This year, Akili Dada is collaborating with Nafisika Trust, which works with ‘Juvenile girls’ at the government run Dagoretti Rehabilitation Centre. Through this collaboration, we, the Akili Dada interns are volunteering as part-time teachers at the centre.

This partnership has allowed me to volunteer at the centre, which has become a highlight for me each week. Along with my fellow Akili Dada interns, I help with two different classes on both academics and other activities. The girls we work with are divided into groups according to their classes. One group does reading exercises with our assistance, while the other group does craft work such as making mats and beaded jewelry. The objective of the craft session is to teach the girls skills that could help them raise necessary income. We as Akili Dada alumnae have started our social change project at the school, and Akili Dada assists in providing the necessary materials, such as story books for the reading club, beads, tapestry and yarn.

In addition to these activities, I also tutor the girls who are in remedial classes for subjects in which they need the most help. We do this together during their lunch break.

Volunteering at Dagoretti has proven to be an interesting, exciting and challenging experience. It requires total commitment and a strong passion that I am more than happy to give. At the end of the day, it is not about what is engraved on stone monuments, but rather what is woven into peoples’ hearts that matters.

- Faith Kiptum, Akili Dada Intern

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