UPDATE from Kenya on our University-Bound Scholars: ANN MUENI leaves for University this week!

Few students in Kenya have what it takes to make it to university without obstacles threatening to obscure their focus. Scholarships to university are equally difficult to attain given the arduous nature of the exams and the scores needed to even be considered a qualifying candidate. But three Asante Africa Foundation scholars have proven it’s possible through their talent, motivation and resolve.

This week, one of them is headed to university!

You may remember Ann Mueni, an Asante Africa Foundation scholar when she was profiled in our 2010 Annual Report.

ANN has been working in a mobile electronics shop, earning money to help fund her sister’s high school education and to help herself prepare for university. After waiting eagerly for 18 months, a seat has finally opened up at her prospective university. Ann is finally on her way!

Asante Africa’s Erna Grasz, CEO/Founder and Gathii Kanyi, Program Manager were invited to a celebratory dinner with Ann and her family last Sunday evening as she discussed her fears and excitement about her trip to university. Ann will be the first in her family to attend university and realizes the monumental significance of this role. She will make her family proud as she expects to study Materials and Inventory Systems for Larger Logistics Corporations. GO ANN!!

Ann Mueni and Erna Grasz

Meanwhile:

Samson in his teacher uniform

SAMSON recently began teaching at an adult education center and admits that the experience can be intimidating as many of his students are older. But when he runs into a student outside of class, they often address him with respect. This display of respect for him has made Samson realize, “…now I know I am of value and can do well for this community. I feel worthy and good” Samson will start taking business courses at University this winter to pursue his law degree.

Siemeto talking to high school students

SIEMETO has had to learn that patience and hard work are part of the path towards a brighter future. He has decided to farm and sell potatoes to earn more money that will be invested into his university education. In his spare time, he tutors high school students in math and physics and advises secondary students on how to command their fear of subjects. Siemeto hopes to begin his studies at University next spring where he will major in mechanical engineering.

Congratulations again to our awesome scholars!

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