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In Kenya, it’s all about giving back

The Kenya Community Development Foundation is a remarkable organisation running a remarkable programme, one that dramatically changes the lives of young people – and then equips those young people to positively impact more young lives.

Since 2011 Deloitte Kenya has supported the foundation’s Global Give Back Circle (GGBC) which transitions scores of orphaned and vulnerable girls through secondary school and tertiary education.

GGBC does so in a holistic way, offering them not only financial academic support but close mentoring, guidance and skills development.

But GGBC comes with a condition –– the young women whose lives are transformed are expected to give back, in meaningful, quantifiable ways. Something they are all only too happy to do.

Recently the foundation’s Janet Mawiyoo wrote to Deloitte: “Your partnership since 2011 has made it possible for five at-risk girls to be a part of this transformation process. They have all participated in our quarterly skills-development workshops and have successful career women walking with them as their mentors. Most importantly, their internships at Deloitte have significantly moulded them into competent young professionals.”

For Deloitte Kenya, backing GGBC has a not entirely anticipated benefit in that three beneficiaries are now valued professional members of staff.

Here are their stories

Grace Mwangi (not her real name) - Deloitte Consulting

From a disadvantaged family and community, Mwangi’s life changed when she secured a place at the Starehe Girls’ Centre in Nairobi. Then, with a sponsorship from Deloitte, she studied towards a Bachelor of Economics and Statistics degree at the University of Nairobi, graduating in 2019.

Currently she works as a business analyst at Deloitte Kenya, having interned there three times.

In giving back, Mwangi works with a group of schoolmates through an organisation called Life Transformers in helping youngsters who, like themselves before, need a helping hand to overcome hardship. Life Transformers visits schools every month, mentoring children, fundraising for children’s homes and cleaning up the environment. She also mentors a form two student at Kibera Soccer Academy, located in Kibera.

 

Agnes Kavila Nyaa - Consultant

Despite losing both of her parents at a young age, Kavila’s dream of breaking out of poverty was realised in 2006 when she received a full high-school scholarship. In her final year of high school, she joined GGBC, two years later interning at Deloitte for the first time and, in 2015, graduated from Moi University with a Bachelor of Business Management degree. Currently, she’s a consultant in Risk Advisory at Deloitte Kenya.

For ten years now she has shared her journey with her mentor, Gladys Mboya. “The past ten years have been both exciting and knowledge-packed having gone through life with a phenomenal woman. Gladys is a role-model, a lover of progress. I have been motivated and challenged to achieve more and to realise my dreams.”

As her Give Back Commitment, Kavila mentors two students at the school she attended, as well as children at an SOS Children’s Village. She also runs an initiative called Fly Destinies, which empowers adolescents to reach their potential.

Jackline Ngigi - Audit Senior

Raised by a single mother who had to work all hours to feed her three children, Ngigi was fortunate to obtain a high-school scholarship, joining the GGBC in 2010. In 2016 she received a first-class honours degree in economics and statistics and was promptly employed by Deloitte, where she had previously interned. Ngigi credits her mentor, Mary Kiarie, with much of her success. “She has played a great role in getting me to where I am today. She has encouraged me through my challenges and taught me to take them on with confidence. She is the big sister I never had.”

Ngigi is also under no illusions about the part Deloitte has played in her young life: “I’m very grateful to Deloitte for sponsoring my university education and for giving me the opportunity to work for them. Deloitte has been a family to me and for this I will be forever grateful.”

As part of her Give Back commitment, Ngigi is a mentor to one girl at her former high school.

She also mentors at Kakenya Centre for Excellence, a non-profit rescue centre for Maasai girls who are forced into circumcision and early marriage.

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