TMTF INITIATIVE SUPPORTS AFBC
All Mango Tree beneficiaries in colleges, universities, and community service meet annually to evaluate their activities during the year. In this meeting they also elect their office bearers who then spearhead the group’s engagements for the next year. This is the only opportunity that brings all TMTF together as they break for December holidays. All of them are in colleges and universities spread all over Kenya and this is an important moment for them to meet one another and also get to know their aspirations and challenges. This years meeting was held at the TMT Farmers Training Centre-Mawego and supervised by TMT staff.
For more than 5 years, TMT-Kenya alumni have been leading and making an impact back in their local communities.
We’re grateful to have worked with hundreds of visionary alumni and volunteers over the years. Our team shares the belief that a passionate group of people can transform the communities. And their commitment to making a difference doesn’t end when they leave for a new job. Former OVC work in the Government Departments, third sector organizations, pursue graduate studies at various local universities and colleges, work in early childhood education and teach in high schools. Some alumni lead their own companies, social enterprises and businesses. Four of the alumni are already engaged as employees in the organization and one has been invited to serve as trustee to the organization too.
We believe the skills, friends and experiences you gain at TMT-K are with you for life. That’s why we’re committed to helping our hundreds of alumni on a professional level—improving their skills, making contacts and giving them opportunities to support each other.
When you work at TMT-K, you are always part of the family. So we hope you’ll stay in touch by sharing your news, photos and updates on our alumni Facebook page.
How Do We Know That Our Alumni Value Their TMT-K Experience? We Asked Them.
We went out of our way to measure and evaluate social impact by doing a multi-year cross-sampling survey of TMT-K alumni. And here’s what we discovered:
- 80% were proud of their contributions to the organization.
- 75% shared that TMT-K offered young employees unique leadership opportunities.
- 50% believed that the skills they learned at the organization helped them transition into their next career.
- 59% agreed that they were well exposed as a result of working for TMT-K through the volunteer program
- 91% use their former colleagues, managers as professional references.
Sad memories from the untimely demise of her mother in April 2004 are still fresh in Jane Ndago’s mind. She was hardly 13. On that fateful day, Jane was attending her Primary evening classes. Being in standard four at Apuko D.O.H primary, a local school in Miriu Zone of Homa-Bay County, she was required to attend classes until 6 p.m. before the pupils were released to go home. It was at this time that the news of her mother’s demise reached home. Her mother, Teresa, lost her life in one of the health facilities in a cesarean delivery.
‘Losing my parent at that age was very unfortunate,’ she says. ‘It’s hard coming to terms with the loss of my mum.’
According to Jane, ‘life became harder for us as my elder brothers and my sister Merceline could not proceed to Secondary School even after they attained good score in Standard eight. I lost all the morale in pursuing any further education too’
It did not take long before she lost her father too. In 2009, her father succumbed to malaria. At that time, Jane recalls, she was at Form 2 at Nyandoche Secondary School in Kisii. During this time, however, luck had knocked onto the family’s doors as The Mango Tree had offered a hand of help to Jane and her younger siblings in 2007 when she was at standard eight.
‘All that I have achieved is owed to the Mango Tree. Had it not been for the good will and the dedication of staff, perhaps, I wouldn’t be here today. Looking at the dark past makes me sad, however, the bright future gives me more joy.’
She successfully completed her University education and graduated in 2016 at Laikipia University where she studied education. Currently, she is a teacher employed by the Board of Governors at Kokwanyo secondary school, married and has one kid.
‘This is a great achievement. I thank God for enabling me reach this far and hopes that The Mango Tree continues to support orphans and vulnerable children to ensure that they acquire basic education.’
Jane has learnt, from her experiences as a beneficiary of the organization, to be self-disciplined and obedient to the society while offering herself to diligently serve her community to the best of her ability. She has grown to become an integral player in the society; a role model, a leader and an embodiment of reason for her generation and her society