Written by Ann Njeru
Doreen Obado is a third-year student at Pwani University in Kilifi County. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. As a first year student, she was elected to be the Gender Secretary in the university’s student government. With intention, she vied for the leadership position because she has a heart for humanity and equity. She rallies her fellow students to visit the villages neighbouring the school to assist the needy.
After attending the Akili Dada Emerging Leaders training in November 2016, it dawned on her that she could do much more in her position of influence. At the training, she met other female student leaders from other parts of the country who inspired her to do more.
Back at school, Dorine hit the ground running. Noticing that a good number of students dropped out of school due to lack of school fees. Her experience at the training helped her brim with solutions. She wrote to all the 47 county governments in Kenya asking them to increase their bursary allocation to Pwani University students. Her request was granted by 19 counties.
Confident from this accomplishment, she applied the emotional intelligence skills acquired from the training and approached the university’s vice chancellor. She negotiated for the bursary allocation to be doubled to Kshs. 500,000 (app. $4844.96). This was a mean feat for her as the university because for many years, the university had turned down this request from others who had come before her.
Her role also entailed looking out for vulnerable students. She immediately focused on students with disabilities. She was able to carve out a budget for them that saw most of their needs catered for. She pioneered the Special Needs Celebration Day, an observance that is marked to date on campus.
The training also made her aspire for greater achievements. She is currently gunning for a Youth Senate position in Kisumu or Kilifi counties.
We wish Dorine the very best as she pursues her dreams.