Mary, a young woman of about 18, is a member of this family. She has been accepted to Canadian Mennonite University here in Winnipeg. Mary, in particular, has had some significant challenges in her life, but has been able to excel in her schooling. I will let her tell a part of her story:
"Despite all that I was going through I have notable achievements and leadership potential traced back to my first level of education where I was nominated class president three years in a row and also appointed Chairperson to Human Rights Club. The taste of this leadership did not fade but granted me a nomination for class prefect in the year 2013 -2014. At that point leading a large group of outspoken, independent and opinionated girls, my leadership ability to recognize strengths in differently capable peer was sharpened. The following year, I was promoted to Club and Societies’ Leader after a simultaneous appointment as Debate Club Chairperson for the term 2[phone redacted]. The most significant lesson in leadership that I learnt was when I failed hard to find another way until I succeeded. It was in the moments of failure rather than success that I learnt first hand the importance of confidence, delegation, humility, and the position of God as the front line even in my leadership."
Peggy and I have indicated a willingness to help out with personal support of Mary while she is in Canada. The cost of tuition is beyond what most Kenyans can afford. The total tuition is $15,000 Canadian. Peggy and I have agreed to provide her return air fare to Canada. A friend has provided $5,000 for tuition and this has been deposited with CMU. The funds need to be in place by August 10.
Because of the particulars of Mary's situation we cannot share very much more publicly. If you have specific questions, I may be able to answer some of them by Private Message on Facebook.
We are very appreciative of any assistance you can provide.
- David & Sheryl O'Brien
- Barb Broddy
- Margaret Cimon
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