Emily was one of the first two students in the program, because she has been sponsored since 2006 by Paula & Kurt Meyer. Emily is an orphan who has grown up in the same house with her cousin Irene Nyambura (also in the program), Irene’s mother (who is her aunt) and her grandmother. Emily graduated from Nelson Mandela Academy and completed her secondary education at StephJoy Academy in 2014. After secondary school Emily attended Nairobi University where she earned a diploma in Procurement and Supplies Management. Today Emily works as the Procurement Officer at Ngong Road Children Association in Nairobi.
Emily has faced many challenges during her growing up years. When children are orphans in Kenya, sometimes other family members tell them they are bewitched or cursed. Emily has faced this burden. Although her family has usually had enough food to eat and she has had a place to live, life for Emily has been challenging without parents to guide and support her. Ngong Road Children Association has played an important role in her development.
During her high school years, Emily served as a leader in camp for three years in a row. She has a steadfast, loving personality who has made it through her teenage years with relatively little drama.
Her sponsor, Paula Meyer, said: “I have spent time with Emily since she was 8 years old, seeing her usually twice each year. She is a wonderful young woman who is focused on improving her life. She is steady, intelligent and it has been my privilege to watch her change over the years. I hope for only the best for Emily – great jobs and a happy future.”