Leadership Symposium - August 2016


The day began with an introduction of the new Beacon Kenya Rep Dr Susan Kiragu, and a welcome to visitors, including Mentors from two new Beacon Schools - Alliance Boys and Starehe Boys' Centre.

Trustee Ajay Sood then recognised outstanding leadership and academic achievements of Beacon Scholars in the past year:

  • Farzana Huysman - First Class grade in her first year at Cambridge, and Vice-Captain of College Women's Football Team
  • Darryl Ursin - 4A* and 1A at A-Level, entering London School of Economics
  • Joy Lelei - appointed Prefect in Senior School at St. Andrew's, Turi
  • Awuor Onguru - Director's Award for Creative Thinking, and elected Year Group Rep at ISK
  • Malaika Njema - appointed Deputy Head Girl at Pembroke House

After summarising Beacon achievements over the past year, Ajay outlined development plans, including the addition of top schools in Tanzania and Uganda, and more international universities, to the Beacon Programme.

ADDRESS - TOM VOHYA, Founder Maisha Trust

Tom Vohya then addressed the audience with a Keynote Speech about the Maisha Trust, and in particular Oasis Kindergarten which he set up in Kibera. He outlined how difficult it had been to negotiate for space and to build the school. He described how the vision was to create an 'oasis' in a difficult environment where hope is the only possibility for desperate people faced with extreme poverty. He showed a video of how the construction of the buildings took shape and how it is now populated with very young children, dressed in uniforms, able to get a high standard of early childhood education, and at least one good and nutritious meal a day. It was truly an inspiration to see what Tom has achieved and what it took to overcome what appeared to be insurmountable obstacles to achieve the vision.

Tom Vohya


The Symposium had as its centrepiece Scholar presentations of their Citizenship Projects. All Scholars made presentations; new Scholars spoke briefly about past citizenship activities.

Sue and Farzana

Videos of each presentation are in Scholar Profiles. To view a presentation click on Project title.


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Gloria Tergat Building dorms for FGM girls
Lem Mbaga Unclean water
Joy Lelei Workers Day

Betty Kunyada 

Deaf children
Farzana Huysman STEM subjects for girls
Malaika Njema Giraffe conservation
Grace Muema Elephant conservation
Maria Beebe Female hygiene
Lawrence Mutua Informal settlements 
Amy Migunda KSPCA 
Rosa Kimweli Urban water use 
Matilda Ndinda Global warming 
Awuor Onguru Music in the ghetto
Jeremie Basset Art with orphans














The presentations were of very high quality, and thoroughly appreciated by all. Scholars have been encouraged to share their presentations with their schools and Mentors.

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Click here for a Feedback Summary of what Scholars had to say about the Symposium