THE JOURNEY TO ADULTHOOD
HORIZON EMPOWER PROGRAM
Business Information Technology,
Technical University of Mombasa
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES
Business Information Technology
Technical University of Mombasa, Mombasa, Kenya
Abigael, April 2020. Her last year of schooling before going to university.
ABIGAEL’S PATH TO EMPOWERMENT.
When Abigael stepped of the bus in Mombasa for the first time, it felt like another world.
Groggy from the 16-hour ride from her home in Kitale, she looked around at
her new city with excitement and curiosity.
“I’d never been to Mombasa,” she said. “I was curious — what does Mombasa look like,
What is the university like?”
The road to Mombasa was long — more than 500 miles, to be (kind of) exact.
But Abigael’s off-road journey to this moment has been years in the making. Her childhood years
at Baba Nyumbani were formative for Abigael in allowing her to dream big,
with the educational opportunities to get her there.
A DAY IN THE LIFE.
AT 5AM, THE ALARM RINGS.
Abigael makes the most of her days, rising early to get ready for class, which usually begins at 7AM. This semester, you’ll find Abigael studying:
- Management mathematics
- PC and hardware
- Development studies
- Practice and management skills
- Discrete mathematics
When Abigael’s not studying, she’ll often hang out with friends, watch movies or, occasionally, visit the beach (Mombasa is along the Kenyan coast and features white, sandy beaches) — though, she says, not to swim. You can often find Abigael reading to relax — she recently read a book called How to be a positive thinker.
THE ROAD TO MOMBASA.
THE FASTEST ROUTE IS 860KM, OR 534 MILES, BY CAR.
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MOMBASA.
See a glimpse of Abigael’s world. Though these are not photos of Abigael, it’s the buildings, streets, even people she may see every day at the Technical University of Mombasa.
A FAMILY TO CALL “HOME.”
Before Abigael became a university student, she was a daughter, a sister, and a friend to many at the Baba Nyumbani micro community. When she returns for breaks and holidays, this is the family who welcomes her. Within the community Abigael is part of Amos and Milkah Tanui’s family — see their family photo below.
Stay connected to Abigael’s family back at Baba Nyumbani with these glimpses of life at home.
“Global Family Groups” will connect you with the other sponsors of the Gonzalez-Najera family. Confirm your interest and we will be in touch.
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Take a moment to send a short message to Abigael. As an Empower Partner, you get to enter into a relationship with Abigael as she walks through her time in university and into adulthood. That’s a pretty unusual opportunity! Take advantage of the space below to share a thought, message of encouragement, or ask a question. Our field team will share your words with Abigael and work with her to send a response.