STORIES OF IMPACT
Integrity Worldwide sponsors local students in secondary school and students from Meto pursuing a higher education at the University of Nairobi. Through donations, we pave the way for students to learn despite the lack of opportunity.
Meet James Olokuala, age 29.
James is in the process of finishing his studies at the University of Nairobi and going on to receive his masters.
“But I want to go all the way and get my doctorate,” Olokuala said. “I want to be a lecturer, a teacher.”
But he does not want to just teach anywhere — he wants to bring his knowledge back to his rural village of Meto. James said because he was blessed with the opportunity to study, he wants to help others pursue their goals in education.
But James almost gave up on his educational goals when one of the worst droughts in history decimated most of his family’s livestock herd. James, the oldest child with the most responsibility, had to delay school while he helped his family in what he calls a dire and pathetic situation.
“Being the first born, I had a lot of challenges,” Olokuala said. “But I wanted more than anything to continue my studies.”
Because Olokuala was chosen to be one of the Integrity Worldwide Impact Scholars, he has been able to continue his education and one day use his education for positive change in Meto.
“The Integrity Worldwide Scholarship Program has brought a lot of positive change in this community and for people like me who were in a dire situation,” he said. “I have a vision of bringing change to education in Meto — to show them the importance of education here so they will be more determined to reach their goals.”