Introducing myself and my journal: Surviving stigma
It is March, 2006. I have been in high school for a week. I am wallowing in homesickness and general discomfort from being in a new environment; around new people; governed by new rules; and, no mommy to run to. It is Saturday. I am bored out of my skin. I make my way to the Computer Laboratory. I have been learning computer literacy for a week.
Now I need to get a few things out of the way. Before I joined high school, I had neither seen nor had an encounter with a computer. Here we are now, in this magical place popularly known as the 'comp-lab'. There are many shiny screens, and, a lot of wiring. So much wiring. I settle down in the lab and go about switching one of the PCs on. I am a fast learner. I have got all that in the bag. After an hour of reminding myself everything we learnt last week, I stumble upon 'Internet Explorer'. Explore did you say? I definitely want to explore. I want to explore everything and learn as much as I can about the internet. I open 'Internet Explorer' but, of course, this is not my day- 'a connection cannot be established'. I call on the laboratory technician to help me. He presses a few buttons, mumbles a few words and then, standing up, declares, "It must be the settings."
My name is Vivian Ntinyari. It is almost a decade since I had this first encounter with the internet. Not exactly the best prelude; but, I couldn't be more thankful. My interest in the internet has grown by leaps and bounds since. I have had the opportunity to engage with a network of people who have become life long friends, a mentor, and employers for me. I am now in university, chasing after a bachelor's degree in laws. Besides, I work as a social media manager for an organization called Plus Fabulosity. Plus Fabulosity is an empowerment organization that concentrates its efforts on making life easier and more bearable for plus-sized girls in Kenya. I got into the firm as a web-content generator.
Breast cancer awareness, information technology, community development, law and security.
Time constraints and financial constraints.
My Vision for the Future:
To be part of a global internet focused breast cancer awareness campaign.
My Areas of Expertise:
Social Media Management, content generation, legal aid