nearby school. Since I was in high school, this has been my main game and it still is to this day. I still love the game. Whenever I am free, I visit the children’s homes near our school where we volunteer, feed the young kids, make their hair and play with them.

I am learning a lot as time goes by. Staying by myself all the time has made me see life in a different perspective. In the next 5 years to come, I want to be working in one of the biggest hotels and also run my own business. I have learnt that in order to achieve all this, one must be hardworking, discipline and humble. Hospitality is a great course. I did not realize I had a passion for cooking until I joined college. Thank you PDAid Foundation and Kilimanjaro Initiative for making it happen.

October 2019


I have gotten my end of semesters exams results, and I am happy that I did great in my exams apart from a few units which I did not pass well as expected, but I thank God. I tried my best.

I have been revising for my end of Certificate exams which will be done next year in March 2020. The exams are always being sent to London and thereafter taken back for marking. I am working hard every day since time goes by so quickly. I am only left with few months, and I will be done with my Certificate course which I hope that I will pass with flying colors. However, we are always provided with assignments at the end of every lesson so that we can prepare for the forth coming exams. We have been doing research in various fields – and this keeps us open minded about everything, not only in culinary arts, but also in daily life activities.

This semester, I must attend at least two trips (excursions & craft) which is part of course work. If I do not attend these trips I might not graduate, and my course will not be completed – this means I will not even get the certificate.

I am getting familiar with the languages provided in the school, and I find it interesting. I also want to take this opportunity to thank PDAid foundation in partnership with Kilimanjaro Initiative for making this happen.

I have also been improving on my exercises. I have been playing handball with my neighboring school which has been great for all of us since we play together – and not only do we play, but we also interact and get to know each other. We also give advice to young youths and teenagers in our team.

What I learn every day is that the future holds a lot and life has more to offer. Being successful is what makes you have anything that life offers you including a lavish life – this motivates and encourages me to work hard. Every day, I have the opportunity and chance to do better than yesterday. I thank PDAid Foundation for making it happen and for giving me the chance to see life in a different way. I also thank Kilimanjaro Initiative for giving me a chance to be one of them in this journey.

September 2019


I reported back to school late this semester due to unavoidable circumstances, so I missed some of the classes. But all in all, I managed and tried my best to catch up for what I lost.

We are provided with a lot of assignments and research. I have been learning new recipes every day and working on them since we are provided with a lot of theory and practicals at school. We are therefore allowed to research on new recipes. It feels great to be in school of hospitality because it is what I have always wanted in life. I love cooking with passion and being in a hospitality environment. I found a great opportunity to explore different fields in hospitality such as tourism, housekeeping, front office and many more. I also have friends who study other courses that are different from mine, and I see them fairing on well like me so that means that I chose the course that I wanted in life.

I am also learning foreign languages like German, French etc. and I am progressing well. l am getting familiar with the languages provided in school. I also want to take this opportunity to thank PDAid Foundation in partnership with Kilimanjaro Initiative for making this happen.

I have been participating in handball games since I was in high school, and it is now one of my favorite games. I have not managed to visit my PSS group since I am very busy with my classes. Whenever I am free, I visit the children’s homes near our school where we volunteer and feed the young kids. We also make their hair and play with them.

In general, this month has been great. As time goes by, I am realizing that am learning a lot of things. My mind is also expanding since I am around different people with different backgrounds. Life in college is very hard and sometimes if you do not focus you might lose. I keep telling myself that I come from a poor background, and that I will not allow peer pressure to destroy my future. Sometimes, I do not mingle with people who come from rich backgrounds because they can somehow discourage you. I do not let people know more about me – some may share my story or even take advantage of me.

Most of my classmates have dropped school due to peer pressure. Some have started abusing drugs and most of them are pregnant. From this, I have learned that college life can really destroy your future if you engage in bad company. Thanks to my mentor for giving me guidance and counseling.

August 2019


These exams will be end of first semester in certificate course. I am very prepared for the exams. I am doing research and learning more recipes everyday which will definitely help me in the future and more so when I start working. I am left with only two semesters – this semester and next semester which starts in January and ends in April 2020. I will therefore do my final exams in April 2020, and then my school will provide me an internship.

I am still learning German as my foreign language and its quite good. I already know how to introduce myself, count numbers, the days of the week and many other things in German. I am also getting some help from my friend who is German.

My last course results are out, and I did well according to my strength. I am willing to work more than I scored on my next semesters exam because this is my only chance to success. I can do more and work harder since I am only in school for a while, so I have to put in all my effort. Next month, we will have school trips and I must attend one of them. If I fail that, I will not be getting a certificate because they will write in my certificate course that it is “not completed”.

It has been a while since I participated in psychosocial support. I only join my friends at the nearest school to train and play handball. I jog every morning and walk for long distances. Due to a busy school schedule, my time is limited, but whenever I am free, I sometimes pass by and see how they are doing.

I have been doing well in terms of moods and spirit. Generally, this month has been great. I have been keeping myself off bad friends and bad choices. Since I am still growing up and learning a lot, I am now realizing more about myself. I want to be a successful woman, so I have to start working on it now. I have been visiting websites that counsel people especially in college and it is very educative. I can learn many things about both my social and private life.

July 2019


We have different units which I am taking, for example Information Communication and Technology and German language, which is very fun. I can pronounce and write some words in German. At the end of this course, I will be able to speak German. We are provided with three languages (German, French or Chinese), and we are supposed to pick one. At first, I was confused on what language to choose, but I have a friend who lives in Germany and helps me learn German. That’s why I decided to choose German. In general, I have gained more knowledge in school.

I have also been working on some new recipes which I learned on the Internet. My last course results are out, and I did well according to my strength. I am willing to work more than I scored because this is my only chance to success. I can do more and work harder since I am only in school for a while, and I have to put my mind in it. I will be sharing my school result as soon as possible.

I am still participating in psychosocial support and doing workouts, for example I jog every morning and walk for long distances which is healthy for me. I have also been playing handball with my friends from the neighboring school. When am done with my school, I know I will be the best player in hand ball in our PSS group. Starting this month, I am not able to attend the games since I have resumed classes now.

In general, I have been doing well. I have been thinking about my life especially when it comes to my social life. I have been cautious since some of my schoolmates have dropped out of school due to peer pressure and joining bad company. Most of them have become victims of early pregnancies so I decided to make a decision – I want to be on my own and study hard because the outcomes are tough when joining bad company. I have learned to choose friends wisely and realize my purpose and most of all dignity as a young lady. We have counselors who come to counsel us in school. This has helped me as a teenager and has helped me create new paths.

May 2019


Last week, I went back to school to clear and check my exams results. I am supposed to get the results before I start my Certificate Course in July. I was happy about the results since I did well in all three semesters in my Artisan course. I will be sharing my exams results as soon as I get the transcript performance. I have some problems with clearing, but once I manage to clear everything with the school, I will complete my Artisan course this month, and thereafter start my Certificate course in July.

The school has changed its uniform color, and we were asked to buy new ones. I will also be required to renew my school ID, food handler certificate and good conduct certificate.

I am still participating in psychosocial support and doing workouts that are healthy for me. This month, I have not been meeting with my fellow members due to my three months school attachment, but whenever I am free, we meet and make beads and door marts. We also play handball which feels great.

My mood has not been quite good since I lost my grandmother last month which hurts me so much. I felt so down – I have never been this down before in my whole life. She was like a mother to me, and she was the one who brought me up when I was young and taught me a lot of morals. She also provided me with basic needs and supported me financially in order to help me with school activities.

When I heard the sad news, I felt like giving up because it breaks me to see my family suffer, especially my mother and siblings. But I had to be strong for my mother and siblings since I am the oldest. I believe that I will be a successful woman one day and bring happiness to my mother and siblings so they can forget all the pain they went through.

I believe everything happens for a reason, and I told myself to not give up because life is not easy. I will do my best in my studies in order to make my life and future brighter. I believe I will change my family's life and give them a better one.

April 2019


I am attached in a bakery where we bake bread which is always distributed in big towns like Nairobi. It is such a wonderful experience. I am gaining job experience, and it will contribute to the future working place. I have learned a lot in the bakery, and I am looking forward to working hard and learning more. Being in the hospitality department is a wonderful experience – mostly when it comes to food production. I am passionate about cooking which is why I decided to do bakery and pastry.

Being in Amboseli from July last year has made me a great cook, and I believe that I am going to be a great chef in the future. I really thank PDAid Foundation and Kilimanjaro Initiative (KI) for making it happen. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was a great experience, and I am most of all grateful that I have met new people.

I am still participating in psychosocial support. I am into doing workouts that are healthy for me. This month, I have not been meeting with my fellow members due to internship, but whenever I am free, we meet and make beads, door mats and play handball which feels great.

In general, I am learning a lot about the outside world. I meet different people every day. I am spending most of my time by myself which has changed me, so now I can choose my friends more wisely.

March 2019


On Tuesday last week, I finished my end of semester exams, and I will be starting my long holiday in April. The holiday goes on until June, and hereafter I will be doing my attachment. The teachers are helping us with some of the ideas of how we can make the most of our time during the long holidays. They have suggested that I should try to find a hotel to do my attachment during this period, as this will help me learn more and gain experience.

The exam that I just did will determine whether I will proceed with my certificate course in food production or not, but I am positive and am already looking for a hotel where I will do my attachment. I look very much forward to getting one which will let me develop my skills further.

I am still playing handball with my friends and participating in psychosocial support. We meet and play handball near my school. To stay fit and prepared, I am also doing other physical activities such as walking to and from school from time to time.

I have been doing great, and I am happy that I have come to the end of semester. I know that I will now face another life out of school for 3 months and do my attachment. Finding an attachment is not always easy but hope and trust I will find one. I am very pleased to think about the things that I will learn during such a placement, as I am sure that when I start my attachment, I will gain more experience and skills.

I am looking forward to learning more recipes and even inventing my own. Cooking has been something that I have been passionate about for a long time and that I enjoy doing. I am very grateful to pdaidfoundation and Kilimanjaro Initiative for making my dream come true.

February 2019


Our teachers focus on preparing us the best way possible for the test and we work with assignments similar to the ones that might come in our exams. I am determined on getting a good result as this semester’s exams will determine if I will proceed with my certificate course or not.

My fellow students and I have formed study groups in which we revise together. This way, we will be mentally prepared when the exam comes. Another great tool for expanding my knowledge and preparing for the exam is my new phone. By using it to connect to the internet, I am able to find and learn new recipes which is great since I am able to extend my knowledge beyond what I am taught in school.

It feels like this semester was very short since we had to attend many practical lessons before we are going for three months long holidays. Moreover, we had to attach ourselves to some hotels or even bakeries for experience.

I am still participating in psychosocial support group and play handball with my friends near the school. We are quite focused on staying fit and prepared so we also engage in other physical activities. Sometimes, I walk back and forth to school as part of my work out routine. Together with my friends, I also still make beads and mats from time to time, but as I spend many hours on studying and attending classes, I do not have a lot of time to be creative.

Overall, I would say that I am doing great. I am gaining much valuable experience in the outside world through the people I meet daily. I am very focused on avoiding bad company as I have seen some of my schoolmates getting involved with people who use drugs and show bad behavior and from my experience, these mates end up getting lost. I want a successful life after completing the course and this involves staying away from such bad company.

January 2019


We get assignments every day to keep us focused and prepared, and as in the previous semester, the assignments are compiled and added to our end of semester grade. The teachers are very friendly and they make our work easy, and actually, it almost feel like we are being taught by our friends.

This semester I am supposed to attend two trips as part of the course work. Failure to attend the trips will cause a “course not completed”-mark in my certificate and I would have to repeat the course. Therefore, it is very important to me to join the trips.

If all goes as planned, I will be through with my Artisan course in March 2019 and then we will have a long holiday break (April 2019 and end in June 2019) after which I will join my certificate course for 9 months starting in July 2019.

As mentioned, this is the final semester in Cookery and Artisan and I have been busy with classes, and I need to work very hard to pass my exams. But, this also meant that I have not been able to spend time with my fellow psychosocial support team this month. Hopefully, I will have more time when the semester finishes.

Even though it was busy, it has been a great month both at home and at school, and I feel good. I would like to highlight a seminar that I participated in last weekend, when Judy from Kilimanjaro Initiative invited me for a seminar about how girls in the community are neglected. I really learned a lot and I was shocked that so many girls are still struggling so much both with for example affording school fees but also very basic things as for example buying sanitary towels.

That topic really touched me a lot and one day, I wish to be able support as many girls as possible the way PDAID Foundation and Kilimanjaro Initiative supported me. I don’t know where I would be without them.

December 2018


November 2018

Sharon Wambui

Our teachers are very strict with these assignments, as all of them will be complied with our end of semester exams. Of course, this means that we work even harder because failure to do the assignments will result in failing the exams. The teachers help us meet all deadlines as they work hard to make sure that all students are doing what they are supposed to do and on particular time.

Twice a week, motivational speakers come to talk to us and discuss different topics. These topics include for example drug abuse and prostitution. To me, this idea of bringing the motivational teachers to school is the best one ever since it helps people improve their lives.

In my spare time, I am still participating in Psychosocial Support (P.S.S). I also still go to the neighboring school to train handball and sometimes I play with my fellow members at school. Besides playing handball, I stay fit through a daily morning routine of running or jogging.

When all comes to all, this month has being great at school and at home. I am very happy because I am doing great with studies and I have good friends who are there for me. In moods and spirit, I feel really great since I learn new things as days go by and I have also overcome some challenges like staying away from bad company. I learned that bad company can really mess up your life in a blink of an eye, and therefore I now prefer staying alone. I went to school alone and I am going to finish school alone so my future is on my hands.

On another note, I am looking forward for December holiday so I can go home and help my mother in her small, recently opened business where she sells vegetables and fruit. The December holiday also means that I will have time to visit my grandmother in upcountry and I cannot wait to go.

I take this opportunity to wish you merry Christmas and prosperous New Year and to thank you for the support as I continue with my studies.

October 2018


I am still participating in P.S.S and play handball. I enjoy handball very much and play with both members from the school and from the town nearby at the local sports field there. Occasionally, I train with our neighboring school to get some extra exercise.

Generally, I am doing all right and this month has been good at school. I still miss my family but I am learning to cope with the situation. This month, I lost two people that I was very close to and therefore, it has been rough on the private level. But luckily, I have good friends who helped me overcome the challenges and I am now starting to feel better and I am sure that I will be able to move on.

September 2018


SeptemberThe past month, I have continued my participation in the Psychosocial support programme (PSS) in my spare time, and as a group, we are thriving. In addition, I still play handball with my fellow members at school and I enjoy it a lot.

In general, I am doing fine. This month has being great at school but I must admit that sometimes I miss my family. I know that I will get used to living alone as time goes by, but because I used to see my family every day, I suppose it is only natural that I feel a bit lonely every now and then. However, I keep my spirits up and focus on the fact that I am happy with how school is going.

August 2018


I visit my group which is Psycho-social support programme, supported by KI (PSS) as often I can. I used to play handball in a local club, but because handball training and the PSS group sometimes overlap, I have started training in the neighboring school, Mount Kenya University. This way, I can attend both the group and handball practice.

I am actually doing fine, though it’s a bit cold at school. Sometime back, I was feeling a little bit confused since the school was far away from home and I wasn’t familiar to this particular environment and friends in our school, but as soon as I got used to the environment and friends, my moods and spirit came back. Early this month, I made new friends, who have really helped me overcome some major challenges that I face in my life like giving up easily. I would like to appreciate the support I get from Kilimanjaro Initiative and Phoenix Design Aid Foundation thank you for giving me the chance - I really appreciate it.

February 2018


At the moment, I am volunteering with New Life children’s home.

Generally, I am doing fine. Sometime back I was feeling a bit lost and misplaced in my own life but I managed to sort through my feelings.

Earlier this month, a new friend I made at the JENGA V workshop invited me to a seminar held at the UN grounds organized by an organization called Global Trauma Project. The organizers spoke about LEADERSHIP, LEARNING AND TRAUMA. I was very glad to be a part of it.

January 2018


I am volunteering with New Life children’s home at the moment and you can read more about them at this website:

I am generally doing okay. I will be attending the JENGA V International training workshop from the 1st to 3rd of February so I am looking forward to that. I hope to learn a lot from it as it touches on what I am studying in school. I want to thank Kilimanjaro Initiative for sponsoring the training.

December 2017


I am volunteering for New Life children’s home at the moment. You can read more about them @

Generally, I’m great, turned a year older, looking forward to next year with renewed hope of a better future and life, probably say goodbye to some things and come up with new resolutions.

October 2017


I am currently volunteering with New Life children’s home. You can read more about them at

Last week I spent the weekend at the Children’s home, I grew up in. It was fun hanging out with the kids and hearing about their experiences in life and in school. It was also nice seeing my kid sister, whom I will pick up by the end of my semester exams. I will be spending a week or so with her.

I’m generally alright in my private life, although I am a bit frustrated that I haven’t found a job yet. However, I am hopeful that something will come up soon.

September 2017


SeptemberThe unit course has been interesting and challenging. From the experience, I have gotten from them, I am sure that my future is now shaped. This semester, assignments have been plenty with a thorough revision and research. From this, I was able to achieve courage and determination to do my final KNEC examination smoothly. The exam was average and familiar.

I also most sincerely thank my teachers for all the effort they have showed since the beginning. They have been of great assistance through guidance and their mentorship skills.

It was a busy month for me, so I did not do any community activity.

I am generally fine and doing well here in the city. I am also happy.

August 2017


I am volunteering with New Life Children’s Home at the moment.

Being surrounded by all those beautiful helpless babies at New Life Children’s Home has given me a reason to smile again, and the emptiness I was feeling in my heart has been filled. Taking care of them has filled me with so much joy. I am very pleased to be a part of it. I could have taken photos but it is not allowed. All I am saying is that, my mood and spirits are soaring as high as the skies at the moment and that’s all I’m asking for.


We have done a series of assignments. They mainly focus on familiarizing with the topic covered. The assignments give me the courage and confidence to tackle the final exam. My teachers have always been of great assistance to my studies. I thank them all for the devotion and commitment they have given me, while modelling and shaping my future.

During the past month, I have taken part in community activities, covering student association gatherings/meetings, youth sports in the community and the general election in Kenya.

I’m doing well. I am happy and enjoying life in and out of school. It has been a busy and noisy month for all Kenyans because of the general elections. But, we thank God that all went well, and I have now returned to the city strong and cheerful, ready for my last round here in school. I am also happy for the support I receive from the Kilimanjaro Initiative and PDAid Foundation. I appreciate it so much. Thank you!

July 2017


On academics, I concentrate on my lectures in preparation for the KNEC examination, which is due September. This term, I have prepared a series of assignments. I am done with mid-semester exams, including handing in my project and attachment report after it was verified by the school panel.

I thank my intellectual teachers for their great work. They have always been monitoring my progress in academics. Because of them, I am motivated to achieve more and more in my studies.

I have attended various community activities in which during the past month, including attending gathering & meetings, attending youth sports in the community and visiting children homes with my fellow students.

I am doing well, and for now my spirits are high. Generally, I am enjoying life in and out of school. I am also happy that I only have a few month left until the end of semester, where I will be sitting for my end-term-exams. This leads me to achieve an important goal. So, I am all good and thankful.

June 2017


During June, I have not taken part in any community activities due to time pressure. However, I visited Maisha Mema Children’s home, and spent time with the kids and my foster parents. We had a great time together. I also hanged out with my baby sister, who was home for her mid-term break from school. That was a nice weekend, and I was very happy.

I am doing well, and always keep a positive attitude. I am really enjoying my mentorship interactions with my mentor Peninna. It is one of the weekly highlights.


Assignment wise, I am doing my mid-semester examination. Exams are average and cover mostly what we have been learning this term. We have also been doing a series of sitting and take away assignments - mainly to enhance the level of understanding the topic covered.

Our teachers have been busy, tirelessly guiding students on their studies. On my field studies, they have been of great help, giving me proper supervision. With this effort, I now have the courage to be competent in acquiring and implementing new skills in the field market.

This month, I have participated in student association gatherings/meetings, youth sports in the community and visiting children homes with my fellow students.

I am doing well in terms of mood and spirit. Being a religious person, I depend mostly on the scriptures to keep my spirits high. The support that I have received from the Kilimanjaro Initiative and PDAid Foundation leaves me in a good mood at all times. Being in a good mood motivates me to study hard and act as a successful and useful person in society. Thank you.

May 2017


I have not had time to participate in any community activities. I have been very busy with school and work that I have put everything else on hold. It sucks but it will get better. Small sacrifices I have to make.

I am doing well and taking each day one at a time.

I am gaining so much from my mentor, and I am really enjoying our sessions. Tomorrow, 1 June, is a public holiday and my colleagues and I are attending a picnic organized by Koroga Festival at Nairobi National Park. We are going to have so much fun and it will be a good time to catch up on social topics with friends and good food.


The industrial attachment has given me a real picture of what is required in the field. We have done a series of assignments - mostly based on the topic covered. Now we are doing mid-semester examinations, which are matched with the end semester exam.

The industrial attachment has given me a real picture of what is required in the field. We have done a series of assignments - mostly based on the topic covered. Now we are doing mid-semester examinations, which are matched with the end semester exam.

Teachers have also been very active. They encourage discipline and punctuality during lectures. In case of clarity, they are always ready to help.

During this past month, I have been playing sport, engaged in boxing competitions, music concerts and visited children homes with my fellow students.

I am generally doing well here in the city. For now, things are looking up for me. I am so happy and in good mood. I thank the Kilimanjaro Initiative and PDAid Foundation for the support offered to me. May God bless you.

April 2017


I have not had time to participate in any community activities.

I’m doing alright. I moved from my old apartment to a new area, and it is nice. I really needed the change, because I feel trapped when I stay in the same place or do the same things for a long period.

I am very excited about the mentorship program, and I had my first face-to-face meeting with my mentor Peninna through Skype. She is amazing and I have a feeling that I am really going to enjoy working with her. I had been waiting for a very long time for this program to be implemented and now that it has, I want to see the end-results of it all.


Am taking six units this term. As for the course outline, the term is going to be busy. Already during the beginning of the term, we have done some assignments based on the topics covered. We base these mostly on open discussion forums during leisure time. Discussion forums give room for participation of each individual, thus enhancing syllabus coverage within the time scheduled.

Our teachers have reacted positively. They have started the semester on time, and their social approach has made students create a good rapport with teachers.

I have also had a good start working with the Kilimanjaro Initiative office, which I am enjoying. Thanks to Tim for the favor

During the past month, I have been playing sports, attended community celebrations, dinners and visited children homes with my fellow students.

I am generally fine and doing well here in the city. Life in and out of school started well for me. Everything is going well and I see three quarters of my course is already covered. This makes me feel motivated and in high spirit, knowing that I will soon have a bright future. Generally, I would like to thank Kilimanjaro Initiative and PDAid Foundation for the support offered to me. I work day and night in order to prepare a bright future for society and myself. May God bless you for your support.

March 2017



I have been very busy with school and work. So my social life is really being affected although its only temporarily. So I am not complaining. I haven’t had the chance to engage in any community activities, although my class is arranging for us to visit a children’s home in Kibera called Inua Mimi Children’s Centre. I am looking forward to that.

I am doing all right in life. I went to visit my kid sister, who will be in High school by the 17th of this month. She was really happy to see me. It was their academic day in school, where the kids and the parents get to interact with teachers on a one-on-one basis, discussing their performance, weaknesses and general stuff. I had missed her so much, and it was really nice seeing her again. Looking forward to when the schools closes. Then I will get to really hang out with her.


On the side of courses, the units have been good. We have managed to cover the syllabus within time. This created enough time for revisions, thus enhanced better understanding of the course. We have also managed to do our final exams well and submitted assignments during the learning session. Now I am dealing with the project proposal with the assistance from the supervisor. This is the guideline part of my project, which I am preparing to present to the panel by mid-June. Our intellectual teachers have also been in the front line in assisting on both in class sessions and assignments. They have always been available in times of need. We give Mighty thanks for the great skill they have shown throughout the semester.

This month, I have attended youth sports in the community and visited children homes with my fellow students.

The teachers have been very useful - both in class and outside. In terms of punctuality, standards are very high and they always guide students and facilitate understanding.

I am generally fine and doing well. My life for now is full of new encounters both good and bad. I deal with every situation on hand positively. What keeps my spirit and mood high is that I always have ways to solve issues affecting my life. Generally, I would like to thank the Kilimanjaro Initiative and the PDAid Foundation for the support offered to me. I work day and night in order to prepare a bright future for myself and society as a whole. May God bless you for your support.

Februar 2017


I like the courses they are offering. I thought it would be just Psychology, but then they included the rest and I am actually glad because I have always wanted to do a course on HIV/AIDS - especially because my mother died from it.

I cannot say much about my teachers yet, but I like my Entrepreneurship lecturer. He really knows how to engage and involve everyone in his lessons. My HIV/AIDS lecturer is great too. He really helped me catch up with the rest of the class because I joined in later than everyone else did.

I attended the Golf tournament and boxing event organized by KI and UNFCU. It was very motivational and the attendance was great - especially at the golf tournament

I am doing well, compared to the last month. Some of my resolutions are yet to come true so I am just hanging in there. Overall, I am very grateful and extremely happy that I am back in school. I had really been looking forward to that. I am looking forward to the next chapter ahead.

It was very nice seeing Dennis, Tim and Elizabeth as well as the KI staff and the rest of the people. It had been my first visit to Kibera and there was not much difference from where I grew up. I felt like I was walking down memory lane.

Thank you for that experience.


The courses have been good. We have already covered all units and now is revision as I prepare for the end of the semester examination, which will happen after two weeks.

The teachers have been very useful - both in class and outside. In terms of punctuality, standards are very high and they always guide students and facilitate understanding.

We are done with mid semester examination (CATS) and are now preparing for end of semester exams. The CATS were average and teachers provided supervision. The exams test whether one has understood the unit covered.

Unfortunately, I did not attend any community activity this month

I am fine and doing well. My life story currently is a worthy one. Regardless the difficulties I still take life positively. My moods and spirit have been low since receiving the bad news from the family that my grandfather is no more. He passed away on 4 February 2017. The news did affect me mentally since the old man was the only person I called a father in the plains. I would like to thank him for everything he has taught me. May his soul rest in peace.

I thank the words of God that always keep me moving during stressful times and when I am in a bad mood. I seek refuge in the words of God and try my best to be in good terms with everyone close to me. I work hard every day to keep my dreams alive. Overall, I am a happy man. I stay focused and feel appreciative for all the support I get from the Kilimanjaro Initiative and PDAid Foundation.

Januar 2017


I visited a children’s home near my home to enquire if I can volunteer once a week. They told me to await feedback so that’s what I am doing. This involves taking care of months old babies that have been abandoned by their parents or those left in hospitals after birth. I am really looking forward to hearing from them. Some of these kids are HIV+ and it makes me sad that a mother left them at that defenseless state. I am however very proud of those who take care of them. That’s why I want to be a part of it.

I am neither great neither that bad. Let’s just say that this has been a disappointing month and that I am looking forward to the next one. I hope that things will be better.


In regards to courses, this semester we are mainly dealing with project as a unit plus other units. Everyone is assigned a supervisor, who spearhead students in collecting data and results as per his or her topic of interest. We are also provided assignments in the units covered. Some include open forum discussions in class and after classes and questions for research in the library. We also have midterm examinations and end of term examinations, which mainly focuses on ones understanding on the topics covered. The two are averaged to give the final grade. The teachers are also active in class as usual in their guidance of doing my project. They are always ready to help and assist in case of any question.

I have undertaken a range of community activities during the past month, including dinners prepare, serve, cleanup, attending youth sports in the community, community celebrations, and blood donation

I’m fine and doing well. The life am living currently has difficulties, but regardless of that I am living a life full of motivation. To be precise, the support that Kilimanjaro Initiative and PDAid Foundation offer me makes me happy and always thankful of the Almighty for bringing them into my life.

I am motivated and work hard - day and night - trying to make the life I am living meaningful. I dream of one day being a person of great help to my people. If things go well, I will selflessly be a blessing to people in the whole world.

December 2016


DecemberHowever, I got invited to spend Christmas with a family of which I had a close relationship to their son, who was murdered two years ago by gangsters. Every Christmas we get together and go lay flowers on his grave, but since his brother was getting married this December, we will be doing so before New Year.

There is also the selection of youths who will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro this year. I am looking forward to that.

I am well and thinking of resolutions for 2017. Firstly, go back to school. Secondly, date somebody. Thirdly, I’m looking forward to the new year with a clear heart, focus, and setting my priorities right.
December It’s about time I cut ties with those people who have been a negativity growing up and focus on the things I had put on hold in order to accommodate others. I am going to put me first for once in my life.

On a different note, I celebrated my 27th birthday this month and I had been scared to get my back off against the wall, because then, at least then, I shouldn’t have to worry about the fall. With growing older comes responsibilities. So this is a year of taking chances for me.

DecemberFinally, my brother from another mother finally got married and the wedding was spectacular. I was honored to be a bridesmaid. I will attach a few photos for more effect.

Otherwise, I wish everyone a happy new year!


Our lecturers are both men and women of hard work. They are always there for us and we consult them during and after class. They prepare our cats and mark them, and at the end of the semester, we have our results posted online. It is through our lecturers that we get the real context of our course. Our lecturers give us assignments during the study of course. It helps us understand our classes in a better way. We do our research online to answer our assignments in a better way.

During December I have taken part in a range of community activities, including attending friends graduation ceremonies, attending youth sports in the community, attended circumcision ceremonies,

I am generally fine and doing well. I am also happy for everything I have achieved so far. It has been a busy year for me but overall I thank God, KI and PDAid Foundation, who have been behind my success throughout the year. I am a different person now. I have gained much in terms of skills and knowledge. Generally am so proud.

December is also a month where I was given a two-week break. I am glad for the family reunion in the plains. We are all fine here. We wish you a happy new year.

November 2016


Early next month, I will be going to the Children’s’ home I grew up in to visit my brothers and sisters and teach the younger ones a few Christmas carols and also pick up my baby sister. I want to spend some time with her before school starts. In fact, I will be celebrating Christmas with them.

It was nice seeing Founder of the PDAid Foundation, Dennis Nielsen, earlier this month, and I am really looking forward to joining the mentoring program and to resuming school in January. I have been seriously considering applying for a better job and been updating my CV through the help of Melissa Thomsen from the PDAid Foundation, Whom I am very grateful to. Finally, I am looking forward to celebrating my friend’s wedding. He is like a brother to me. I will be a bridesmaid on his big day, and I am very excited about it.


We have performed a series of assignments during each unit. During lectures, we do sitting and take home assignments. We perform sitting assignments twice during the mid-semester as continuous assessment tests. Towards the end of the semester, we perform our main examination. We do take home assignments when finalizing each topic. We have highly trained and qualified teachers, who are always available during teaching hours. They maintain direct interaction with students and are ready to help in case we need clarification.

I have attended students’ associations’ gathering/meetings and youth sports in the community. My fellow students and I have visited children homes school trips.

I’m doing well. The weather in Kenya is hot and wet. It is raining all over the city. Trees and plants are green around the city. It is generally beautiful, and I am happy here and enjoying life both in and out of school. I am also happy for the everyday support that I get from Kilimanjaro Initiative and PDAid Foundation. I appreciate it so much. Thank you.

October 2016


My spirits were dampened when I got back from New York. My younger brother lost his wife and their unborn child due to internal bleeding. However, life has to move on.

OctoberI finally got to meet Dennis’ wife Pia while in New York and she is amazing. We had a fun girl’s day out and and visited many sites in New York. We also volunteered in the soup kitchen for the homeless together.

I am now looking forward to living my life to the fullest without anything holding me back. Right now, the pen is in my hand and the ending is very much unplanned. Until then, the rest of my life story is still unwritten.

I would like to thank anyone who has been involved in seeing the best in me and seeing my potential, when I couldn’t even believe in myself. Everyone who placed a bet on me and said I would make it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


We are also provided with assignments at the mid and the end of every unit to test the level of understanding. During lectures, we have group discussions, which facilitate exchange of ideas especially on critical topics. Teachers are also punctual during class hours and highly skilled. They encourage a one on one discussion with students making the class lively. In times of tests, they are always available for supervision.

I have attended a variety of community activities during the month, including gatherings/meetings, youth sports in the community and visiting children’s homes with my fellow students.

I am doing well. The weather here in Kenya is hot, thus favoring most of us. I am generally enjoying life in and out of school. I am also happy that I am back to school and that everything is doing well for me here. Generally am in a good mood only focusing on the future. Thank you.

September 2016


Our lecturers are hardworking people and people who have get a greater objectives of seeing us make it in life. They attend their classes fully and sign the attendance register before they leave the class. They give us cats at the middle of the semester so as to check on how we are doing since the start of the semester. Those continuous assessment test are so important as they reflect our end of semester.

We are also given assignments to tend to by our lecturers. Some of the lecturers need their assignments to be availed online. The assignments makes us to familiarize with what the lecturers teach. Some of the assignments are undertaken in group work or by individuals.

I am generally doing well here. September was a good month for me, I was lucky to have earn a two break out of school(holiday) that was on 16 September 2016 to 3,October 2016.

I am happy and also in a good mood to be back to the plains safe and for the reunion with my family. Currently am on the last stage of preparation to get back to the city ready for the start of the new semester, that is; 3rd October 2016. Thank you.

August 2016


I am well. Was very sick and at one point I passed out in the house - and that’s when I panicked and decided to visit the hospital. The doctor recommended I get an MRI scan among other tests. My head was okay and everything appeared normal. I was relieved! However, I had Malaria and Typhoid, but I got treated and I am now okay. I am very much looking forward to my upcoming trip to the US!

Hope to meet the other youth from New York, which I climbed Kilimanjaro with. I kept in touch with them, and when I told them the news, they were very excited. I will be going to the Embassy on 2nd and I have my fingers crossed that I will get a Visa.


Regarding lectures, I believe the university has the best trained lectures. Often there are few or no complaints from students concerning lectures. Most of them are available to students for consultation. For now their lectures are enjoyable.

The lecturers give assignments as part of course work – to be done either individually or as a group. A period is given hand in hand with the deadline for submission of the assignment. Most lectures currently prefer the assignment being submitted in a typed and printed form. Others prefer online submission via email. This helps students to keep up with technology, which is a key factor in the global competitive world.

During the month, I have attended in gathering/meetings, youth sports in the community and visits to children homes with my fellow students.

I’m fine and doing well. The weather here in Kenya is cold and dry - something I have already adapted to. I am generally enjoying life both in and outside school. I am also happy that my school fee have been on time. Generally, I am in a good mood only focusing on the school.

July 2016


To be honest, I have not taken part in any community activities for quite a while now. I work from Monday all through to Saturday so I have no time to engage in anything much.

I am energetic, healthy, and alive and busy working. I try to keep myself focused with positive things. I have spent a few days with my younger sister, who is the mother to my nephew and whom I hadn’t seen for quite a while. I was so happy that she was around and a great company too. Although she did not bring my nephew along, it was nice having her around. We talked at length. She talked about her struggles, how she wishes she had completed school like me and even called me her role model compared to her other siblings. Living in the ghetto, she explained how many young boys her own age have engaged in crime and abuse of drugs, how young girls are dropping out of school to get married due to poverty and how they are going to funerals almost every week as young people are dying due to police killings, mob justice or HIV and Aids. Long after she left, I couldn’t stop but think about it and how I had escaped those very things she had described to me. I consider myself quite lucky. At least I have a job, a decent home, and people who I can talk to when I feel like my back is up against the wall. Most of these kids have literally no one. They have been neglected and left to their own devise.


We are provided with assignments at the end of every topic, which include discussions, research and individuals to facilitate better understanding. Examinations are conducted twice in a semester; that is during the mid-course (CATS) and at the end of the term (MAIN EXAM).
The school has highly skilled and knowledgeable lecturers. They work tirelessly for the benefit of each individual. In case of any clarification they are always ready to assist.

I have taken part in various community activities during June, including communities gathering/meetings, digging i.e. weeding, herding, youth mentorship programme, and I have participated in Maasai (morans) rite of passage

I am doing well. I am generally happy and in a good mood, only feeling appreciative of my sponsors, Tim the president of Kilimanjaro Initiative and Dennis the founder of PDAid Foundation for making it happen. This is what always makes hopeful. It makes me put a smile on my face each and every day. Thank you!

June 2016


To be honest, I have not taken part in any community activity for quite a while now. I work from Monday all through to Saturday, so I have really no time to engage in anything much.

Generally, I am doing okay. I guess a full time job has taken away everything else. I do not do as much stuff as before and don’t go out or really meet with other people. The only people I interact with are my colleagues, and every once in a while I meet up with old friends. I started writing as a way of keeping myself busy. It’s been tough on me because I’m a very social person. Otherwise, I’m alright.


We are also given assignment to undertake during the study of our course. We do some of our assignments by the help of internet and others are done practically. We submit our assignments to our lecturers after a certain period of time; some of our assignments are recorded in our results slips at the end of the semester.

Our lecturers are very hardworking and dedicated. They come to class earlier and teach us in a nice way, making sure we understand their lessons very well. They also give us examination papers which they mark and our marks are recorded.

I have taken part in various community activities during June, including community gatherings/meetings, youth sports in the community, herding, and attending fund raising in the community.

I am doing well. The weather here in Kenya is cold and dry but I have already adapted. I am generally enjoying life in school and out of school. I am also happy having completed my certificate level successfully, marking the end of my third semester.

It is a month where I was given a two week break (holiday) in school leading to the reunion with my lovely family. They are also happy and proud of me. I am currently in the process of preparing to get back to school from 4th July 2016 and start my diploma course. Thank you!

May 2016


Now that I have a full time job, it’s getting harder and harder to participate in a lot of things. I really want to do more in terms of community work but I work all the way through Monday to Saturday and Sundays I do my laundry and all other cleaning stuff.

MayOn the brighter side, I help my client every day for an hour over the phone. In other words, I haven’t participated in any community activities lately. Our Youth Without Walls leader is in a very bad condition. We were to meet for a fundraising a few weeks back but it rained pretty heavily and so most of us didn’t make it. However, we send his family our little contribution to help him through kidney dialysis. We are also praying with his family for his quick recovery.

I am doing okay. Still counseling my clients. It’s just amazing how comfortable they are getting with me and how new issues are coming up.

Apart from that, I have really thought hard about my own life and the few things I need to change. I have realized that many things that happened in the past have held me back from doing things I would normally have done a long time ago. I feel that I owe it to myself to be happy and live a happy life in the future. Maybe happiness is overrated, but I want to earn every second this world has given me.


In addition, we are handed assignments for research, which is supposed to be submitted within a specified period. Some are done individually while others through group work discussions. Those done by individual effort are termed as continuers’ assessment test, completed at mid-semester and amounts to 30 % of the final examination. We have already sat for the tests and they were average. We do group work assignments daily to assess the level of the topic of study.

The teachers are highly skilled and hardworking. They arrive to classes on time and are always ready to help in case of any clarification. During class, they engage on a one on one discussion with students and give room for questions. During examination, they are always available to provide supervision. I’m generally happy and doing well. It is cold and rainy here in the city but I’m enjoying life.

I would like to appreciate the support I get from Kilimanjaro Initiative and PDAid Foundation; this always gives me motivation and hopes of a bright future. Thanks a lot.

Now I’m focusing on preparation for end term exams, which will commence during the next week.

April 2016


I really want to do more in terms of community work but I work all the way from Monday to Saturday, and Sundays I do my laundry and other cleaning.

AprilI help my client every day for an hour over the phone. He is now opening up and talking more about his feelings and experiences. I am happy that we have come so far.

I am doing okay. I am just overwhelmed with work load, since my colleague is on leave, which means, I am doing double the work.

Apart from the rain and trees falling on the roads along the area where I live, everything else seems to be working out just fine.

Our youth leader in my group YOUTH WITHOUT WALLS is very ill and needs a liver transplant. Everyone is working hard on trying to raise funds for him. We are praying for him and hope everything works out okay.

I am really looking forward to getting more people to mentor and hope to find someone who will mentor me too.


We are presented with assignments to be undertaken individually or as a group, which sometimes makes it easier to tackle the questions. Assignments help us in the revision for the end term exams.

AprilI have to credit our lecturers. They teach us in a very good way. They put such devotion into their job and work tirelessly on preparing notes and giving us handouts to enhance our understanding.

I have taken part in the following community activities during the last month: Attending community gathering/meetings, attending a wedding and visit the disable in the community.

I’m generally fine and doing great here, only having a little fever but I guess it is due to change of climate. I thank God for being my protector always. That is, I’m in good shape and attending my every day classes as usual.

April marks the month where I commenced my third semester. I’m happy and enjoying my studies in school. Only feeling appreciative and forecasting to any step ahead towards life. Thank you.

March 2016


MarchIn general, I have been okay this month. The future looks bright and although there are challenges, I am confident that I will conquer them.

Meanwhile, I moved to a new house that is closer to my work place and school. It’s a nice house, so I am happy.


My experience with assignments has been fantastic too. They have always been worth my time. Assignments have taught me how to express my ideas sufficiently in written form. They also increased my knowledge due to research, which I had undertaken before putting all ideas on paper.

MarchTeachers have been very professional. They have actually helped me to build my confidence in and outside class. Their one on one interaction with students has been up to our expectations. I hope to see more of this until I finish my studies.

As far as community activities go, I have attended community gatherings/meetings, weddings and been active herding.

I’m fine and doing well. Although, this months has been very hot here in Kenya. I was given a two week break (holiday) in school, leading to the reunion with my lovely family. They are also happy and are proud of me, and all those who made my dreams come true (KI and PDAid foundation).

Now I’m in the process of preparing myself to get back to school on April 4th.

February 2016


FebruaryI am helping the kids in my community together with my youth members with their after school work, when I can.

Generally, I am doing okay. Still getting the hang of things. In terms of community service, I am working and when I get back home it is pretty late. It’s going to be even harder starting this month because I am resuming school.

I just got confirmed in my new job. I’m really excited about it.


FebruaryOn my course, I am taking five units this semester and they are average units (neither difficult nor simple) and require focus. They are exciting and fun and I am greatly enjoying my studies.

We are also provided with assignments. Some are tested at the mid-month to test the level of understanding on units. One is in process, and will sum up to 30 percent. Others are provided at the end of the semester, and will sum up to 70 percent.

The teachers are professional. They are punctual and willing to deliver the content if assistance if needed. They are available and help both during and after classes.

I’m fine and doing great. Thank God for the good health and for his day to day protection.

It is a new month, and I am happy after recovering from last months incident. Now I am only focusing on building my future.

I’m also happy and in good spirit after the invitation to the Kilimanjaro Initiative’s 10th Anniversary celebrations. Being among the lucky who attended the celebration, I was happy to meet my sponsors Tim (Kilimanjaro Initiative) and Dennis (PDAid Foundation). I am proud to know you. Thank you.

January 2016


JanuaryUnfortunately, I was attending evening classes and it was hard to attend my group activities since the time was colliding.

Generally am doing well. My spirits are high and I am ready to explore this year’s highs and lows.

I can’t complain much about life in general because there is no point in complaining; life will always be what it is. One needs to adjust.


Teachers are willing to assist students. They keep time in attending classes and they show seriousness, as they will not allow late coming students to interrupt the process of learning in class.

It is now a new year with the month of January – a year, which I personally have a strong belief, will be a year of success. I really thank God for his protection and favors now that I’m fine and doing great in focusing on the steps ahead towards a better life. I started the month with a high mood now that I’m back in school ready for my second semester, which I started well with my school fees cleared and my personal needs also settled. I would like to deeply thank the Kilimanjaro Initiative and Phoenix Design Aid Foundation for always supporting me. Thanks a lot.

With all this enjoyment, I was shocked that the month didn’t end well for me as expected. On Friday 22 January in the morning, I woke up early as usual ready to attend my morning classes. On the way to school, two men attacked me. They took my only nice phone and some cash (for personal use). But thank God that I was not hurt in the process. The act did confuse me. It affected me both mentally and physically for a whole week. It even lead me to hate Nairobi and life in this city. Why me? Thanks to Dennis (PDAid Foundation founder) words “NEVER GIVE UP” back at the 2014 Kilimanjaro Climb, I was encouraged that in this world or as a man I should never give up. We should always fight for the better of our future. Again referring to Tim’s (KI president) attack in Nairobi, he never gave up despite being in a new country and a new city. Instead, he went ahead and made his goals and dreams come true. Thanks to them, I am now only focusing on my studies.


December 2015


Teachers were very friendly and well skilled. They use varied methods to deliver their contents to scholars.

The month of December was a month of good and bad things for me. At the beginning of the month I was down and very sick, thus hindering me from attending community activities. I thank God that it didn’t take long before I got well - only lacking appetite to date. Now am in high mood and in good spirit after the weeks of celebrations with family and friends. Generally, I am doing well and humble and highly appreciative of any step ahead.

October 2015


OctoberGenerally, my life has been just normal. No major drama or anything I couldn't handle. As for my group Youth without Walls, I explained everything as to why I couldn't participate in the activities with them until the end of this month. I am glad they understood me. All I am focused on right now is completing school and focusing on passing my examination. That’s where my energy is at right now. Otherwise, my classmates and Facilitators are supportive and amazing.

I want to thank everyone who have been involved in this amazing journey from the bottom of my heart. I want them to know that they have given me hope. Hold my hand through this journey. Until next time.


I have also achieved great exposure; I have great friends with whom I share great ideas in school and outside school. Am doing great in my studies. I always attend three classes every day. Professors are also good with great skills of teaching hence I find it very interesting attending their classes. For now, we have done many assignments from all the units and we are preparing for the assessment test, which will start in a week’s time. Life here at school is very good apart from challenges such as high standard of living.

Through a group composed of some elites from my community, we have formed an organization called Kuku Youth Alliance, which main agenda is unity and education. We move from one region to another preaching to the youth on the benefits of education.

September 2015


We have had several assignments that involved self-discovery and it was a hard journey for me. This week we were dealing with the Theories of Counseling but we had to do it as a group. We are still working on it so I will talk more about it after the presentation.

I have been so busy, especially with the schoolwork, so I haven't been very active in my community and especially in my group Youth Without Walls (YWW). My course involves a lot of research and consultation and because of this, I rarely get time to participate in my group's activities as much as I would like to. Besides, classes and time used on group activities is another issue. I take the evening classes, so by the time I get home my group has already closed office. I feel very bad about it.

The KI staff has been most supportive and really involved. They gave me an opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and that’s an experience I will always treasure. Thank you for making sure that I finally went to school.  Many thanks go to Dennis Nielsen of PDAid Foundation and his team that has worked tirelessly to make my dreams come true. Thank you for taking me to school and for the financial assistance.  At least I have one less thing to worry about.