Scholarship Beneficiaries Testimonies
The Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) prides itself for for sponsoring 26 of its members to further advance their undergraduate and post graduate studies. Three of its members Beryl Osindo, Daisy Obare and Josephine Sirega share their testimonies:-
” The scholarship was the best thing that ever happened to me prior to my contemplation of deferring my third last semester in campus back in 2002. I was a student at the University of Nairobi doing my undergraduate degree in Journalism and Media Studies. The moment I received the fund remains indescribable. Throughout my final year of school, I did not have to worry about school fees and AMWIK has so far been very supportive in terms of providing job recommendations, and providing further avenues for scholarship funds in relation to my quest of furthering my studies. The fund provided me with an opportunity to concentrate in school which earned me the highest honorary grade when I graduated in 2013. I wish this could serve a similar end in the lives of several other young Kenyan women. Today, I am a freelance academic writer and I am back at the University of Nairobi for my post graduate studies in communication.
I would not thank AMWIK enough and I am hopeful that the future is bright for me and thousands of other young women who will also benefit from the fund in future.”
“I was very fortunate to receive a Scholarship from Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) to pursue my under graduate degree at University of Nairobi. Coming from an economically disadvantaged family, financial support was something that my parent could not provide. I thank God for the support I have received from AMWIK and now I am almost done completing my degree.
Indeed from time immemorial, women have been perceived as weaklings in our society. Lack of education progression has dictated that women cannot compete for managerial posts. The communication field has also become very competitive rendering women with diplomas inadequate. Having received the scholarship fund, my desire is to transform the perception of society towards women and change policies that hinder women from achieving their dreams in order to build this nation. Thank you AMWIK.”
” As a radio journalist who believes that information is power, one of the things that I have advocated for is the allocation of more airtime for programs that specifically address issues of women and girls in local radio stations. In Ramogi Radio, this has led to the increase in airtime given to programs that address issues of sexual and Reproductive health, women empowerment among many others which are very critical to the development of both women and girls and hence society as a whole.
One of the program that I currently run and coordinate is to empower the girls in my community. Every year, I have been mobilizing professional from different field, where we collect resource to buy sanitary towels for the girls from different schools in Nyakach and also to sponsor the education of needy bright girls. Currently, we have sponsored three girls for secondary education.
One of the activities that I have been doing most is to visit different communities where we have one on one talks. We share information majorly on the importance of investing in the girl child to mitigate the high prevalence in early girl child pregnancies and marriages. This has yielded positive results so much that this year; some of the communities we visited have seen a reduction in school dropout.
All this would not have been possible if AMWIK had not invested in my education by offering me a scholarship to pursue a degree in Gender and Development studies from the University of Nairobi where I managed to graduate with First class honors. I am indeed grateful to AMWIK and I intend to help as many girls as possible access education.”