I am Cudra Mohamed, born in a family of six children, three boys and three girls. I was born and raised in Embul-bul, Ngong. My parents :Mohamed and Aisha were not able to pay my fees, but luckily I got a scholarship from Humanist since Nursery in Good Samaritan preparatory school.
After my standard 6 second term exam, I was forced to move to a government school so that by the end of my primary schooling, I could get the best high school. So i went to Embul-bul primary school where i placed my best foot forward and managed to score a B+ in my KCPE, end of primary exams.
The Humanist scholarship ended before i could join secondary school bringing confusion to everyone in the family. My parents ran up and down looking for bursaries and scholarships and that’s when they met with one of the managers of Seeds for Hope Organisation. Seeds of Hope took over and offered to pay my high school fee. I joined Oloolua Secondary School, where i had to walk from home each morning and back in the morning due to lack of transport money. That did not pull me behind, I went on and worked hard and was able to score a C constant at the end of my High school exam, KCSE.
Seeds for Hope had a culture of holding meetings at the end of the year which encouraged me since we could share our challenges and they would try their level best to find solutions for us. It is also in one of these meetings that i met Lucy Kimaru, a co-founder of Good Kenyan organization. She talked about the programme and most of us, Form four leavers, got interested.
I took a step and went for an interview at their office and luckily i was accepted to join as one of the cohorts.
Being a new cohort which is Cohort 4, we were introduced to the basics of the program which includes: Basic computer studies, Basic Entrepreneurship studies, Art and Design, Life skills and also offered us with mentors to guide us through our career choice and life in general.
Honestly speaking, I didn’t know lots of things that a grown up is assumed to know like my personality, how to handle different situations, how to behave yourself and so on, but i now do, why? Because that’s what life skills classes offer you with and lots more…i didn’t know how to operate a computer but now i know how to thanks to Good Kenyan Organization.
I graduated in August 2019 and attained a certificate.
I really enjoyed Design, computer and software classes since i have passion in the field of Design. With the skill i gained from the software class where we were taught how to code with Max Musau using Scratch as a programming language i created a project in Turtle stitch. Max Musau offered as an opportunity to attend the first Scratch Africa Conference to be held in Kenya in 2019.I showcased my projects and Joek Van Monfort, the director of Scratch, seeing the interest in Kenya, him and his colleagues donated the Brother Embroidery machine to Kenya.
I’m currently embroidering names and simplified logos on shirts using this machine and also hand stitching woolen hats and infinity scarfs trying to generate money so that i can also join University and be able to study Interior Design and Fashion and design.