As reported in a previous newsletter article and Facebook posts Maureen’s education has been sponsored since she began attending Jambo Jipya in second grade. Her excellent grades granted her admission to the nationally recognized Bahari Secondary Boarding school for girls in Kilifi County which was also funded by a generous donor with Reason2Smile. Since graduation in December of 2016 Maureen applied and was admitted to the University of Nairobi’s School of Economics which she began in September of 2017. Her university tuition is being for by the 2017 Calhoun Senior Experience class. Their annual fashion show fundraiser raised 10,000 USD which was donated to Reason2Smile on Maureen’s behalf. This way “seniors are supporting another senior.” My son Ryan and classmate Olivia DelGaudio traveled with me to Kenya in April 2017 to tell her the news in person. It was a wonderful trip with memories that will last a lifetime. Maureen is starting her second semester and here is an email note that she sent to the 2018 Calhoun Senior Experience class:
“I had a successful first semester at the University of Nairobi that began in September. It was interesting to meet new friends, have lecturers instead of teachers and adapt to a new environment and a different teaching mode.
I did eight units for the first Semester (the maximum allowed) being mostly common units that a university student must complete before concentrating with one’s course of interest.
The units were Psychology, Economic History of Kenya, Logics, Micro-Economics, Sociology Legal Systems and Legal Methods, Basic Mathematics and Communication Skills.
I shall now be registering for different units in the coming semester and major units that now focus on Economics as a course.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you – your kind hearts have allowed a poor child the opportunity to now become an educated lady of substance that will go on to give back to her society. Without your support I would not be able to live my dream – words cannot express my gratitude.