Christine has just completed a one year certificate in Community Development and has begun a course in Social Work and Welfare.
“I am so happy because doing this course is all about supporting the community. Reaching the less fortunate like the orphans, vulnerable children, widows and widowers, those pressed down by sickness, drug addicts, and [encouraging] development in the community through capacity building and empowerment.”
Christine is one of ten children, and growing up she was fortunate enough to complete high school. However, when her mother died in 2008 it left the family without their main breadwinner. Christine’s father was too ill to provide for the family and Christine had to drop out of collage to help finance the food and medical bills her family so desperately needed.
Despite her hardships, Christine has had a long term interest and involvement with community development, having volunteered with the Salvation Army Community Kids Club programs since 2004. As well as this Christine also volunteered with other community based children’s initiatives in Nairobi’s Mathare and Korogocho slums.
Given the opportunity to return to education by HopeHIV, Christine has just completed a one year certificate in Community Development and has begun a diploma in Social Work and Welfare. Alongside her studies Christine spends a lot of time in the community trying to change attitudes toward orphans and vulnerable children. She also provides information on income generating activities, child support programmes as well as sanitation and hygiene.
Christine’s proactive attitude toward helping her community and her ambitions to ‘give voice to the voiceless’ through her education, make her a perfect candidate as a LiveTwice bursary recipient. LiveTwice will pay for her educational costs to enable her to complete her course and further her work in the communities around her.
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