“As a teenager, I always wanted someone to look up to: a big sister who cared both about my academic performance and my life experiences. I was lucky to find that person in my mentor, Peace. She lit a special candle in my life and challenged me to give back.
When I joined PACE as a teaching assistant at Kawangware Primary School, I decided to give the same opportunity to the girls in this school. My initial assignment was to help tutor and mentor them. The more time I spent in the classroom, the more I learned about the support we could give girls to help them succeed as they navigated puberty in a low-income community.
I started meeting with the girls every week to talk about life, our struggles and create solutions for each other. I was inspired by these girls. “Pledge-a-Pad” campaign which I founded to get sanitary towels for my students is one of those solutions. In November, we raised and donated 100 sanitary towels this month-but we are only getting started. Working with these wonderful children has made me discover a side of me that I never knew existed. I discovered that my life purpose is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate and to have it make a difference. I have touched a child’s life: I can’t wait to do more.”- Hawaa, 22.