I am Latifah, a beneficiary of Ngong Road Children’s Foundation (NRCF) I was born and raised in the Nairobi area where I still live up to date. I grew up with my 3 siblings and we were privileged enough to be raised by both parents as most children in my neighborhood are either raised by a single parent or a guardian. However, life growing up was challenging.
Luckily, I got the opportunity to join the NRCF program while I was in grade two. I was schooling at one of their focus schools before joining the program. Once I joined, I did not have to change schools. Nonetheless, a significant difference existed back then, as I could remain in school throughout without experiencing being sent home due to a lack of school fees. Every school need was also being catered for and so my academic grades really improved. I was elected as the school head girl and held this position until my final year in primary school.
Being a disciplined student as well as hardworking made me a good fit for the position. Being head girl allowed me to nurture leadership by guiding peers, setting examples, and fostering a positive influence.
After sitting for my Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), I performed above average. This earned me a slot at a girls boarding school in Kitale. I was excited to join high school especially because it was a new environment for me since I had not schooled outside of Nairobi county. While in high school, I also had 2 leadership positions. I was a dining hall captain and also an entertainment captain. I am really good at dancing and so it was easy for me to get the entertainment captains’ position. In addition to holding leadership positions, I also participated in a co-curricular activity. I participated in the drama club and joined the team that represented my school at various competition levels.
I sat for my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and when the results came out, I had scored an above average grade! This made me the top-performing female student for the high school class of 2022 in the program. I’m eager to pursue a law degree at the University of Nairobi, having a strong interest in this field since primary school. When I complete my course, I would also like to delve into arts and graphic design.
Thankful to my sponsor Chris for sponsoring me and giving me the chance to pursue my education. Grateful to NRCF for making sure that I maximize the opportunity. Hoping to succeed in my university studies, get a job and transform my life and that of my family.