I have been home in Canada for just over a month, and I have been trying to write this piece in a way that is cohesive, persuasive and nuanced. My time in Kenya through the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program truly altered my perspectives on aid, the “developing” world, international organizations and more. I found my … Continue reading My Reflection: What does it mean to be a part of QES?
Nairobi has a real knack for fashion, and I have only been able to scratch the surface in understanding the complexity of Kenyan style and its roots. In the Central Business District (CBD), I have attended markets full of beautiful and uniquely patterned textiles called Kitenges which are an emblem of East African fashion. At … Continue reading Masked Generosity: A Narrative on Kenya’s Second-Hand Clothing Industry
A few weeks ago, I sat in a conference meeting hosted by the European Union (EU) where they unveiled their Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) 2019 for Somalia. Somalia’s situation is, “complicated,” to utilize the words of those representing the EU. Somalia is on the precipice of significant political, economic, social, and security developments that could … Continue reading Foreign Aid: Hidden Agendas in Development
Before starting my internship, I did some extensive research on UNOPS and found myself confused and perplexed regarding the work they do, and how they do it. Furthermore, I was confused about the relationship between UNOPS and The United Nations (UN). UNOPS is inextricably connected to the United Nations as they dub themselves the “operational … Continue reading My Internship with UNOPS: The Role of the Partnership Development Office
Studying Global Development Studies, I have many friends who travel abroad for development projects or leisure. Therefore, I had heard of culture shock, which is known as the looming feeling of anxiety one gets after arriving in a completely unfamiliar environment filled with new food, people, values, climate, language, and more (Global Perspectives, 2016). Culture … Continue reading Culture Shock and The Expat Hermit
I became interested in a specific topic during my time in Kenya regarding human rights. In this blog, I will give an overview of the situation on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGT) people in Kenya. Rights for the LGBT group in Kenya are much more different than they are in Canada. … Continue reading LGBT Rights in Kenya: An Overview
the QES internship was an amazing experience, learning new things, immersing myself in a different culture, meeting other QES interns, making new friends and travelling to different parts of Canada was fascinating. Studying, living, sharing experiences and learning with other international students broadened my horizon and enabled me to build networks and friendships with other … Continue reading Looking back……
On the 8th of June 2018, the QES Scholars (Edith, Phanice and I) were privileged to take part in a field trip organized by Prof Garry Feir. Dr. Samuel Owuor, our professor from our home university (University Of Nairobi, Kenya) was also visiting the University of Fraser Valley at the time to enhance academic links … Continue reading A Trip of a Life Time!
The response to many of the questions that have been asked since I came back to Kenya concerning my Queen Elizabeth Scholarship (QES) experience has been “Yes”. Was it a good experience? Yes. Was it helpful to my studies? Yes. Did it have plenty of learning? Yes. Would I recommend this internship to others? Yes. … Continue reading GLAD I SAID YES TO QES!
My time spent in Canada not only enabled me gain knowledge and skills but also share experiences and ideas from Kenya in various aspects. My knowledge on environmental sustainability has improved and I have learnt lessons applicable in my home country Kenya with a view of situations, challenges and opportunities from a different perspective. My … Continue reading VIEWS FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE