Can't Stop, Won't Stop
In 2016, when we first met Faith, she was excited and eager to begin her university education with a scholarship from One Girl Can.
Her parents worked hard to give her and her siblings a happy home but it wasn’t always easy. Despite the challenges, her parents believed in her and she was able to finish high school as one of the top students in her class.
"University was always a dream and through this scholarship, I have an opportunity to pursue my dream," she says. "Thank you for believing in me."
We never had any doubt and five years later, Faith is a university graduate with a degree in Accounting. Graduating amidst the pandemic had its hurdles but her work ethic and determination got her through.
"Finishing my last year during a pandemic was quite a task," Faith says. "We went back to school in the month of October [after schools closed in April] and we had to finish up the remaining units and do our final examination in only two months."
With a strong sense of personal responsibility and integrity to her studies, she persevered and graduated with second class honours.
"During the school closure due to COVID 19, I did not expect the compulsory break to take long. However, when it went on for months, I decided to look for an internship in Nairobi. I dropped my application in many offices hoping for feedback but I got none! But I kept moving forward. School started back in October so my plan was to go back to school and continue with my search later. I landed my first internship right after my examinations."
Work in Progress
Increasingly, a degree doesn’t directly translate into a job anymore. For One Girl Can, we are not successful until students can start working, earn a living and become financially independent.
Faith interned at Aussage Motor Group, gaining valuable experience that would help make her stand out when she was ready to enter the workforce.
"Being able to find a job immediately after school gives me an opportunity to grow and meet professionals who have been in my field for a long time. I look forward to gaining more experience and get more opportunities to help me sustain my family and also give back to the community."
And Faith did stand out.
She is already working full time with Aussage’s sister company, Shavaughn Healthcare Group as an Accounts Assistant. The company saw potential in Faith and in this role, she is able to use her accounting background and expand her skills to learn and take on even more.
"This opportunity gives me a chance to interact more with customers and have a better understanding of the products and services offered by the company."
Just getting started
And this is only just beginning.
Through One Girl Can’s partnership with Generation Kenya, Faith qualified for additional skills training to help her development and growth. Through the training program, she’s discovering a knack for customer service and becoming even more versatile as she enters the workforce.
"After the training, I can meet with potential employers and hopefully get an opportunity to use the skills I’m learning."
"I am hoping for the best, however, I still have a long-term goal of working abroad as a successful accountant."
As the oldest of three children, Faith sets the example for her siblings, leading with her actions. Her advice for her sisters is what brought her where she is now.
"I always tell my sisters that consistent hard work will always pay off."
Faith shows what determination and goal setting can achieve and with her unfaltering work ethic, big things will happen.
"This scholarship has not only changed my life but also my parents and siblings because I will be able to support them. I will give back to society by educating more girls and creating smiles on their faces. It is my dream to help the poor and through this scholarship, I definitely will do that."
What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a university student
$300Co-sponsor a university student
$500Buy a laptop for a first year university student
$1000Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year
$3500Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop
$25Co-sponsor a university student
$42Buy a laptop for a first year university student
$84Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year
$292Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop
What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a high school student
$50Help fund tuition for a high school girl
$250Fund six months of high school for a girl
$500Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board
$21Fund six months of high school for a girl
$42Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board
$84Fully sponsor two girls for one year, including tuition and board
What can my donation provide For a Unrestricted Donation
$50Your donation can help to give one desk and bench for two students.
$100Provide school spirit with two sets of sports uniforms for 25 girls so they can stay active while at school.
$250Further the voices of tomorrow with one desktop computer for journalism club.
$10Outfit a girls sports team with two sets of uniforms.
$50Promote performance and fine arts education for girls by supporting with musical instruments for music and dance groups.
$66Can help provide a water tank adequate for drinking water for a whole school.