2022 Youth Empowerment

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Webster Wabwire Biketi

Gender: Male
Location: Kibera Sub-location: Lindi Village: Darajani

Born in Kibera, Webster attended Global One Secondary school where he completed his high school education. His parents are alive but his father does not take any responsibility. His mum chips in sometimes but he fends for himself through fetching water and carrying sand for people in the estates. His dad stays in upcountry and his mum is a casual labourer who fends six other siblings.

Webster is the 2nd born of 7 and his elder brother is a cleaner. Mr. John his ex-principal paid partial fees for him. He sometimes goes without eating and sometimes eats in a hotel after a hustle since he lives alone in a single mud house. He loves football and desires to be an entrepreneur. He is a bright student and has always been top of his class.
Mercy Ndolo Katindi

Mercy Ndolo Katindi

Gender: Female
Location: Kibera Sub-location: Kibera Village: Mashimoni

She finished her form four at St. Mary’s Kibra scholars. She was a leader as she was an academic prefect who also participated in music and debate clubs. She lives with her father as her mother is in Ithimani upcountry practicing small scale farming. Her father works as a watchman. She lives with her father and sister in one room and her father working at night have made it better for them to sleep well at night. She aspires to be a lawyer.

Christine Auma Okoth

Christine Auma Okoth

Gender: Female
Location: Kibera Sub-location: Sarangómbe Village: Gatwekera

She is an above average student who loves playing rugby. She lives with her mother in a single room of temporary nature. Her mother works in the jua kali industry to fend for both of them. She finished her high school education at St. Christine Community Centre a community school in Kibera. Her mother has cancer and this has motivated her to be a nurse in future.

Evan Otieno Olenyo

Evan Otieno Olenyo

Gender: Male
Location: Kibera Sub-location: Sarangómbe Village: Soweto West

Born in the year 2002 in Kibera, Evan finished his form four at Starays High School. He has always been an average performer who really works hard to improve his grades. He lives with his mother, father and 3 siblings in a single room of temporary structure. The father is the provider who does ‘kazi ya mjengo’. Evans loves playing football and aspires to be a doctor.

The primary basis was to build strong “relationships” with local leaders to truly understand and embrace the hardships of our most vulnerable. Since 2018, I have visited Kenya twice a year to stay fully connected because the landscape is ever-changing. This has allowed me to make solid connections with other leaders as well as monitor WOAN’s progression. In 2020, after the global pandemic impacted “normal life” in Kenya, WOAN was already positioned to help. One of my greatest strengths that I offer my team is the ability to “listen-to-understand” while acknowledging the cultural differences. It should be no secret that Kenya and the Unites States are great friends. I have completely embraced this relationship as I represent myself, my family, my country and our WOAN donors, contributors and prayer partners.

Over the past twenty years, I have obtained extensive knowledge and experience with change management, building productive relationships and project planning for one of the top energy providers in the United States. My current role within process management combined with my passion for “doing things the right way” has uniquely positioned me to keep WOAN on the front-lines of helping the less fortunate reach their goals through education. I attended Saint Augustine’s University and hold a degree in Industrial Systems Technology. I reside in Stanley, North Carolina and I enjoy reading, cooking, volunteering, sightseeing and spending quality time with my amazing wife and our remarkable daughters!