Valentine is one of four Nairobi Seed of Hope Home Care Management students who went for attachment during the August holidays, were retained by their employers and are now in full time jobs. Valentine got employed in a hotel.
She lives with her mother and three siblings in one of the slums of Nairobi after her father passed on while she was just nine. Her mother has struggled by engaging in small businesses to put food on the table and educate her children. When Valentine was admitted to high school, her mother took up a loan from her women’s group to ensure that her daughter continued with studies as she felt that this was the only life time investment she could give to her children. Although Valentine completed high school, life was difficult as her mother’s business had closed down and there was no way she could go to college and pursue a career since her younger siblings are in still in school and their mother goes from place to place looking for casual jobs in order to make ends meet.
Valentine learned about Seed of Hope through a former graduate who gave her hope in pursuing her dreams. She enrolled in January of 2017 and took up a course in Home Care Management, her passion being cookery. She was involved in the Amuka programme and empowerment clubs that saw her gain confidence and courage to deal with issues of life. This is what she said “Since I joined Seed of Hope, my life changed as I have gained confidence, learned to interact with others and gained courage to face things in life.”
During an earlier interview, Valentine mentioned her desire to go for attachment then probably get employment and have some savings that will enable her open her own restaurant. I believe that she is not far from achieving her dreams now that she has completed her attachment and got employed at the same time. She has made arrangements with the course teacher to be attending classes twice a week so as to finish up the course and graduate with the rest of her classmates.
Valentine is working had to ensure that her mother is able to able to go back to her business while her siblings do not drop out of school due to lack of school fees. Her advice to all the young people and classmate is “Have confidence, believe in yourself and use the opportunity given to better your tomorrow”. We wish her and the other students all the best in their new jobs.
Post by Sherry Waweru, Impact Assessment Officer
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