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