Photo comp: Rose Poka, Kenya
Rose Poka
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Favourite memory of the Award:
They are quite a number to be honest. Every time I met my target or set a goal was a beautiful moment. As a Unit, we have built a learning centre for Children in a marginalized area called Kajiado for our Residential Project. During the opening of the learning Centre, tears welled up my eyes when I looked at the smiling, happy and hopeful faces of the little children in uniform and their parents. It was empowering and fulfilling.
Biggest challenge from doing the Award:
The biggest challenge to myself has been figuring out the other things that I can do. The Award made me know that there is more in me than I think.
Have you continued any of your Award activities? If so, what:
Yes. I have continued making door mats and table mats. I have also continued to volunteer to tutor young ladies and gentlemen in their studies especially for mathematics. I have continued to exercise and stick to schedules.
Tell us the story behind your photo:
It was during one of the Adventurous Journeys when I was a Volunteer Assessor. I love the outdoors. I also love to give back to the society through the Award programme. These particular participants were not very strong mentally and they kept saying they were tired. I encouraged them time and again to keep going with the goal in mind. In the early afternoon, we climbed to the top of a rock. I have phobia of heights. Standing on this high point on what looked like a cliff was one of the hardest things I have had to do. As I sat and my heart beat loudly in my chest with lots of imaginations re-playing in my mind; my own words of encouragement sounded in my ears. It was as if to ask, how do I encourage others and not feel encouraged myself? How do I cultivate bravery if I am so scared? So I took up the challenge by one of the Volunteers and tried the jump as he took a picture. The sight was breath taking. The landscape and all the detail was fascinating. I was able to face my fear. This has since become one of my favourite Award photos.s.
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