Wambui Doles Out Empowerment to Malindi Kids
“As I was growing up, it was my wish that I would go to university, get a good job and help my mother and siblings. But it was not to be because I was forced to drop out in Grade 10. This is exactly what many students go through before they come to Elimu. I know how it feels not to go to school because of lack of fees while other kids are in school. Being in charge of Elimu’s Stay in School Project fulfills me.” – Tabitha Wambui, Program Officer—Social Welfare, Elimu
Wambui is Elimu’s Program Officer – Social Welfare and she is the heart of Elimu. She joined in 2009 before there was even an official organization. She came on board as a housemother at our founding project, Nyumbani Kwetu Home for Children and a great support to our founder, Nina Chung.
She’s known to most of us as Auntie Wambui. Her warm heart and calm disposition make her well suited to both her earlier role and her current position. She’s shares many of the struggles that the children and familes she serves are experiencing now. But she has overcome! Among many achievements over the years, Wambui undertook to complete her high school studies with the support of our founder. She worked over two years on a self-directed program while at the same keeping charge of a household of 15 children and teenagers! Later, she also completed her studies in social work and community development. She has been trained on Elimu’s Offline eLearning Solution and has led our digital reading program at schools, prison and a girls’ rescue home. She has even been able to engage her interest in broadcasting when she organized video podcasts for our YouTube Channel.
In charge of developing Elimu’s Stay in School Sponsorship Project, she manages the Savings & Loan Scheme for the parents of our sponsored students. She organizes regular mentorship sessions for our students. She visits all of our sponsored children in their schools and conducts home visits to get a glimpse into their family environment and personal challenges. Her greatest joy is watching the children under her direction grow in confidence and succeed in their studies.