End of Year Graduation Note from Silvano

To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.

With 2016 just around the corner, I have taken some time to reflect on what I am most thankful for this year. I am very excited because 2015 marked the conclusion of a long episode full of sacrifice, perseverance, effort and dedication that led me to meet the target that I have had since many years ago. This year, i marked the end of a four year journey as an undergraduate student at Egerton University, and also the beginning of a long journey in professionalism and post graduate education.

I am therefore proud to announce to you that I graduated from Egerton University on 4th of Dec 2015, with a second class upper degree (68.00 points) in Computer Science. I know that this moment will be in my mind and in my heart forever, but it makes me even happier to know that I give happiness and joy to the people I treasure the most, and I want to thank you for being my support and my breath over the eight years. I’m so proud that I was able to fulfill one of my dreams of being the first person in my family to graduate from a University.

The last four years have made me a better person in different aspects: I can work on what I like to do, I have met hundreds of friends and I’ve learned a lot from each of my college friends, and I have grown and matured professionally, socially and emotionally. I have always dreamed of pursuing a Masters Degree in Computer Security, and your thoughtful donation has brought me one step closer to my goal. These years have been the most wonderful ones for me.

Recently, I’ve found myself wondering where I would be today without your donations. Thank God because I am not in the streets of Nairobi begging for food, clothing and shelter. I am proud because I will soon be able to take care of my bills, as I wait to be confirmed as an IT Assistant in one of the largest leasing firm in Africa, after spending the last three months under probation. I am now solely responsible for continuing to discover what inspires me, and finding supportive friends and coworkers to surround myself with. I must constantly remind myself to seize every opportunity that presents itself and never stop learning. As the old adage goes, “adding more colors to your palette will never hurt in creating a masterpiece.”

Several people helped me to get here, that includes: Ms Salome Muturi – Director of By Grace Disabled and Orphans Centre, Ms. Kayli Stollak- Director of R.E.A.D and most importantly, all the well-wishers who have made my secondary and university education a success, I dedicate this day to you.

I therefore wish to take this opportunity to thank all well-wishers who have supported READ over the past four years in my pursuit of completing my Bachelor’s degree for their unconditional love and for helping me achieve my dream. Your donations have provided me with a first-class education at one of the best universities in Africa and encouraged me to explore anything and everything I found interesting. I wouldn’t have been able to keep my head above the sea of poverty without your sacrifice, financial support, prayers and belief in me and my dreams!

Finally, I know you have given me more than I can ever give back to you. I guess it is the cycle of life that one day I will give all of myself to the society. You have proved that love is caring and helping those in need, regardless of their race, relationships and physical distance. Your lasting memories of your kindness and generosity have proved that to give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love. I hope that when the time comes, I will have the strength to place my self-interest aside and serve the less fortune in the society. I promise to live a life that does justice to all that you’ve done for me.

Thank you again for your incredible support and may you have a prosperous 2016.

 Silvano Ngacha,

Beneficiary of R.E.A.D Scholarship,

BSC. Computer Science, Egerton University.