An enthusiastic mentor

Background:

Omar hails from a family of 8 siblings (3 girls and 5 boys) . He is the 3rd born and the only one who has joined university. He regrets that their first-born did not complete class 8 and the second born failed to complete form 4. To break the jinx, Omar states that he is more determined than ever to complete

Omar is a student at the University of Nairobi pursuing a degree in Bachelor of commerce. Prior to joining university he excelled well in KCSE by attaining a mean grade of A- (minus) from Nairobi school.
After his KCSE Omar attended several trainings at Kesho including, leadership, entrepreneurship, basic computer skills and ASRH (adolescence sexual reproductive health)
Omar like any other youth faced some challenges along the way. His experiences shaped him to be more cautious and keen in life.
Omar had prospects in pursuing his studies abroad and had difficulties from attaining a passport, acquiring an I.D among other setbacks. Though he eventually got his passport, Omar was frustrated not to be granted a VISA to Italy. That however did not deter his resilience to enrol locally at a government sponsored University.
Among other interests Omar is an entrepreneur and also seeks internship opportunities wherever they arise.
Omar holds pride in mentoring 3 female students and this is what he had to say.

What Omar has to say about -His “pet” project
I have been able to engage the three students during school holidays, my support was in, Subject selection, Course selection, Coaching in Kiswahili and Business studies, being Student’s examiner through mock tests and mentoring and I am glad that they performed very well in KCSE.

Rachel Kiti a top student in Kilifi District attained a mean grade of A- (minus) and will be joining Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology to pursue a degree in Quantity Survey
Vivian Murugi Kariuki will be joining Moi university to pursue a degree in Economics
Fatuma Abdukadir will be joining the University of Nairobi to pursue Medicine. All the three students have made me so proud.

Omar (in green) During a Sexual Reproductive Health Training group session with his peers

In their eyes there is a sense of ambition, self-drive and good listening skills. My belief is that the three students will “turn the world” because they are dreamers and they wake up to work towards their dreams.

The three students joining university is an awesome feeling and such that, if they need advice and support I will be willing to assist them. It just doesn’t end at secondary school. For me, it goes beyond. I want to use social media especially whatsapp to check out on them as a group, so as to update me on their progress. The group will not be limited to the three only but also to those who have the same drive in life.
Where do you get your inspiration? And what drives you?
“I feel good to help others and feel that I have achieved something.”
Omar borrows from the words of Kevin Kruse, “life is not about getting and having, and it’s about giving and being.” Kevin Kruse

Omar with gap year students at Kesho offices (far left- Anderson Kenga, Centre- Mike Kenga)
My sincere gratitude goes to the board and staff members at Kesho Kenya for supporting me through my secondary education and believing in me. To my peers and the Youth development Programme Officer at Kesho- Anthony Yamina, I say “ASANTE SANA”.

Finally I would like to reach out to as many young youths with the knowledge that I have acquired.
To everyone especially Kesho students “A MAN IS NOT FINISHED WHEN HE IS DEFEATED. HE IS FINISHED WHEN HE QUITS.”RICHARD NIXON

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