Moja Tu

Meet Joy: Gaining Valuable Work Experience

Moja Tu’s programs are curated to ensure holistic development for our students. Besides empowering them with an education, we also equip them with the skills and knowledge to thrive in the real world. One of the most impactful aspects of this is the work experience that we offer our students. We are intentional about working with our university students to help them find jobs they can succeed in while still in school. This helps them to learn how to manage their time and responsibilities, hone the skills they are learning in school, and prepare them for the job market.

Joy, a Bachelor of Science (IT) student, is a brilliant young woman with big dreams and an even bigger heart. She is currently in the final year of her studies, and is balancing the responsibilities of both a job and her final classes beautifully. Joy was one of our very first students in the program. She joined Moja Tu when she was in primary school, and it has been a joy watching her blossom through high school and university.

“I don’t think I have had an opportunity to experience success like I have had while being part of this amazing family. Though I was bright and always managed to get good grades, there were moments I battled imposter syndrome. This changed when the organization introduced counseling sessions. The sessions have helped me believe in myself as well as taken care of my mental health,” she reveals.

Joy enjoys a cordial relationship with her sponsor Gabriele. She tells us that knowing someone somewhere in the world is cheering her on pushes her to work hard. A software engineer in the making, she looks up to Moja Tu’s founder and President Kathy, whom she fondly refers to as Mum.

“I always get to spend time with some of the sponsors as well as our mum Kathy when they come for the annual visits to Kenya. The sponsors are full of insight, and on a personal level, I have been able to cultivate values such as gratitude, hard work, and self-efficacy, which have come in handy in tackling life’s issues,” she says.

Thanks to her diligence and commitment, Joy was selected to be one of the team leads for the program as a whole. Besides helping run the program, team leads play a crucial role in being role models to the other students. As a team lead, Joy’s tasks include managing Moja Tu’s website and email platform. This opportunity has given her a taste of the professional work environment. So far, she has proven that she can work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines, valuable skills that are not taught in school. She is also happy to apply the knowledge she has learned in class to enhance the program’s work. This, for her, is the perfect way to give back to the program.

“The Skype call and letter writing to our sponsors have helped me develop my communication skills and confidence. I have also learned to focus on the greater good that leads to success since nothing good comes easy,” she explains.

“Moja Tu has had a positive impact in my life, and it actually saddens me that I’ll soon be finishing my time as a student in the program. I came here looking for gold, but I found more. I have grown so much, not only academically, but also mentally, emotionally, and socially. Moja Tu has been and will always be the best thing that ever happened to me,” she says.

Joy Katanu