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Recent success stories about Jambo Sana Students


Julius Mwangi is a 20 year old boy who lives at Bathi part of Magina village where Jambo Sana is situated. He is now in form four at Mbaoni secondary school, a few kilometres from Magina. ‘I came to know Jambo Sana in the year 2008 when I was in class eight.  I was finding it very difficult to concentrate in school due to lack of food. Then my teacher came and asked me whether it would help if I got some lunch. We used to go there for lunch. Jambo sana used to give us uniform also when I was in Primary school.’

I am so pleased that I got that opportunity. Now I am in secondary school and would like to be a pilot. I hope Jambo Sana can extend the help to secondary school students?

Although education is free, sometimes we are asked to pay money for lunch. Also our parents to pay part of fees and cater for our upkeep which is quite expensive for them. If Jambo Sana can pay our fees, lunch and probably assist our parents with some food to feed us when we arrive home in the evening our lives would be better and we would pursue our career successfully.’

Interviewer : What is your name?
Florence: My name is Florence Wanjiku and I am 36 years old mother of five.
Interviewer: Where do you live?
Florence: I live at Kimende a village near Jambo Sana.
Interviewer: What do you do for a living?
Florence: I make clothes for people. I have bought three sawing machine and I have a small workshop where I operate.
Interviewer: Where did you learn your dress making skills?
Florence: I trained at Jambo Sana. From grade III up to grad II.
Interviewer: Are you happy about what you are doing?
Florence: I say thank you very much! In fact I will ask you to continue training more. I was desperate because I was not able to join secondary school. My mother died when I was still at tender age. My father married another woman who did not accept us. I resolved to get married at least to get a place to live. Without a professional my husband and I were doing manual jobs to earn a living. Now I can provide for my family.
Interviewer: Do you know of other people who were with you at Jambo Sana?
Florence: Yes. I know Wangechi who makes clothes at a tailoring shop, Virginia Kabura who also owns a tailoring shop. I don’t know much about others but I hear some of them are doing sewing jobs at their homes.


Interviewer: What is your name?
Ken Asika: My name is Ken Asika.
Interviewer: What are you doing at the moment?
Ken Asika: I am a student at Jambo Sana. I am doing electrical installation grade II. I am already through with my Grade III. I am also working at a milk processing industry a few Kilometers from where Jambo Sana is located.

Interviewer: What is your name and where you live?
Joel: My name is Joel Wanjiku. I live in Dubai.
Interviewer: How did you get a job at Dubai?
Joel: When I could not get a job in Kenya I decided to try Dubai. A friend of mine had promised to get me a job. However this did not work and I started hoping from one office to another looking for a job. Luckily I tried this company. When I showed them My computer certificate which a had acquired after training at Jambo Sana they offered me a job.
Interviewer: Are there other people who trained at Jambo Sana and they are here with you?
Joel: Yes, David Njoroge, John Wanene are here in Dubai although I am not sure about where they work.


1) Jambo Sana has been housed by my dad for a very long time now. We really need to gather some money to buy our own place. One acre is going at £12000. Only then can we be able to grow.

2) We need to be able to feed around 100 primary kids from the two primary schools in  the village and extend the feeding to secondary school kids. Some go there and do not finish their courses because of hunger.

3) It is very difficult to support all the trades we offer. We do ask the students to pay some little money but it is not possible for them to pay especially when rains fail like they did the whole of last year.