Faces of Change: Fanuel

Name: Fanuel

Age: 43

Hometown: Nairobi. Kenya (Originally from Vihiga, Vihiga County)

Occupation: Pastor at Friends International Centre Church and a Facilitator for MenKen (Partner organization with WGLG Kenya)

How did the Women and Girls Lead Global campaign change you?

“I can ascertain that the WGLG project is a transformational project and not just for the beneficiaries but also for the facilitators.

Following my involvement with WGLG I was always keen to find ways I could support girls and women in my community. There was this one girl who was brought up by a single mother and I would meet her at my church. While before I would have either exchanged pleasantries or engaged her in small talk about her spiritual life, I was more interested in what she had planned to do with her life. Her response was quite troubling as she had nothing that she desired to do. After interacting with her in various occasions the girl started to discover herself and finally we found her a school. I try to visit her regularly and enquire from the school on how she is getting along.

We were able to raise around 63000 Shillings ($630) which will be able to facilitate her through this first semester. I have observed great transformation in the girl, from a girl who didn’t know what she wanted in life to a more outgoing girl who even joined the church choir. For me it was not about talking to others to transform but rather draw lessons from the project and even find opportunity to act on towards women empowerment. I thought that I was to be the change agent but I actually became the beneficiary of the intervention.”