Prominent Women Leaders Urge Girls to Dream Big at Mentorship CampBushnell Odhiambo
Girls in Homa Bay County have been inspired to be more resilient and committed to their goals, thanks to the Governor’s Mentorship Camp. The camp, which was held at Asumbi Girls National School on Friday attracted thousands of adolescent girls from secondary and primary schools across the county. The event also marked the launch of the County School Tree Planting Competition.
The Governor of Homa Bay County, Gladys Wanga, was the lead mentor at the summit, alongside Rangwe Member of Parliament, Hon Dr. Lilian Gogo and other prominent women leaders.
Speaking during the event, Governor Wanga encouraged the students to remain focused on their studies and career goals, reminding them that their attitude would determine their success in life.
She urged the girls to draw inspiration from her own story, which demonstrated how determination and belief had helped her to achieve her dreams.
“The girl child needs to be mentored if she is to become a leader in her community,” Wanga said, adding that as their governor, as their role model, and as their mom, she together with other leaders are obligated to lend them a hand.
Dr. Lilian Gogo emphasized the importance of mentoring girls to become future leaders and environmental stewards.
“It’s inspiring to see our governor take such a strong stance to mentor the girl child. As county leaders, we will continue to fully support such noble initiatives,” She said.
The mentees, in turn, pledged to remain disciplined, focused, and goal-oriented. They also committed to abstaining from sex until the right time.
In addition to the mentorship camp, the County School Tree Planting Competition was also launched. Each school will have the opportunity to compete by planting one thousand trees on their land.
The winners will be determined based on the number of trees planted per capita and the survival rate of the trees, with an 85% threshold.
The event was organized by county departments of gender, education, and governance, and was supported by EGPAF, LVCT Health, PS Kenya, the Kenya Forest Services, National Police Service, Mildmay, Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association, and the Yacht.