I spent my first week in Nairobi, attending a Nairobi Chapter ACCES Alumni Association (AAA) meeting and collecting stories of current and former ACCES beneficiaries. The meeting was attended by over 40 students who received scholarships ranging from the 1990s to present day. It was inspirational to meet the many students who have benefited from the support of ACCES and established a life for themselves in Nairobi, the economic centre of East Africa. I have learned that there are hundreds of former ACCES scholars in Nairobi working in a wide range of sectors in government, banking, defense, education, and business at all levels of their organization including those at high level leadership positions.
It is important to point out that ACCES focuses it support on the western region of Kenya near the border with Uganda. This area enjoys a wonderful climate but is extremely poor and densely populated. The scholars in Nairobi were able to relocate from their generally subsistence based agricultural villages and build a new life in a big city because of the education that was provided by you, our sponsors.