January 31, 2018
Nathan Gikundi, born on 16th February 1990 as a first born in a family of four to the late Isaac and Zipporah Baitirau in Muramba village in Tigania West Sub-County in Meru County. Generally most people from this area are peaseant farmers who depend on one or two acres of land for crop farming and animal keepinmc
In the year 1994, I lost my mother to severe illness (malaria) as back then medicines and medical facilities were not as advanced as they are today. Two years later I lost my dad on road accident. This unfortunate incident led to family separation as my brothers were taken by my aunts while the other was taken by my grand parents. As this rapid transition was happening to my family my prayers were answered. Good Samaritan “ the National Council Of Churches Of Kenya” took me for sponsorship to one of the Children’s Home at Garbatulla.
Though with lots of frustrations, however, the pain of losing parents and missing my friends, UI was delighted to be part of a new family as older kid’s were very welcoming. I was enrolled to Garbatulla day primary school the same year and with these new changes challenges were faced but I managed.
My academic life started turning around in 1997 when I got into standard One. The environment was competitive and like any other kid in the home I grew and got interest in many things mostly reading and with support from my new NCCK family my needs were met.
From class one to class eight I excelled as the best in my class and with good grades. In 2004 I sat for my KCPE and got 363/500 marks and with this I joined St.Paul’s Secondary School in Maua the following Year. Due to tough weather, which was totally different from the one I was used to at Garbatulla I was compelled to ask for transfer to Garbatulla High School in 2006.
4 Years went fast and in no time I was sitting for my KCSE. When the results were announced I had B and wasn’t surprised to know that I did not do well as expected by many. My fourth year was full of challenges caused by series of strikes which led to school closure for months.
I joined the Kenya Polytechnic University College in the year 2009 and with the Council support in paying my school fees I graduate with Credit (Upper Division) on 19th December 2012.
After months of employment search God has granted me many favours as I have worked with several reputable companies and government agencies including Kenya National Highways and Intex construction company just to name a few.
To God I give all the glory as I thank my sponsors and parents the NCCK for all they have done for me and other children under their sponsorship. Through the light that they shined on me I have been able to overcome may obstacles in life and through their Christian teachings I chose to believe I have grown up to be a God fearing and loving person whose main goal is family development and supporting the needy in the community. With their support I have managed to support my siblings lifestyle and education to the best of my capability.