“Poverty is not being without money, but being without hope.” Author – Unknown.  Poverty is such an ill-stricken problem in this country. But in real sense, there is nowhere in this world that is poverty-free.

Hey, my name is Eddy Kioko Mwendwa; a change champion at Young Jewels Foundation, an amazing community based initiative that has been in operation for the past 10 years. The program has had a positive effect on menstrual hygiene management which is always seen as shame among young girls. At Young Jewels, we believe that every menstrual period should be an equally ‘Feel Great’ experience for all women from all walks of life.

Whereas, being in a rural setup is tough, poverty is hardly comprehended. Hope is considered as the most powerful effect of poverty reduction. It is said that hope is essential as it can make the present moment less difficult. At Young Jewels, it is all about giving hope and a voice to our learners. Hope that poverty is just for a season and just like the winter, it will come to pass. Hope that the storm will be calmer. Hope that everything is going to be okay with time. Indeed, if we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.

Additionally, our mentorship program strives to increase teacher-student relationship for a favorable learning experience. Usually, teachers can be oblivious of the challenges faced by their students. A great teacher-student relationship can aid in providing meaningful advice to the student which positively impacts their learning. A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite imagination and instill a desire for learning.

Join the Young Jewels community of volunteers and support thousands of learners in provision of the Zara Kit. “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. “– Job 11:18-19.

Author:  Eddy Kioko Mwendwa

Change Champion