Kenyans in the diaspora directly or indirectly play a big role in the socioeconomic lives of their compatriots back at home with remittances adding to the country’s economic growth.
In my personal experience, though it is rare to meet the youth abroad, who care about their motherland with those lucky to earn income only interested in their immediate families, a young Kenyan, Humphrey Musila, has challenged the narrative.
Musila is an undergraduate student at Park University college, where I also study. He majors in Political Science and minors in Computer Science. He is involved in campus life, but still manages to maintain good grades.
The focus and maturity of the young man are two traits clearly acknowledged by peers in campus. Here is a young man who has always strived to give back to community to the best of his ability. When Musila was still in Kenya, he spearheaded youth empowerment activities under the aegis of Makueni County Youth Organisation.
Before he jetted out to US for further studies, he had already founded a library in Makueni county. Since his arrival here, Musila has been looking for ways to continue helping people back at home. In October last year, he began collecting donations of books from students and college staff.
In campus, Musila has placed donation bins at strategic locations. As a result, he has been able to receive more than 2,500 books together with printers and other stationery waiting to be shipped to Kenya.
Musila believes the time for sitting down and waiting for ‘manna’ from heaven is long gone. He feels the responsibility to build a better Kenya and Africa. He has already started another social enterprise called “African Tutor”, a resource centre that provides college admissions guides, links students from across Africa to tutors and donates books to libraries.
The organisation has already begun work in Kenya, helping students to gain access to tutors. All a student needs to do is visit the organisation’s website or its social media sites and fill a form to be put in touch with a tutor. Presently, tutors are only available in four counties, but Musila hopes to expand this service in the coming months.
African Tutor is hoping to create more employment opportunities this way. Its website also acts as a repository for scholarships and conferences information. Musila’s parting shot to peers across Africa, “You don’t need to build the next Microsoft to make a difference in life or either the next Facebook. You just have to know who you are, and what you are passionate about and then move forward.”
The writer is a Master’s of Public Affairs student at Park University, Kansas City, USA. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org