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Introducing myself and my journal

I was born in a poor family, struggled with life and I thank God that He has led me through to where I am now. Both of my parents died when I was 12 years old, leaving me and my siblings with no means of support. Our first born brother took over the responsibility of taking care of us. He worked very hard to maintain our needs of shelter, food and education. Most of my school days were spent at home due to lack of school fees. I also completed private studies at home during the evenings and on weekends.

Through God's mercy, a good Samaritan came my way after seeing how eager I was to learn. He paid my school fees as a day scholar and I was able to continue with my education. I enrolled in a Secretarial college where he also paid my fees and I earned a diploma to become a Secretary. I worked very hard and became employed in a Mission Hospital as a Secretary for 20 years. During my dedicated career as a Medical Secretary, I volunteered in some orphanage centres during weekends and holidays. From my earnings, I assisted needy girls in the community by paying part of their school fees so that they could continue with their education.

Wanting to continue to help more girls, I prayed for more knowledge, wisdom and prosperity to assist the poor girls in the community (who were in the same category with me) so they could have good opportunities in employment through education. Most of the girls in the community were illiterate due to the fact of potentially becoming pregnant at an early stage with no parental support for their education. Most parents were not willing to educate girls in fear of them dropping out of school which left the girls taking care of the home, fetching water and firewood and preparing meals for the family. The parents expected the girls to mature and marry for their husbands to support them.

My life experience has given me the passion to reach out to girls and establish a learning centre for education as they mature into independent women to contribute in the job market place of their community. Out of my own savings, I managed to become Founder of the Kakamega Women Telecentre. I bought some computers and office machines to have the girls and women get some knowledge in ICT and general knowledge (empowerment) to become educated and independent.

My prayers are that God opens more doors and encourages Samaritans to help assist poor girls and women of the Kakamega Women Telecentre. By doing so, their educational needs will be accomplished with a quality, happy life with recognition and respect from the community as individuals or wives that husbands and God will be proud of. We are very grateful what God is doing and may He richly bless all Samaritans, donors and collaborators.

rhobai67@yahoo.com
www.kakamegawomentelecentre.org

Comments

delphine criscenzo's picture

Welcome!

Hello Rhobai,
welcome to World Pulse online community.
It is great to have you with us. You are demonstrating amazing leadership skills. Providing access to the internet for women is essential. I am so glad you are working toward a goal of computer literacy.
Here you will find many people investing in technology and equality for women and girls.
Start networking!
Cheers,

Delphine Criscenzo

Rhobai's picture

My journal

Dear Delphine,

Thank you for the good advice. I have just posted it. You may have a look

lemonades's picture

Chilling!

Hi Rhobai, the beginning of your story sent chills down my spine but by the time I finished reading it I felt much better because I saw how you picked up the pieces . Your zeal at helping other females especially really motivated me. Kudos and keep it up. More grease to your elbows! The best is yet to come.

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