MEET OUR YOUTH CLIMBERS
18years old, KenyaMy name is Maureen Wangari Ndung’u; I am have just completed my O level in November 2018. I am the first born in a family of two, living with my single mother who works hard to provide for us. It is my ambition to join college and do a course in social work and community development. I am a member of Umeme sports club Ziwani, Nairobi Kenya. I like dancing, singing and listening to music. I like giving hope to people especially my age mates who are depressed. Despite my age I believe I can change young people’s perspective on how they see life and live a positive life. I can help change the mind of my fellow youth by letting them know they are worthy living and they are a great generation that can make a great future: Help young people speak out and not to underestimate their potential, worth and use the power of their voices to better their lives. I like to inspire others, network and learn from young people from different areas; speak about issues that matter to them. If given a chance to go for the youth leadership training I will appreciate and promise to make the best out of it. The knowledge I will gain will help me engage my group members and other young people in my neighborhood.
21 years old, KenyaKhadija who prefers to be called Uhber lives with her mother in Huruma slums in Nairobi. She has a brother and sister, her father died while she was young and life has been difficult for the family since then. Her mother who is unemployed started drinking a lot and coming home very late after her father died as a way of coping with hardship. Uhber’s older sister was thus forced to take up the role of parenting uhber and her little brother. Life has been very hard for the family and at times they go to bed on empty stomachs. On occasions, they have been kicked out of their rented home and ended up moving in with their uncle who is also struggling. Uhber’s schooling was affected a lot due to lack of school fees and appropriate school uniforms on numerous occasions. While at home she decided to join Kenya Homeless Street Soccer Association (KHSSA) program with the aim to improve her football talents. She loves it and has devoted herself to working hard at it, since she wants to be a professional footballer in order to help her family. She met Dr.Auma the Director and founder of Sauti Kuu Foundation (SKF) through Chokoza project in 2009. It is through the Chokoza project that Uhber joined Sauti Kuu as a beneficiary of the Education Program. SKF enrolled her at Huruma (Sunflower Academy) it is here that she sat for her K.C.P.E and scored 241 marks out of 500. She later joined secondary school where she sat for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in 2018. Waiting to join college if funds permit. .
22 years old, USAMy name is Natalia Rios form Maspeth,USA. I was born in 1997 being the last born. I am lucky enough to have problems that are considered first world problems none which deal with my health or living circumstances but with my growth as a person, societal pressures and norms. There is inflation in educational system which requires more years in school, leaving students with massive debts just to guarantee a career which would have been easier to obtain in previous years with fewer years in school. The pressure from immigrant parents to get a degree that will assure a decent living, stops one from taking risks or perusing uncommon career paths that may fulfill ones dreams. Coming from a working-class family, I don’t have the luxury to explore subjects which may call my attention because classes cost money. I see the Kilimanjaro Initiative as a stepping stone for my personal development where I will test not only my physical strength but mental stamina. As a humanitarian I have always felt it is important to step outside your comfort zone, where you can be exposed to distinct circumstances. I believe that through firsthand experiences people, places and issues become personal providing a greater incentive to learn and serve. I consider myself a leader who embodies strength, compassion and drive; still there are aspects of my life I can work on to reach my absolute potential. I find myself drawn to all types of matters however I don’t feel I am passionate towards a central one. Therefore, my drive can sometimes lack force, not as I aspire to be. The Kilimanjaro Initiative will bring my life a new sense of purpose, where I can tap into new interests, meet new people and get to appreciate a new side of the world and its natural beauties. As a leader I learn from those around me, the places I visit and the experiences I encounter to try shape myself into the best version.
27 years old, USAMy name is Lawrence Fishburne from Brooklyn USA,; I come from a family of four siblings being the first born. I will be joining the Kilimanjaro Initiative for the learning experience. I also see it as a challenge physically and spiritually. It would be a huge accomplishment in my life if I'm able to complete this challenge. I feel that it would enable me to learn more about myself as a person. I want to put to test not only my physical ability but also to develop other traits such as leadership and teamwork. Being able to not only empower me but also be able to empower the people that are around me. These are things I feel I can benefit from in the long run. It also opens up the opportunity for me to connect with other people from different walks of life. You can learn a lot more about yourself through your interactions with other people. I have been struggling to decide what I would like to do as my career. I think the biggest conflict is between doing what I'm good at and doing something I would love to do. It causes a lot of stress and anxiety because I feel as if time is just flying by and I have limited time to make these decisions before it's too late. There are a lot of problems and issues in my community that I wish I could change. One of those issues has to do with money. I wish I was able to teach the people of my community about money. Teach them how to invest, budget and save their money. A lot of people in my community struggle financially and make a lot of poor financial decisions. The fact that the people of my community struggle financially it can sometimes lead to other issues such as stress, depression and, dependence on drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism. These are also issues I would like to change if given the power to do so. Create awareness of these issues in the community and figure out a way that we can help the people who suffer from these issues. I would also like to improve the living conditions. I think a big part of improving the community is making it an enjoyable place to live. I would like to focus on helping the children in the community academically. Education is very important. I want to help prepare the children for the future