A day in the life of Pendo

After my first week in the office, the team had renamed me Pendo. Originally from England, my birth name is Heidi. However, at Kesho, we are a family… in Kenyan style, I was given a new name. Over a month later, I love office and field life; it feels like I have known my collegues for a lifetime.

My day starts early, by 8am I am working on various tasks. Currently I dip between departments. Managing the Instagram account for communications, preparing teaching manuals for child protection, and creating budgets for our secondary and youth programs. Every day brings something different and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Our office environment is always buzzing; all our staff and volunteers are so passionate about their work, which makes the days fly by. I sit opposite Tony, whom I have claimed as my Kiswahili teacher. Whilst trying to learn, I laugh harder than I thought humanly possible. But we make it happen, and slowly I am improving. We do so by multitasking, I always have at least one project running alongside, and so does he.

Being at Kesho has taught me many things; how to converse in Swahili, how to create budgets on a deadline, how to use my imagination with new projects, and trust myself. But most importantly, to smile and always give 100%; knowing what we do improves the lives of children all over Kilifi.

 

Author: Heidi Eggleton 

 

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