Women Peacebuild leadership Program (WPLP) is a program at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for peace building and justice (CPJ) USA, a post graduate certificate on peace building and development for women around the world known to have been doing peace related work in their respective communities.
I applied for the programme last year and I was lucky to have made to the interview level with 200 other women leaders out of over 700 applicants all over Kenya. During the interview I was surprised the kind of women I was competing with, much known women leaders who have been doing great peace work in different parts of Kenya. Surprisingly I was chosen among the only 8 women needed to represent the country in this year’s program at EMU, Virginia USA from May 2016 to December 2017, I was so happy to have made it to get such a scholarship and I was actually the youngest in the group.
I received the congratulatory email while at JKIA airport heading to India with the sick brother.Immediately I landed in India they started requesting for vital documents to be sent to USA among the documents were certificate of good conduct which I never had!!!!. If were in Kenya I could get the certificate within few weeks but I wasn’t around, my brother just had a surgery and was in ICU so I couldn’t leave him and come back to Kenya just because of the police certificate. Unfortunately or fortunately when I had already changed my flight and was coming back to Kenya to make the certificate I got regret email that my chance has been given out!!!I try again next year because I was very strong candidate for them. I was so disappointed BUT….
Once again God closed a window to open for me the door!!!! Just two weeks after the regret email from WPLP I got another congratulatory email from USA Embassy in Kenya that I have been chosen to represent Kenya in this year’s Mandela Washington Fellows, Young African Leadership Initiative 2016. That was the greatest new ever in my life,waaaah the competition was soo tough that towards the results some of us almost got sick wondering whether to make it to finals or not. We were like 4000 applicants 400 made to the semi-finalists stage and did a tough interview and only 60 leaders were needed to attend the YALI program this year from Kenya. So imagine the butterflies we had knowing that all of us very competitive leaders so who will emerge the best to convince those American to notice his her leadership to be chosen.
Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative(YALI). As Mandela Washington fellow 2016 we are expected to arrive in United states in June, A total of 1000 Young African leaders from different African countries will be attending the fellowship. We will distributed to different universities in US to be taught leadership skills and networking with other young leaders from Africa and United states as well. Personally I have be posted to Syracuse University,New York, after the academic residency we will all travel to Washington,DC to participate in a three day Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit hosted by President Obama. During the summit we will have opportunities to interact with U.S leaders in the fields of business, government and non-profit sectors. In addition a small number of fellows will remain in the United States for additional professional development experiences at U.S. companies, non-profit organizations or government agencies.
I have known this energetic and extremely hardworking lady who is full of hope from the time we were young back in Primary School across the sandy village of Torbi where we do herding of our “short – horn” cows especially during weekends and school holidays. Fun indeed!
Qabale even back then, at that tender age, talks of success and believes so much in team work and problem solving when boys/girls disagree on matters related to grazing field/zones, wrestling and where to swim in ” Harole”. She is so determined to tackle any assignment. She is such a honest live that can be trusted with any resource or assignment. Many of our young girls across the county of Marsabit look up to her as one of the youngest but greatest role model.
She is up to any task, name it around humanity. Her strength is on Peace and reconciliation, Mentoring, community mobilization among others. She is a living hope for many and her bold determination in live makes her so extraordinary human.
Wooooow am soo humbled Abudho Koyowa for those compliments. I live to rem you as one of our best head boy when we were so young in Torbi primary school. Am not sure if you can remember but guess what!my love for mathematics started when you started mathematics club competition in the school. In the year 2000 I was in class four and you were in class 8, you started mathematics club for competition in Torbi primary. Because i wanted to receive the gifts(pencil and exercise book) and also wanted to make my then Mathematics teacher late Guyo Adano Ali proud, I was so determined and always top in my class. For sure i didn’t know what i wanted in life by then but my always goal was to maintain my number one position in my entire primary life. Thanks a lot in one way or another you have also contributed to my success stories. Not forgetting how you and aboya Tura stood with me and entire family when i lost my brother Malicha.