Here we are at the beginning of another school year. The semester started in September (I am challenged by our rural internet service since Kent and I relocated!). As always, anyone wishing to see our budget need only contact me. We also have receipts for money sent.
James Wallunya completed his Bachelor Degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution in May of this year thanks to the many people who have donated to Rose’s Wish! His graduation ceremony is late this month. We are so very proud of him and grateful for all the generosity of so many. He completed his internship with the Social Welfare Development Programme. He is now interning with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nairobi. His 3 month internship was extended to 6 months and will be completed late December this year. He continues researching scholarships/fellowships for his masters and doctorate. He spent 4 days in hospital earlier this month with Pneumonia but has recovered well.
In Jim’s own words…
“Hi I hope that you are doing well, am going on well. In the last school year, we’ve achieved a lot. Personally, I have been able to make huge leaps in my academic and professional life; I have been able to kick-start my career having completed my undergraduate course work in April and beginning an assignment at United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as an Intern in the communications section after moving from Social Welfare Development (SOWED) Programme Kenya. Kent has also achieved milestones, having completed his first internship and continuing with his classes. My current position has been nothing short of inspiring and educational; I have been able to learn lots of skills, use different ‘new’ software, and learn about the UN system. I also receive a lot of support and guidance from my supervisor and colleagues who are from different backgrounds and enjoy the reassurance that with hope, hard work and support – dreams come through. I will be graduating from Africa Nazarene University in October 24 while my assignment at OCHA will end in December 21. I hope to begin French classes in October and probably learn Arabic later on. Also, I hope to get a post graduate and an employment opportunity.
Thank you for your support over the years, which has enabled me to start and complete my undergraduate education and bolstered my prospects for meaningful employment and more notably, a brighter future. This is a journey which we’ve travelled together, at different levels, and has left an ineffaceable mark in my life, and those of my brothers. I cannot thank you enough. I appeal to you to continue supporting us and we will strive diligently to ensure that the vision we had while seeking and receiving your support is realized. Thank you and may you be blessed.”
Kent Wallunya is in his 3rd year of pre-law studies. He completed his internship with the court in August. Next June he will be interning with a law firm. These internships are part of his program. Prior to this Kent, of his own innitative, would visit court during his “spare time” to observe.
Here is Kent’s description of it:
“My internship will be supervised by a Magistrate, and I will be required to examine cases, outline facts and write possible rulings which I will present to the magistrate. I will also be required to be conversant with the clerical duties in court. A lecturer will also visit the magistrate court to observe, and at the end of the internship period, I will be required to submit a report of the whole process.”
During his internship:
“I am being inspired. I keep learning new things and experiencing first hand how our judiciary works.”
Please support Kent in completing his Bachelor degree. He will be well prepared for law school. Rose’s Wish also continues to support Jim so that he may take advantage of this tremendous opportunity with his UN internship. Our family is eternally grateful to all of you for your generous support and hope you will help these two young men complete this part of their journey. Your contributions have changed their lives. There is the obvious, that they will have bachelor degrees and some experience. Then there is the not so obvious, the feeling that there are people pulling for them, caring about their welfare, willing to make personal sacrifices to help them. This gives them the heart to persevere and to help others less fortunate.
In 1982 I joined Peace Corps Kenya for two years. I taught at a tiny secondary school. I had no idea how that experience would shape my life. I have returned to Kenya many times to lead trips. I have taken both secondary school students and adults on 3-6 week trips that combine culture and wildlife. Leading one of the trips in 1988, we arrived in our village to begin our home stays. My home stay was with one of the Kenyan secondary school teachers, Rose. A deep friendship began.
Now, so many years later, both Rose and her husband, Walter, have passed away. In 2007, as she was dying, Rose wrote her last wishes on the back of an old envelope. She wished for Heidi and Kent to take care of her 3 boys. We arrived in Kenya to visit Rose, only to find she had died while we were traveling. We had been paying school fees for the boys to be in boarding schools because Rose’s health was so poor. We were able to visit them in person at their schools to let them know we would be their family, and their schooling would continue.
We are so proud, as Rose and Walter would be, to have 1 son attending University and one graduated! I would be happy to send the budget to anyone who requests. Our goal includes tuition and all expenses for Kent's school year and Jim’s living expenses during his internship (they share a small apartment). Kent and I cover the gofundme fees and cost of sending money and make up any shortfalls to the best of our ability. I would happily put you in touch with these young men and/or Kent’s school so that you can verify his attendance.
If you can find it in your heart to assist us in any way, we would be tremendously grateful.
Bless you all,
- Kristina VanBlaricom
- Robert Hitchcock
- Laura Richardson
- Dan Chambers
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