Few students in Kenya or Tanzania have what it takes to make it to University without obstacles threatening to obscure their focus. Attaining a scholarship to University is equally difficult, given the arduous nature of finances, the exams and the scores needed to even be considered a qualifying candidate.
One Tanzanian and three Kenyan Asante Africa Foundation scholars have proven it is possible through their talent, motivation and resolve. You may remember these scholars when they were profiled in our 2010 Annual Report (PDF). (annual report –page 29)
Since we last saw her, Ann Mueni who grew up in Narok, Kenya (on far right in photo- pictured here with her father and two siblings) 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 finally opened up at her prospective school. Last month, Ann was finally getting ready to head to University and Asante Africa Foundation was there to see her off!
On August 14, Erna Grasz, CEO/Founder and Gathii Kanyi, Kenyan Program Manager were invited to a celebratory dinner with Ann and her family as she discussed her fears, expectations and excitement about her upcoming studies and her trip to University. Getting ready for her trip was the one of many firsts for Ann in her education journey. She’ll be away from home for the first time, leaving behind her family and close friends. Ann will also be the first in her family to attend University and realizes the monumental significance of this role. She hopes to make her family proud as she expects to study Materials and Inventory Systems for Larger Logistics Corporations. Go, ANN!!