Steve grew up in Londiani, a small town in rural western Kenya. He came to Oberlin, where he is now a first-year student, through the Kenya Scholar-Athlete Project (KenSAP), which helps bright Kenyan students from disadvantaged backgrounds gain admission to top universities in the United States. Steve was raised in a home for abandoned children and orphans, and it was while working as a volunteer in that institution that he developed a passion for social justice and human rights activism. In the violence and chaos that followed Kenya’s disputed 2007 general election, Steve worked with the Red Cross Society of Kenya to assist internally displaced persons in his area, which was among the hardest hit by the post-election violence. He is currently a Bonner Scholar and enjoys offering voluntary service to the Lorain County community. He intends to major in Land Economics and Architectural Studies with a minor in Sociology. After completing his academic pursuits in the United States, he hopes to establish an architectural firm that will help relieve conditions that result from the lack of decent low-income housing in Kenya’s cities.
Composed in December 2009
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