My name is Peter, and I am a post-secondary student at the Ngong Road Children’s Foundation (NRCF). I grew up in Nairobi with my siblings, and my uncle and aunt, raised us until recently, when my aunt relocated to the upcountry. My educational goals were realized when I joined the NRCF program.
I joined the NRCF when I was in fourth grade. I was enrolled in one of their elementary focus schools. I worked really hard because I wanted to acquire good marks so that I could attend an excellent high school. Taekwondo was another extracurricular activity I participated in. I took the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and scored a decent grade. I enrolled in a boys boarding high school in Nairobi. I played rugby, handball, and football as part of my extracurricular activities. They kept me busy throughout high school.
After graduating from high school, I was offered the opportunity to train as a Youth Peer Provider (YPP) in the program in July 2022. This was a great chance for me because I would be teaching my classmates and younger students in the program about the fundamentals of sexual and reproductive health. I was also working as an operations associate at Karibu Loo to keep myself occupied while I waited to start college. My job was to make sure that the restrooms were clean during social events. I was also helping at the NRCF on Saturdays.
In September, I enrolled at Thika Technical Training Institute study in Social and Community Development. My desire to become a social worker and aid the community, particularly children, motivated me to pursue this degree. My program lasts three years, and I aim to work for a non-governmental organization such as NRCF, the Red Cross, or the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
I am grateful to the NRCF program for ensuring that I pursue my educational goals. In the future, I would like to sponsor a student from the program and create a similar organization to help transform the lives of other children.