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2014 Scholarship recipient – Gitundu Monica Wanjiru

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I am 22 years old, female from Kenya. Currently a student at The University of Nairobi pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. I have always been passionate about science and mathematics. This made me develop an interest in engineering. I always worked hard and dreamt of being an electrical engineering.

I did very well in my junior and senior schools and was always a top student despite studying in less privileged schools. In the year 2012 September, I was admitted at the University Of Nairobi to pursue B.sc Electrical Engineering. Unfortunately, two months later, my father who was the sole bread winner of our family passed away. This posed a very great challenge my mother who was unemployed and aged. She started selling vegetables so as to make ends meet.However, her income was very low and could hardly sustain us and pay my university fees.

Through WAAW FOUNDATION, my dream to be a competent female engineer will soon be realized, I intend to mentor other young African girls to realize their dreams and be competent engineers. My goal is to come up with efficient and reliable energy sources so as reduce the cost of manufacturing and transport in Africa. Through the skills gained in electrical engineering like CAD and programming, I will be able to apply it in the vision of electrification of the many rural parts of Africa and hence largely boost industrialization and development. Words cannot express how grateful and humbled I am by the support from WAAW foundation.