A couple of weeks ago, I was in Nairobi with my father on business. The whole trip was quite eccentric. Suffice to say, my father took great pleasure in keeping his bottle of eye drops in the fridge behind the bar at our hotel.
I took this opportunity to catch up with three Kairos Project coachees – Peggy, Maggie and Matthew.
Peggy Mativo is a founder-director of PACEMaker International She supports over 12 public schools in and around the slums of Nairobi with volunteer staff. Recently she passed the milestone of 100,000 donated hours of teaching time. Her story is absolutely inspirational. She got into Harvard, graduated and brought her spirit and commitment back to Kenya to help education.
I met Maggie Matthis at The Muthaiga Club – two improbable worlds colliding in a 19th century institution. She works with two not-for-profits and is putting herself through a marketing degree, partly financed by a Canadian couple. She is intent on making a difference in this world and I believe that nothing will hold her back.
My last meeting was with Matthew Hawi. He works as an administrator for Global Greengrants. Starting initially in Kenya, he now works all over Africa sifting through hundreds of grant applications from grassroots organisations that are looking for funding. His job – to give hundreds of people a reason to believe in their dreams.
I left Nairobi in awe of the people that The Kairos Project work with and needed to borrow some eye drops to hide my emotions.