Wezesha Dada, Inua Jamii: Nelly Celline, A Second Year KU Student Giving Poor Girls a Second Chance in Life

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She is bold and beautiful.I have never met a young person in my life who speaks with so much Passion about what they do.

The word impossible does not exist in her vocabulary.Meet Nelly Celline (22), a second year Bachelor of Commerce student at Kenyatta University and the founder ‘I inspire youth Kenya.’

nellyNelly founded ‘I inspire youth Kenya’ in May 2015.The social enterprise undertakes youth development activities but with a special bias on the development of young girls. It is through her organization that she has managed to transform the lives of many young people through mentorship, leadership training and community service.

Girl child mentorship program.

The organization seeks to empower girls through mentorship right from when the girls are in class 6 all the way to university.It is at this early age of between 10 to 12 years that girls transition into adulthood. This is a period when they face physical and emotional changes and is an important part of their lives.A mentor is assigned at most 5 mentees.The mentors are responsible for nurturing the girls’ dreams and encouraging them to complete high school and transition into campus. They are also their confidants.

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During their forums adolescent challenges are discussed, matters opposite relations,sexuality and hygiene.This mentorship program according to Nelly has seen girls perform well in class and also transition into the next classes as they have people to look up to.

Sanitary towels for needy girls.

“Girls should not miss classes because of something that is absolutely out of their control”, affirms Nelly.

It is through this spirit that she targets to provide sanitary towels for needy girls to keep them in school during their menses.Lack of sanitary towels affects girls’ performance as they loose out on atleast a week of study in a month.In dire cases of poverty others opt to drop out of school.

IShe is bold and beautiful.I have never met a young person in my life who speaks with so much Passion about what they do.
The word impossible does not exist in her vocabulary.Meet Nelly Celline (22) a second year Bachelor of Commerce student at Kenyatta University and the founder ‘I inspire youth Kenya.’

Nelly founded ‘I inspire youth Kenya’ in May 2015.The social enterprise undertakes youth development activities but with a special bias on the development of young girls. It is through her organization that she has managed to transform the lives of many young people through mentorship, leadership training and community service.

Girl child mentorship program.

The organization seeks to empower girls through mentorship right from when the girls are in class 6 all the way up to university.It is at this early age of between 10 to 12 years that girls transition into adulthood. This is a period when they face physical and emotional changes and is an important part of their lives.A mentor is assigned at most 5 mentees.The mentors are responsible for nurturing the girls’ dreams and encourage them to complete high school and transition into campus. They are also their confidants.During their forums adolescent challenges are discussed, matters opposite relations,sexuality and hygiene.This mentorship program according to Nelly has seen girls perform well in class and also transition into the next classes as they have people to look up to.

Sanitary towels for needy girls.

Girls should not miss classes because of something that is absolutely out of their control,affirms Nelly.It is through this spirit that she targets to provide sanitary towels for needy girls to keep them in school during their menses.Lack of sanitary towels affects girls’ performance as they loose out on atleast a week of study in a month.In dire cases of poverty others opt to drop out of school.

It has not been rosy.

Having no source of funding has posed a great challenge in running the affairs of ‘I inspire Youth Kenya’,a non-profit making organization.Some of the activities Nelly and her team conduct require facilitators with expertise in various fields and hiring them is a costly affair.

No one said life was going to be easy and Nelly knows this too well.Inadequate finances do not stop this brilliant lady from carrying out this noble task.She sells ladies’ jewellery and clothes and from the profits she funds some of the activities. Additionally members pay a registration fee of 500 shillings. This along with contributions from friends and family keeps the organization running.

Top 25 under 25 nominee.

The top 25 under 25 award was a competition seeking to reward young entrepreneurs under the age of 25 doing something impactful in society.She was lucky to be nominated under the social enterprise category for the good work ‘I inspire Youth Kenya’ does in transforming the lives of young Kenyans.

Advice to fellow youth

The society needs us a fact we can’t ignore.It is not too late to start, start now and make a difference.

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