Languages spoken, read and written: English, Swahili and Luo
Explain why you chose your course of study: I love sports, especially football [soccer], and I would like to work with athletes in a sports organization.
How did you come to accept Christ as your personal Savior? I received Christ during a Kenya Student Christian Fellowship convention. It was on 27 November 2011, during an evening fellowship. I was 20 years old.
Who has had the most influence on your life and why? My dad. He struggled to ensure that I successfully went through school despite the challenges our family faced. He always encouraged me to give thanks to God in all situations and this helped me keep my faith in Christ. He showed me how to respect and show humility to others. He always challenged me to make good use of the sponsorship opportunity, so as to be responsible and make a positive impact in our family. I therefore want to make him proud, because he believes in my strengths and abilities.
How has God used Compassion to form who you are today? I came to know about Christ when I joined Compassion in 2000. I got saved at a convention which was sponsored by Compassion. The Bible I received at the project has helped me know more about God. Moreover, I got spiritual guidance from my project teachers. Compassion has paid my school fees from when I was in class 1 to university. I have received gifts from the project. I have been exposed to different parts of the country, where I have met and socialized with different people through camps and conferences organized by Compassion. I have made friends. My self-esteem has improved through teachings and encouragement. I have also learned how to interact and socialize in a healthy manner through teachings on sexual purity. My medical bills have been taken care of.
What was your family life like? I grew up in Kisumu in a family of seven children. I am the fourthborn. We lived with our father in a rental house from 1995 to 2007, given that our parents had separated for that period. Our three eldest siblings (girl, boy, girl) could not go beyond primary school due to fee problems. I am the fourthborn and managed to go through primary and secondary, and am currently in university, thanks to the support from Compassion International. The fifthborn is a girl and currently in form 2. The sixthborn is also a girl and is in class 7, and the lastborn is a boy in class 5. My parents are both alive and born again. I lived with them until 2011, when they relocated to our rural home in Ugenya. From that time on, I lived with one or another of my brothers and, in order to support ourselves, we had the job of collecting solid waste and dumping it in a nearby site. My father is a cobbler and currently works at the shopping center in the rural home. My mum is unemployed. My two elder sisters are now married.
Describe the environment where you grew up: I did my nursery school at Magadi Nursery School in 1999. In the following year, I joined Magadi Primary School, after which I transferred to Kibuye Mixed Primary School, where I proceeded up to standard 8 and did my Kenya Certificate of Primary Education. I passed well in these exams. I was then admitted to Kisumu Day High School in 2008 and did my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education there in 2011 and scored grade B (plain) of 65 points. In November 2012 I joined Moi University. In the course of my education, I met many friends, some of whom I still see. Among the challenges I have had to face was being away from school due to fee problems, but even in such situations the project came in and helped me. Other challenges were negative peer influence and the constant interruptions within the family caused by separation of my parents.
What are some of your favorite activities? I like watching and playing football [soccer], reading inspirational books and poems, socializing, assisting the needy, and traveling.
How are you currently serving in your local church or community? Currently I am serving the community and the local church through mentoring younger brothers and sisters to realize their dreams. Their self-driven attitudes will develop my community and Kenya at large.
Tell us some of your strengths or special achievements: I believe in myself and in those who believe in themselves. I managed to pass my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations, and now I am in the university pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sports management. I was awarded a certificate of merit while in standard 2 for ranking second in the class. I was given the Principal’s Award twice while in high school for scoring above 90% in history and Christian religious education. I was also awarded a certificate of participation in the six-a-side football competitions in the project. I was also awarded a certificate of participation in a business training conducted by Kenya Institute of Business Training.
How do you hope to use your future career and leadership skills to be a servant leader and help your community, church and country? I intend to start a sports and skills development academy so that I can help the needy children in my community to nurture their talents and skills, to realize their dreams. Moreover, I will introduce children to Christ so that they may grow knowing Christ as their personal Savior and I will guide them to Christlike life so that they may also spread the gospel to other children.
Tell us about your goals for next year:
Spiritual: I want to grow more in my spiritual walk. I plan to be at the forefront in spreading the gospel and encourage people to live a godly life.
Physical: I want to acquire and adopt healthy practices, like consuming safe and healthy foods and engaging in regular physical exercise.
Academic: I want to graduate with a first-class honors degree in sports management from Moi University in 2017. Therefore, I will be more committed in my group tasks, attending lectures punctually and making consultations with my professors.
Social/Emotional: I want to make new friends who are focused and committed in life. I also want to learn how to associate with others in a positive way, regardless of their convictions.
Servant Leadership: I want to be able to lead with humility, always showing a good example and impacting my sphere of influence positively.
Do you have a prayer request? I request that you pray for me to complete my education successfully and become the person I always desire to be.