Progress Report from Jocelyn Macharia January 2011
Jocelyn writes: “I have just finished January semester and the hand of God has been guiding me. The next semester will be in May 2011 then progress to write 20,000 words dissertation which will be handed over by February 2012. …. Pass my new greetings to TNAP members and tell them I wish each one of them God’s blessings and long life full of good health. We shall meet at God’s own appointed time.” Jocelyn Macharia
At about the same time, the director of her program communicated the following to Poppy Buchanan:
“Jocelyn has been on of our best students and we all like and admire her energy and enthusiasm. She is a self driven woman and the knowledge and skills she has gained from this course will surely help her to serve the community she works for and the entire country even better. Her base group, which is composed of the youth members is doing a great job towards making Othaya district beckon of hope and hence our nation Kenya. Every member of my base group know their HIV status, since they said that one cannot advocate that which is not known to them. This original group has helped the ‘birth’ of other groups of PLWAs, widows, disabled group, and a women’s group. All the groups have IGAs( Income Generating Activities). The original base group is planting tree seedlings and selling to schools and other individuals, rabbit keeping, youth Sacco, and they have proposed a paper recycling factory. I have introduced these groups to the administration, and AIDS Control Council Coordinator">CACC. They have been awarded Ksh. 350,000 by AIDS Control Council">NACC. The District Youth Officer have seen their projects and has awarded them Ksh 50, 000 to add in to their SACCO.
Jocelyn has gained all these skills from this very unique Masters programme. In recognition of her abilities, Jocelyn was been selected to represent Central Kenya in launching of GIPA (Greater involvement of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nairobi, on 28th July 2010. Besides the skills to mobilize at community level, Jocelyn academic performance has been excellent.”
Dr Nyokabi Kamau
Senior Lecturer & Director St Pauls Institute of Life Long Learning,
St Paul’s University Limuru
Many kudos to Jocelyn!