THE JOURNEY TO ADULTHOOD
HORIZON EMPOWER PROGRAM
Kitale National Polytechnic
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES
Kitale National Polytechnic, Kitale, Kenya
Pauline, April 2020. Her last year of schooling before going to university.
PAULINE’S PATH TO EMPOWERMENT.
Pauline’s on her way to a life she’s dreamed of —
and a key part of that dream is helping others.
“If I could do anything with my future, it would be to be there for those who were there for me when I needed them the most.”
This emphasis on community balances with Pauline’s desire to be self-employed,
one key reason she’s pursuing accounting. Pauline is passionate about business,
and is excited to have a career that allows her to manage her own time. This is empowerment in action!
A DAY IN THE LIFE.
“IN GENERAL, I START MY DAY AT 6:30 AM WITH BREAKFAST,” she says, before getting ready and heading to school. Pauline lives in a student hostel off-campus, which gives her a 15 – 20 minute walking commute each day. Her first classes of the day alternate between 7AM and 1PM. If Pauline doesn’t have morning classes, she’ll often stay at the hostel to work on assignments before heading out for the day.
When Pauline’s not studying, she’ll often hang out with friends or go on walks. When 5:30 p.m. comes around, her classes are done for the day. Pauline structures her days well, because she knows a thing or two about time management.
“YOU DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO DO AND REMEMBER THAT EVERYTHING HAS ITS CONSEQUENCE,” she says. “ONE OF THE CHALLENGES OF BEING IN COLLEGE IS THAT THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE CAN IMPACT YOU, LIKE CHOOSING BETWEEN GOOD AND BAD.”
TIME FOR CLASS!
Pauline’s 2nd year, 1st semester classes:
- Managerial accounting
- Financial accounting
- Commercial law
- Research training project
- Quantitative techniques
- Business finance
KITALE NATIONAL POLYTECHNIC.
See a glimpse of Pauline’s world. Though these are not photos of Pauline, it’s the buildings, streets, even people she may see every day at Kitale National Polytechnic.
A FAMILY TO CALL “HOME.”
Before Pauline 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 Pauline is part of the Mbugua family — see their family photo below.
Stay connected to Pauline’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 Pauline. As an Empower Partner, you get to enter into a relationship with Pauline 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 Pauline and work with her to send a response.