The Picture of Strength
It was Drew Barrymore that said ‘In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.’ Roseline is living proof of that.
Roseline’s father died when she was just three months old, forcing her mother to move out of their home, owned by her father’s brothers, to live with her parents. When her mother remarried, Roseline was forced to stay with her grandparents, who worked hard to provide a safe home and some education.
Through the years, Roseline was in and out of school but with the limited support from her grandparents and working odd jobs, she was able to finish primary and secondary school. Despite the challenges, this year, she graduated from university with a degree in Applied Statistics.
"I used the abuses and hardships laid upon my family as my weapon and my strength to solider on," says Roseline.
With her background, Roseline was never sure how she would finish her high school education but when she received a university scholarship, she felt like she was unstoppable.
"The opportunities that are now open to me are numerous and I feel that whichever path I choose I have the confidence, skills, and motivation to succeed at whatever I do."
Darlene is the incredible human that supported Roseline’s scholarship since her first year and is now privileged to witness her complete her studies after four years.
"I opted to sponsor Roseline from her entrance into Murang’a University of Technology to the end of graduation so she knew I was with her all the way," says Darlene. "It was a very amazing experience to see her development and progress. Given her last year of school was during a pandemic, she never doubted she would succeed and complete her goal of graduation. Well done Roseline!"
Having heard about One Girl Can through mutual friends, Darlene first got involved because she wanted to make a difference with something she felt passionately about.
"After 25 years of owning and running a business, it was time to retire and move on to 'funner' pastures," recalls Darlene. "I always felt the desire to make a difference in someone else’s life, to mentor, to support, to assist in ways I had not done before."
Through regular letter exchanges over the years, Darlene and Roseline have created a real, meaningful relationship. Roseline gushes over Darlene’s family and always asks for updates.
"Tell them I love them a great deal and that they are very lucky to have you in their lives," writes Roseline. "Am grateful for any support or ideas they offer to you because it indirectly has a great positive impact and value in my life."
One of her goals is to one day meet Darlene in person and give her a hug and the feeling is mutual.
"If I could be with Roseline, I would give her a huge hug and give my heartfelt congratulations to her for all the hard work and effort she has put into her life which has really just begun," Darlene says.
Roseline has just joined the One Girl Can team as our intern, assisting with programming in Kenya. Additionally, she is already actively mentoring other girls in her community, where she volunteers her time to teach math and science.
We are so proud of what she’s accomplished so far and her selflessness to give back to her community.
"I work hard so to ensure that my mother, my stepbrothers, my family and society at large will have a better tomorrow and there will be somebody for the next generation to emulate."
There’s no stopping her and she has so much more to do. Congratulations on your graduation Roseline!
"My ambition is to impact the world positively through formulation of policies which are fair to human kind, and ensuring their implementation by the government."
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