Tabitha told Friends of Ngong Road President and Founder, Paula Meyer, that she “never thought she would graduate from Form 4.” She knew it was not affordable on her family’s little income. Fortunately, she managed to accomplish that!
Jamie and Nancy Letcher have been sponsoring Tabitha since she joined the program . She and her mother were living with two of her aunts while struggling to make it in the slums of Nairobi. Her mother occasionally washed clothes for other families and sold odds and ends to get enough income for one meal a day.
Tabitha excelled in her primary school environment often performing at the top of her class. With her high eighth-grade exam score, led to Nairobi’s Ngara Girls Secondary School acceptance . Despite coming from an extreme poverty background, she performed well and made friends with students from diverse backgrounds. Tabitha scored good results on her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exam. She dreams of becoming a forensic scientist and will be applying to university in the fall.
Tabitha became the youth peer provider for the new sexual and reproductive health program before joining university. Fourteen students were trained through Planned Parenthood Global and eight selected to lead the training for their peers. While applying to post-secondary schools, she has attended our computer training course and Life Skills program led by Megan and Evan Feige of Minneapolis, MN. The program will expand later this year with a Rotary Global Grant with the South Metro Minneapolis Evenings Rotary club and the Kikuyu Rotary Club of Nairobi. She is a respected leader among her peers and an inspiration to her two younger brothers.