Gordon Odhiambo has been facilitating ReachUp! at Lugala Youth Polytechnic in Kakamega, Western Kenya, while Isaac is located at Sirisia and Kisiwa Youth Polytechnics in Bungoma, Western Kenya.
Can you tell us about yourself?
Gordon: I am a hardworking guy, very flexible and I adopt myself to different situations. I like change, novelty, surprises and love everything that can make life beautiful. My personal vision is to be a change agent, a man of positive influence. I want to be able to share my experiences andknowledge with people who happen to cross my way.
I am a graduate of Makerere University with bachelors degree in Development studies, I am the first born in a family of eight. That's me.
Isaac: I am a first born in a family of eight. A graduate from Kenyatta University's School of Business, Bachelor of Commerce Finance. I have a passion for business innovation leading businesses' super-normal performance. I am God fearing.
How has been your experience while in the field?
|Isaac during one of his sessions.|
GO: It has been interesting with lots of ups and downs. I have learned to deal with different people and the interaction has been fun.
What has been the greatest achievement so far that you pride yourself with?
GO: Seeing my participants come up with their own livelihood projects and putting a smile on their faces and giving them hope to live for tomorrow.
IS: The friendship and trust I have won from those polytechnic students who are considered "failures " and
having been able to change their life perspective "grow" their self-esteem.
Any challenges you faced while in the field? How did you handle them?
IS: Yes, quite a number, ranging from insufficient course learning facilities like computers for ICT modules to inadequate project management skills and lack of enough time for projects coaching. Solving this challenges required that I work on Saturdays.
Most memorable moment as an Intern?
GO: Meeting with fellow Interns.
IS: Two occasions - Sagana's Bethany interns training and Savelberg's week long skills development session.
Do you have any advice for incoming Interns?
GO: You are the master of your own fate and captain of your own soul. You are what you think at heart. So think big.
IS: I had the fun, have your fun.
What are your plans for the future?
GO: Start my own business and follow my dream.
IS: Further studies in enterprise development and entreprenuership then practice as business development advisor. Big business for me is within the package and serve the less privileged.
GO: Excuses are the tools of the incompetent used to build bridges that go absolutely nowhere, please make sure that you don't die with your success story untold.
IS: God bless DOT.
Thank you Gordon and Isaac!