“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet” – this quote would best describe Wenceslaus Njiri right from childhood. Wenceslaus, mostly known as “Wence” by his peers, was born and raised in Ngando, Dagoretti. He lived with his grandmother who was the sole breadwinner and had quite a difficult childhood mainly because his grandmother struggled to provide for him and the entire family. Wence joined the Ngong Road program in 2009 and his case manager described him as being “polite, well-disciplined, and impressive”.
His leadership skills were seen right from High School as he was a dorm captain and the hockey team captain while at Parklands High School. He took major steps even as a young person to become a visionary leader. He was also one of the instrumental and key people that pioneered the Youth Peer Providers (YPP) program as part of the students’ Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) training.
Wence is loved by especially the youngest students in the program and takes pride in being a major contributor and facilitator of the Saturday programs. During his time at Kabete National Polytechnic College where he studied social work and community development and at the same time, he still made time to volunteer as a facilitator in the Saturday program. He would interact with the kids and created a strong bond, not yet knowing that he would soon get the chance to work with the kids as their case manager.
His love and commitment to work during his internship at the organization is one of the factors that led to him being hired as a case manager in the primary department at the start of 2022. He loves working as a case manager and he describes it as a way of showing appreciation to the organization that changed his life and enabled him to get an education. Wence hopes to accomplish a lot for the organization and for himself as he maneuvers through and explores his career.
Thanks to Friends of Ngong Road and Ngong Road Children’s Foundation for transforming this young man’s life through education.