Jessica’s Mentoring Story
When I joined the Global Give Back Circle – Girls Guiding Government Program, I did so with an open mind and committed spirit, noting that there was a need to promote the role of women and girls in the development of our beloved continent, Africa. Global Give Back Circle offered to me a formal, and highly interactive platform to do this by mentoring an at-risk adolescent girl in Kenya or Rwanda.
Rwanda has a special place in my heart for several reasons. I cherish Rwanda for its development record, gender empowerment initiatives, highland climate, clean environment and young workforce. Consequently, I opted for a mentee in Rwanda. Further, mentoring a girl far away seemed more satisfying than guiding one I could easily meet as often as I wanted. I believe it is a high calling to give to someone completely outside your world.
The first letter from my mentee, Gislaine of Gashora Girls Academy, started my mentorship journey. I must confess that I am very impressed by Gislaine’s excellent grasp of English especially knowing that Rwanda is also a French-speaking nation. Gislaine is a strikingly beautiful and brilliant girl who has kept me on my toes with constant communication. We have both been blessed having been paired together. Seeing her short hair reminded me of my high school days, when all the students compulsorily had short hair. Amazingly, she is also a Seventh Day Adventist like me and strongly committed to her spiritual life.
I am loving the mentorship experience, because I am also learning in the process, especially when she shares with me what she has learned in the workshops and as we plan her Give Back Commitment. Secondly, I am enjoying researching and reflecting on issues to gain more insights on our discussions. Further, our warm and cordial relationship has virtually made her a part of my life. She is my friend whom I look forward to hearing from as often as possible. I hope that one day we will meet face-to-face. I am inspired by the need to team up with Gislaine to help her build a beautiful future as a global leader, who will positively impact the lives of many more women, including her siblings, friends, community and the world at large. Gislaine is a focused, well-organized and super girl. I see her breaking the glass ceiling!
– Jessica Omundo
Jessica currently serves as a Program Officer for the African Association for Public Administration and Management. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya.