Stratizen of the week: Spreading love to the children of Nyeris Majengo slum
Eric Maingi, a section one CPA student at Strathmore University joined the university early this year after excelling in the entrance exams Strathmore gave at his school late last year.
He chose Strathmore because of its positive reputation and consistent excellent performance both in academic and co-curricular activities. Maingi says he got a pleasant surprise when he got admitted to the institution and found numerous clubs and societies he could join.
He says the reason he took the CPA course was to achieve his dream of becoming a competent C.E.O.
Strathmore University has done a good job at seeing my dreams unfold into reality through my course. The lectures are delivered in a classy and professional manner and the schools atmosphere is very nice and conducive for learning. The buildings are very beautiful and modern and the food offered at the cafeteria is ever delicious! he says.
Maingis former high school, St.Marys Boys Secondary School in Nyeri used to offer more than education. It had a rehabilitation centre for sheltering, feeding, schooling and nurturing the less privileged children around the school.
The school is situated next to Majengo slum which is home to very many poor families. Nyeri town is a cool and hilly place with a lot of idle young people. St.Marys helps them by giving them a chance to life. I was privileged to be the Schools Captain in the year 2013 and it is in this position that I discovered how much influence I had over many of the kids and the students, he says.
The juniors, is how the children at the center are popularly referred to, and are cared for by the school. They have so many dreams and aspirations but their poverty stricken backgrounds stands in the way.
This inspired Maingi, together with the Junior Program Administrator, and his former high school friends to plan for an event that would make the disadvantaged children enjoy a memorable day and offer them good role models to look up to. During last years mashujaa day, they decided to surprise the children during their free time and be their heroes.
The event was a success and it got me thinking, with all the influence I have and the contacts I could get, why not hold more similar events for them? Besides, it is our duty to make the world a better place, put smiles on peoples faces and leave footprints that the young ones can follow, he says.
Last years event marked the beginning of the Spread Love Event that Maingi and his friends are planning to be doing from time to time.
This year, Maingi together with his friends Benson Wanjohi and Edwin Njogu planned yet another Spread Love Event that took place on February 15th, 2014. They sought sponsorship from several organizations and used the money to buy food, sports equipment, inspirational videos and speeches.
Some of the games they played were to inculcate virtues of teamwork, listening skills, confidence and persistence. The talks were also impactful judging by the feedback Maingi and his fellow Spread Love Event volunteers received.
The reason I came up with the idea and decided to push for its success is because we all say we want a better country, witness change and gain success, but this can never happen if the youngsters have no hope, Maingi notes.
Strathmore University has also played a key role in pushing Maingi to see that his ideas can be turned into reality because all the clubs and societies have a CSR platform to encourage such activities. He notes that the universitys support for these clubs and societies is highly remarkable.
It gives pleasure and fullfilment to see a child tell you that when he or she grows up they would want to be like you, and so I call upon anyone willing to be a good role model to come and join our team so that we make Kenya better, Maingi says.
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