“I now have more reason to be the change that the world needs,” said Agnes Kavila. Agnes has been able to transform herself from a mere beneficiary to a benefactor of the Global Give Back Circle (GGBC) program through continuous and simple ways of giving back. Agnes became a part of the ‘Circle’ back in 2008. At the time, she was then a Form three student at Starehe Girls’ Centre.
The program has seen Agnes embark on giving back, over the years, especially whenever she is not in school. She has been using the power of her voice to impact others. “It is about what is in me. I am able to lead myself and other people excellently. There are many leadership opportunities out there for me,” says the Moi University graduate.
Soon after she joined the ‘Circle’, Agnes joined a 9-month ICT Lab, where she was equipped with computer skills that saw her land her first internship with Deloitte. At the time, Deloitte was setting up the Masomo Mashinani Foundation. “I volunteered every Thursday at the foundation’s offices,” Agnes said.
On the side, she was also responsible for running the Rural Reproductive Health Initiative (RRHI). RRHI is a student-led commitment which raises awareness surrounding reproductive health amongst fellow youth and adolescents. The initiative has been targeting schools in Ruiru, Njoro and Stephjoy Secondary School.
RRHI has directly impact over 2,200 boys and girls in schools. “We are scaling up the programme so that we can deal with reproductive health issues amongst the youth via Facebook,” she states. While stating that there is a lot of work cut out for RRHI, Agnes explains that the group is looking forward to partnering with UNICEF so the group can acquire more educational resources. “We want to double the impact by partnering with organisations that have a wider reach and the resources. With this we will definitely reach our goal of having a healthy sustainable community,” Agnes says.
Giving back, Agnes says, has prepared her to set the ground for other girls to follow suit. “I am able to use my little resources to gain an edge in the real world.” It is never about material wealth, I can give in time, talent and treasure,” she adds.
Agnes says that her involvement in the ‘Circle’ has given her marketing and interpersonal communication skills that helped her land a job as a Business Analayst at Deloitte.
The programme, she says has turned her life around. “It has built me to be who I am today. I now have more reason to be the change that the world needs,” she says. She has been able to use the power of her voice to impact others. “It is about what is in me. I am able to lead myself and other people excellently. There are many leadership opportunities out there for me,” she states with confidence.
Agnes has surely risen from poverty to prosperity. She has transformed into a benefactor as she is empowered, selfless and capable. And she is on a mentoring journey with Vivian, a high school student at the Kakenya Centre for Excellence. “We have introduced ourselves and we do a lot of letters. I am looking forward to meeting with her,” so she states. A lesson that she has learnt in all this is that the world is full of opportunities, “but these opportunities won’t knock at your door, you have to go out and look for them,” Agnes says.
She knows too well that it is her sole responsibility to shape her future in the world of possibilities. “It is about trying, having a positive attitude and never stopping. It is about never wanting to be where you were yesterday,” Agnes shares. Her future is not dependent on her background. “I need to choose what I want to be. I can now dream more and enable other people to dream.”