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Fredah Ajowi
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Community worker in Kisumu, Kenya working with vulnerable communities
Community worker in Kisumu, Kenya working with vulnerable communities

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MY EXPERINCE IN THE UK DURING COMMONWEALTHS CHOLARSHIP SEPTEMBER 2013 TO DECEMBER 2013

I am Fredah Ajowi form Kenya,I came to the UK from  through the Commonwealth Fellowship Scholarship Award for the year 2013 which was hosted by Widows and Orphan International. I work in Kenya as a Senior Project Manager for OGRA Foundation,  a Non-Government Organization. My work involves working with children in and out  school, supporting Orphans and vulnerable children access education, counselling support to both guardians and children, supervising activities at Omen Feeding Centre,working in collaboration with  Government Ministries, coordinating project staff and volunteers. 
My three month fellowship took me through training sessions, conferences, events and sharing of work experience with the host organizations and work placements based in the UK.
My most memorable event was my work placement with Street Invest UK Charity organization supporting children living and working on the streets in Africa, Asia, Europe and Central America.
Street Invest invests in the development of Street Workers who serve as trustworthy adults in the lives of street children. They seek better lives for street children by supporting Street Workers through Training, Research, Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation and Organisational Development.
I had the opportunity to engage very closely with Senior Management the Board of Trustees.
I gained a lot by being given an opportunity to give my inputs on the fundraising proposals, giving the African context and more specifically the Kenyan context. I developed concepts, participated in schools training sessions, Monitoring and Evaluation of Programmes. I went through the first phase of training on Introduction to Street work. Even after  I  finished up my work placement with Street Invest invited me to attend their facilitation skills training for staffs and co-facilitated on Values and Attitudes in relation to street connected children/youths and families.
I participated in a dinner fundraising event where I had the opportunity to share Kenyan experience with Street Invest supporters.
My other work placement was Jubilee Action based in the UK but supporting Organizations working Africa. Asia and South America. Jubilee Action works with Kenya partner Organization KUAP-Pandipieri. I happen to have worked with this Organization before and this was an added advantage for me becoause Ikinow the background of their strategies and challenges.KUAP Children Service Programme believes in child reunification with the families and capacity building of the street youths for self reliance. They don’t leave behind the families which are social safety nets for the children. They empower the families through micro –enterprise trainings and support in starting up and building on their small businesses.
Jubilee Actions seeks to strengthen and empower local communities to protect children facing the gravest injustices. At Jubilee Action my line Manager was the Programs and Fundraising Officer. I worked closely with her in developing proposals, developing concepts and sharing my experience with all the staff. I was invited to attend their engagement evening where they had the opportunity to share their work experience with their stake holders and appreciate them for their support  My other memorable vents was when I was invited to give presentation to GSK Team in London Breton office. This was really rewarding having worked with GSK Volunteers in my organization since 2009. I was here to share real experience with the team and the Impact Pulse programmes has created on us as an Organization and to our local communities.
Of all   the memorable things I went through during my placement was when friend of OGRA Foundation from m Jersey Island invited me again to go and talk with their supporters. The Jersey team plays a big role in supporting OGRA Foundation towards scholarship Program. Here again I shared with them how worthy it is to invest in the education of a needy deserving vulnerable African child. Jersey is nearer France and Guernsey Island than London. For two days I took a tour of the Island visiting old war areas around the sea, visiting educational sites like Vitoria school, the court, The Perchand Farm renowned for the best Jersey cows.
My capacity has been built through the trainings I went through. These were Project Planning and Management. Monitoring and Evaluation of community project, Finance Management, Volunteer recruitment and staff retention, Proposal writing and Fundraising, Youth Mental Health First Aid.
The meetings I attended included those organized by Consortium for street Children. In collaboration with CHETNA and HOPE for Children at Hilton Hotel, Green Park.
Presenting the work of my Organizations to London –GSK Team in Brentford Office.
The Commonwealth welcome programme 2013 at the University of London, Senate House.
The places I visited included visiting the Buckingham Palace,St.Pauls Cathedral.the Tate Modern,the London Bridge and Tower Bridge, and managed to have Lunch at Las Iguanas Hotel around Waterloo train station near the River the River Thames Bank
My fellowship will go a long way in helping me better manage projects, internal staff,Internal  and International volunteer Management. Monitoring and Internal Evaluations of the Projects, better fundraising skills. I intend to be a better  people, resource,good time manager and team leader  of people who are  motivated to help the marginalized groups in our society. 
My experience in the UK has changed my outlook on life professionally, socially and culturally.
It has changed my perspective of life as a whole and very inspirational and experiential.

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With my brother Trusted Grown Up comparing our views on how to help street children...
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Beautiful me....

(Sam says)
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Still at St James
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In front of St James school (UK) in October where we delivered a workshop on street children to nice students (with Alfred, street worker from Sierra Leone, Ange & Sam).
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