MY JOURNEY FROM A VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDER TO AMBASSADOR OF SAFETY

I remember when I joined Moi University as a first year student I had purposed that I would join a volunteer club in Campus that will give me skills and experience to serve mankind. On the reporting day which I remember was 28th August 2008, I registered with Kenya Red cross and St John Ambulance clubs but on the registration desk there were four ladies that really sweet talked me and I felt much connected to St John. The ladies were Hilda Syombua Nimoh Kuriah Emmah Njoroge and Carol Waweru. In the same year as a First year, Kenya Red cross appointed me to be the assistant training coordinator and St John Ambulance also appointed me as Sergeant of Operations. By the time I was in my third year I had done alot for both organizations that I was appointed the Divisional Superintendant by St John heading the organization in that area. I managed to introduce both clubs in about 15 schools in the Nakuru and Uasin Gishu Counties while pursuing my undergraduate studies. I remember one time our Maths for Economists lecturer Dr Obiro telling me that I had misplaced priorities because I spent my time and energy doing the wrong things but I told him that nothing would replace my passion for humanity. I organized a lot of training camps, community service activities, tree planting, hospital voluntary services amongst other humanity outreach programs. When I cleared my studies even before graduation I continued volunteering under both organizations in Nakuru County. One day while desperately looking for a job, I got a call from Jackson Matundrah informing me that St John had advertised for a training job and he felt that I was the best candidate. I was then at our village in Murunyu, Nakuru and could not afford even fare to Nakuru to apply for the job at a cyber. When he realized that my excuse was lack of transport he copied the link, forward to my email and sent me Ksh 100 and insisted that I should apply. He was also desperately looking for a job but he felt that was my opportunity. May God bless him wherever he is. The position required one to have a minimum bachelor degree in Medicine, Public Health or Disaster Management with a minimum of five years experience. I had just cleared my Bachelor in Economics, had not graduated, no experience and didn’t have even some of the transcripts but because Jackson begged me I went and applied. Few weeks later I was invited for an interview and several interviews followed and out of the 80 people who had been shortlisted, I got the job together with Eva Nyangasi and for several years we were involved in very tight training programs across the country. Within one year I was promoted to a Training and Development Officer, six months later received another promotion as Assistant Training Manager and after eight months another promotion as the Training Manager. That is three major promotions within three years. When I got the job I told God that I would either serve for three years or train 10,000 people, whatever would come first, then resign and by that time I had achieved both, so I resigned in December 2015 and started my Training firm Makinika Afrika Intl which has grown to be one of the best safety training institution in the region and later started Nairobi Safety Shop which is the largest one stop safety shop in Africa. I have been severally consulted by the government to be in several committees such as the Machakos County Emergency Preparedness Committee, Kenyatta National Hospital Emergency Plan design committee, Kenya Ems Policy design committee etc. I started the first World Safety at Work event in Kenya, have done several researches which have been instrumental and used by different government bodies and have met and severally engaged different governors, First lady, Deputy president and the President and severally invited to the state house in my line of duty and in 2017 I was in a national event mentioned as the Ambassador of Safety because of my passion and commitment to the building of a culture of safety.

I have trained hundreds of thousands of people on safety matters, responded to hundreds of incidents, helped hundreds of companies fulfill their Occupational Safety and Health requirements and employed many in the field of Safety.

It has been a journey of building a culture of safety which was inspired by the need to volunteer to impact the society around.

God Has greatly rewarded the work of my hands.

May the Lord give you an idea and strategy to get to your life’s mission and assignment and live a purposeful life.

May He send to you destiny carriers and connectors just like He sent the four ladies to encourage me to join St John Ambulance, and Jackson who begged me and facilitated for me to apply for a job which connected me to my life’s mission. May He give you passion that will make you impact lives. God will bless the works of your hands.

Ecclesiates 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

Isaiah3:10 Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.

Deutronomy28:12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive impacting and transforming lives; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Stay focused on your mission, remain steadfast in your pursuit of excellence, and always do the right thing.

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