Thank you message from Mildred WasikeNovember 9, 2018 12:18 pm
The following is a recent letter received by CES alumni Mildred Wasike. It shows how far Mildred has come since CES began supporting her at Sidikho SS in 2012. Midred will be travelling back to Kenya in early February and it will be great to hear more stories about her experiences in China.
My name is Mildred Wasike, born on the 3rd November 1996 in Kakamega, western Kenya. I am the third born in a family of four children. My parents are Mr. Wasike Bernard and Mrs. Evelynne Wasike. I don’t remember much of my early childhood but mum said that I was a very active, curious and communicative child. I took my elementary education at Musabale PS as well as my secondary education at Sidikho SS in my local village school. Though I came from a humble background, I had a happy childhood with my parents and siblings. It was a happy and loving family. During weekends, we always spent time on the farm helping my parents. That was our only source of survival. Our home being in the rural area, didn’t have either electricity or running water. I used to study using the kerosene lamp, and sometimes my parents couldn’t afford two pay for the fuel. When I was in high school I spent most of the time at school so that I could utilize the school’s electricity.
Despite coming from a humble background with all the challenges associated with it, my thirst for knowledge did not come to an end when I was at school. I was passionate about mathematics and science. This passion helped me gain profound knowledge in these areas. After competing my primary education another problem arose. There was no money to pay my high school fees. Having passed well I began to apply for any scholarship. I tried my luck in different NGOs but these never came through. Being a Christian, I believed that everything happens for a reason so I still trusted in my God that He would open another way, and for sure He did. My parents raised some money from friends, family and well-wishers and took me to the nearest secondary school – Sidikho Mixed day school. I was happy because only through this would I be able to achieve my dream of becoming an engineer. I promised never to let them down and prayed to God to grant me knowledge, wisdom and understanding throughout the four year journey.
Throughout my first year in high school, I was always the best student. Our principal, Mr. Issa was quick to notice it. He was impressed by my performance and always encouraged me to keep up. So in my second year, the principal recommended me to a scholarship which could cover all my expenses throughout my education up to university level provided I maintained a strong performance. That was the turning point for my life for it has never been the same since I received a scholarship from the CES Kenya and CES Canada. That motivated me to work smarter than ever before. I was enjoying a better learning environment because my CES provided me with pocket money, sanitary towels and other girlish stuffs and even gave me a solar powered lamp to. read and do preps at home. After my final exam in high school, I did well too and CES still stood with me. I was offered a chance to work as a CES Kenya intern in my former high school, mentoring my fellow students and helping the teachers. I was a role model to many. I used to counsel and encourage my fellow students who were going through the same situation I was in and to my surprise, their situations completely changed. I began to realize that God had given me the ability to encourage and make them feel stronger.
While I was still working as an intern in Sidikho SS,I received the good news that I had won a scholarship to study in China. I was happy and a little bit nervous about it because of the different culture and difficult language and almost everything that awaited me there. But I believed that God would give me the courage and knowledge needed to go through it. He surely did, the chance was a dream come true. Now I could be the engineer I had dreamed of being. Currently, I am in my second year studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. I am certain that my degree will become my ticket to a better tomorrow. I want to become a renowned engineer in the field of medical imaging. I study hard and devote my free time to reading scholarly reviews and watching interviews with recognized specialists in the field.
I have come to believe that two main factors determine success. First of all is a person’s own determination and will to succeed. Are you ready to make sacrifices to achieve your goal, like working and studying at the same time? Are you prepared to recover after failure and proceed to your goal again? Without strong internal motivation, it is nearly impossible to become successful. Equally important is the support of people around you. Being determined to succeed does not mean alienating everyone and stepping on other people in order to achieve your goal. On the contrary, success is about recognizing your weaknesses and accepting support from people who genuinely want to help you. With that in mind, I am greatly appreciative of the friendship and support received from the community at Sidikho SS. If it were not for CES Kenya and friends at CES Canada I would not be where I am today. Because of CES I now have a vision, a goal and a strong future. I promise that in turn I will do my best to make them all proud. I will also strive to become an expert professional who will make a strong contribution on the field of medical imaging.
We wish Mildred all the best and look forward to her next update!
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