Project director Veronica Nyaga recently left Kenya for the first time to visit the United Kingdom on a trip organised by British charity St Peter’s Life-Line.
But while Veronica is learning more about the British life, we thought it would be interesting to find out more about her too.
Below is Veronica’s story in her own words and why she wanted to visit the UK.
“I was born on 30th June 1976 in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya. I’m 4th in a family of 6 – 3 boys and 3 girls. I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Development.
“In 2001 I married Geoffrey Mutembei, a teacher, and we have 2 sons, Cliffton 16, and Keith 14. Cliff is joining college this May to do a diploma in purchase and procurement. Keith is in Form 3.
“After college I worked for the charity Caritas Meru, helping, amongst other things, to run their programme to eliminate FGM in the Diocese of Meru for 4 years. Their FGM programme finished in 2010 just as I heard about St Peter’s Life-Line starting their work in the Parish of St Peter’s, Kajuki. Through the then Parish Priest, Fr Joe, who was also determined to defeat FGM, I asked to meet David and Susie, to see if they could start running an FGM programme, which was still rife in this area. Happily they agreed.
“Since then the charity’s work has grown to meet other challenges in the community, and I was fortunate to be appointed to run the women’s micro finance scheme, and the primary school feeding programme. I am now co-working with the Parish to start tackling the huge problem of giving care to the many disabled kids in our area.
“I love working with the community and seeing the positive impact of our work. Their bright faces gives me great joy.
“I have never been on a plane nor out of my country. I’m sure the experience of my visit will be amazing. I have read so much about Britain. I want actually to see everything. The football stadiums, the castles, the transportation system, Thames river, London Eye, literally everything.
“I want to meet the kind people who support the Life-Line, and thank them personally. I want them to know how much their kindness has changed my community.”