Siblings Lorine and Emmanuel
By Susan Plimpton
Almost 15 years ago, we accepted the sponsorship of Lorine, at that time a young girl of about 10 years of age. When I met her, she had a big smile on her face but found me a bit intimidating and looked down at the ground when I shook her hand. Her father had died recently from AIDS and her mother, also positive, was weakened by an illness. Lorine was helping with cooking and washing while also going to school. Even then her mother knew that a good education was the only possible way to give Lorine a chance at a better life and thus applied for sponsorship in the Ngong Road program. Over the years, Lorine gradually became more self-confident. We loved communication through email and had fun times shopping when I was in Nairobi. Several years after “adopting” Lorine I learned that her young brother, Emmanuel, was also available for sponsorship and we agreed to take him on as well. Emmanuel was a little more reserved but very motivated academically in primary school which enabled him to enter a competitive secondary school.
Both Lorine and Emmanuel were accepted by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for a two-year certificate program after they completed secondary school, Lorine in Business Studies and Emmanuel in Business Information Technology. Upon completing the program, Lorine self-financed herself for a 4 year Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies and now works in a financial position at the British East African Tobacco Company in Nairobi.
Emmanuel is an IT intern at the Ngong Road Children’s Foundation, one of the first “TechMates”. He is so proficient in information technology and cyber security that he has a second internship at Lido Nation as an Intern/Junior Developer. Emmanuel has also been invited by the Swiss non-profit organization, United People Global, to participate in a week-long leadership and sustainability program this summer at Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership in Rockland, Maine. He is hoping to obtain his U.S. visa to attend.
My husband David and I visited Lorine and Emmanuel pre-pandemic and were so impressed and proud of the young adults they have become. Both have matured into self-confident and poised individuals who have every intention of contributing to the development of their countries. They indeed are examples of the transformation that can be achieved by the children sponsored by Friends of Ngong Road at the Ngong Road Children’s Foundation.
Lorine says . . .
My experience of being a beneficiary of the NRCF program has been educational, adventurous, and amazing. From the yearly camps to the overflow of support from my sponsor and the organization. NRCF has been very instrumental in shaping the woman that I have become through the Life Skills training, educational support from the beginning of my O level (grade school) to the end of my A level (high school), and also the feeding program that helped my mind be at ease over when the next meal would come. I look forward to running my own business and sponsoring a child. Again I say thank you to the organization for the opportunity.
My experience at Ngong Road Children’s Foundation is one where I can use two words to describe it: “grateful and thankful”. I enrolled in the program in 2010 at the age of eleven years. My academic journey hasn’t been a smooth one. In fact, I could describe it as surfing through strong ocean waves, but NRCF was always there to help me surf the tides.
How the program has positively impacted my life
The program gave me a scholarship from primary school, when young, to university for my education. NRCF also provided Life Skills training and other support programs. I am currently interning as an ICT intern in the program as a TechMate. This internship has greatly empowered me economically and upscaled my technical skills in matters concerning information technology.
What does my future look like?
I could describe my future from the lens of an optimist. One that is promising and demanding as well. I view myself as growing even better. This could be by adding more academic qualifications to my portfolio and having reliable years of experience in the business information, and technology arena and demanding in the aspect that all the achievements I want to make will require me to push myself beyond ordinary limits. I do believe that thus far I have proven that I am capable of being and doing better and the rate at which I am growing is intensifying rather than slowing.
Thank you all,