Emmanuel's Journey to University Graduate

Ordinarily Milele sponsors young children beginning at their primary education, however there is one exceptional young man who broke all the rules.

Back in 2010 we had worked with Emmanuel at his primary school, with Rich in particular developing a great relationship with him after teaching some maths lessons at the school. Emmanuel would arrive before everyone else in the morning and was the last to leave at night. He came in to study on weekends and holidays, even when the school was officially closed! He repeatedly asked Rich to set him extra homework questions even after he had completed an entire textbook worth of practice questions!

Generations of Emmanuel’s Family all live together in a rural village

Generations of Emmanuel’s Family all live together in a rural village

Despite being exceptionally hardworking, Emmanuel’s family are not financially able to afford school fees. Living in a remote rural village, Emmanuel’s father works his land to feed the very large extended family. In addition to this, just as Emmanuel started his final year of secondary school his family had some very bad news. After losing his two year old sister in a fire accident, his mother was also diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. Despite receiving treatment, she tragically passed away in December 2010.

Emmanuel and his family value education above all else, and indeed his mother sacrificed the money saved for her operation in order to enable Emmanuel to attend the first term of secondary school and continue achieving.


Built his own house

Emmanuel (on the right) with his father, brother and little sister outside his house.

Without your support to achieve his dreams, Emmanuel would never have had the chance to attend any form of education beyond primary level and his future would have been restricted and far too predictable – what a waste of a hardworking, dedicated and passionate young mind.

In September 2014 Emmanuel became the first on the Milele Programme to go to University – beginning a BSC in Economics and Statistics at the University of Nairobi. The University of Nairobi is the best university in Kenya and 7th in Africa. Emmanuel has performed really well in his first semester receiving A grades for some of his varied modules averaging a top B grade over his 8 modules.


Starting out

Emmanuel starts his University journey

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Now a proud graduate

4 years later with a degree in Economics and Statistics

A degree level education has opened doors for Emmanuel which no-one in his family has ever been able to access. His future is bright and exciting and most importantly he has choices and control over his life.

We are very excited to announce that after four hard years the 21st December 2018 saw 'Big' Emmanuel graduate from the University of Nairobi with a 2.1 degree in Economics and Statistics! His dad attended his graduation along with Rieder and we as you can see from the photos attached he was quite rightly glowing with pride. They all went out for a meal together afterwards to celebrate his success and had a fabulous day. 

No-one could be more deserving of a degree. Our first graduate of the Milele programme, Emmanuel gives us all a reason to be proud and proves what Milele is here to do.

Emmanuel is a trailblazer and an inspiration – he shows us all that with determination, perseverance and big ideas we can achieve anything.
Rieder's Trip to England

Our co-ordinator Rieder has just landed back in Kenya after a wonderful 3 weeks here in the UK. We asked him to write a brief update for the website to share his experience and some of his highlights from his trip with you. 

"I was happy to see Amy and Rich on my arrival, despite being a long journey. Amy and Rich managed to organise a lot of training for me and that was really important in my work. 

I learnt a lot of new things I can use in my job from each training and also met some of the sponsors, which was really good for me to share with them about the kids they sponsor and their families.

I had good times throughout my stay in the UK for those three weeks. I was really pleased to see how people were kind to me. ” 

While he was here in the UK we were able to organise the following training courses for Rieder, all with qualified professionals or specialist organisations. All were excellent teachers and all provided fantastic opportunities for him to grow and develop:

  • Building Resilience with vulnerable families

  • Adolescent relationships, Contraception and Sexual health

  • IT - maintenance and troubleshooting

  • Safeguarding Children

  • Organisation and Time Management

  • Group Dynamics and running a successful youth group

  • Working with vulnerable young people

  • Education and non-traditional learning styles and techniques

  • Business mentoring and developing a Business Plan

  • Play and Interaction with 3-5 year olds

THANK-YOU to all the contributors and everyone who made this training possible for him - it will have a hugely beneficial impact on Milele in the years to come.

Rieder speaking at the 10 Year Celebration Ball

Rieder speaking at the 10 Year Celebration Ball

“The 10 year's celebration of Milele Program was one of my best memories I will ever keep. It was amazing to see how people supported Milele in every way they can to make it successful. 

As I travel back home, I know saying goodbye is always hard, but I am more confident and well equipped with knowledge which will help me transform the loves of our kids and ensure they have a brighter future ahead. 

Thanks to everyone for being welcoming towards my visit. I really appreciate everything you have done for me throughout my stay in the UK. 

I will always do my best in my job and help all the kids



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Sponsors Event Roundup

Ahead of the big 10th Anniversary Ball next Saturday Emily (one of Milele's wonderful trustees) thought it would be a nice idea to have a more informal event for sponsors to be able to meet up with Rieder and hear about how their sponsored children are getting on over in Kenya. So we hired Leire village hall, baked some cake and invited sponsors along to meet Rieder and get a sneak preview of the photo boards being prepared for the ball.


The event was a big success with lots of sponsors who are unable to make the ball getting to meet Rieder for the first time . Rieder was able to regale stories about the children and tell their sponsors just what a difference they are making. When he returns to Kenya he'll be able to tell the children how kind their sponsors are and how passionate they are about education.


It was wonderful to see Rieder come into his own whilst interacting with the sponsors during the event. His confidence has grown immensely over the course of his trip and he was also able to share with sponsors more about his role & responsibilities in Kenya, which enabled them to understand just how vital his role is to Milele.


We're now back into ball preparation mode and putting the finishing touches on what is set to be a great evening for all involved.

Don't forget to check out our star auction item and make sure to tell anyone you know who us going to Kenya (or nearby) before October 2019 as you can bit even if you're not there on the night.

See you on Saturday!