Meet Francis Nyamawi, Graduate Assistant at Kesho Kenya.
Francis, tell us something about yourself.
My name is Francis Nyamawi, I am 23 years old and I live with my family in Kilifi. I am the sixth born in a family of eight children. I am a big fan of books especially historical storybooks and I love music a lot.
You are currently working as the graduate assistant at Kesho. Your relationship with Kesho started much earlier, tell us something about it.
I got to know about Kesho when I was in class eight through a schoolmate. After I received my KCPE results, I took the initiative and applied for a sponsorship at Kesho. I was so happy when I heard that I qualified and in 2012 I joined Agoro Sare High school in Homa Bay County. That was exciting as well as challenging for me. For the first time in my life I was away from my family and it could take me 12 hours to reach school. After four years of hard work and dedication, I was happy and proud to get mean grade of A- (minus) in the KCSE result 2015. This could not have happened if it were not for the enormous support from Kesho organization. Kesho also gave me the opportunity to participate in various trainings such as IT, Leadership, Reproductive Health and Frist aid. And sometimes it is just about having fun. We participated in the triathlon where Kesho students with various talents turn up and run, swim and cycle. I want to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to Kesho and all who have contributed towards my success.
Why did you apply for the position of the graduate assistant?
I applied for this job not just to get allowances but also to give back to the community. It is great to be part of the Kesho family. This job will help me be a responsible person in future. Through the various interactions I have in the office with different people I learn a lot. I sincerely believe that by doing this job, I will be able to inspire other Kesho students that they can do better than I did it. I believe that the future of a person belongs in his/her hands.
What are your duties as the graduate assistant?
I have a wide range of tasks. I offer guidance to both students and parents who come to the Resource Centre at the Kesho office. I am in a position to give information to parents who look for sponsorship support to their children. I type, scan and file documents what helps me improving my computer skills. Sometimes I run errands outside the office by depositing cheques or collecting letters at the post office. I also take care of the library and issue books to the students. Working at Kesho is never boring since we have many visitors coming to our office. I get to meet a lot of people.
What are your plans for the future?
I am planning to pursue law at the University in September 2016. My dream is to become an excellent lawyer in the future.
Why do you want to become a lawyer?
During my upbringing a saw a lot of injustice or let me say inequality. Because of those experiences I developed a strong sense for equality. By being a lawyer I would like to contribute to a society where nobody experience injustice.