A NOTE FROM THE KI OFFICE
IT and Project Officer
Aspire and Inspire
Every man dies but not every man lives! Experience is a good school but the fees are so high. At times, our inner-fire goes out, but can then burst again into flames because of an encounter with another. KI helped me discover that life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
Kilimanjaro Initiative is aimed at inspiring all of us, especially the young women and men living in informal settlements (I grew up Kibera). Many tend to think that they have been abandoned by God; many believe that those who have it all are just a lucky few, no more deserving than they are. The causes of poverty are exhaustive and complex, and yes - they are unfair. But this doesn’t mean one should give up.
Many of my friends who grew up in the slums of Nairobi hold empty dreams, believing their aspirations are too far removed from their everyday hardships. True – but sometimes the scope of these goals is unrealistic.
Through KI, expect to find out about real life experiences from persons who have fought hard in their lives and who have reached the unexpected, through determination. These young women and men, sometimes former offenders/criminals or victims/survivors of crime, all have a story to tell – their stories, their lives – and inspire us to never give up, to aspire and to reach our own dreams in a constructive and positive manner. The purpose of KI is to give them a platform and for us to draw strength towards our own daily struggles. Never let that fire burn out!
We take this opportunity to thank all KI members and friends for their continued belief in KI objectives. Above all, it reminds us that mutual support is paramount to individual performance.