Daystar Student Attends the Mandela Fellowship 2017
Joshwa Tambo, a Daystar University Third Year Business and Computer Science major was among 60 delegates that represented Kenya at the Mandela Washington Fellowship 2017 recently. The Fellowship took place in Washington DC, USA, bringing together 1,000 delegates selected from over 65,000 applicants worldwide. Joshwa earned his first degree in Development Studies from East Africa University in 2015, after which he founded Kibera Community Empowerment Organization-KCEO (www.kceo.org).
He is pursuing a second undergraduate degree at Daystar University. KCEO focuses on empowering skilled artisans through recycling, incubating extraordinary young mothers on leadership and social entrepreneurship, and offering competitive scholarship opportunities to bright and needy students from informal settlements in Nairobi. Today KCEO has collectively impacted 21,214 lives in informal settlements in Nairobi.
Joshwawas born and raised in Kibera slum. “On the whole I am “a slum boy”, but I am a big fan of community based social entrepreneurship. When I was younger, I helped my entrepreneurial mum to sell indigenous vegetables and Omena (fish) and took interest in developing social enterprise. I grew up knowing that one day I will initiate a venture to create significant social impact in my community,” he says. This drive has seen Joshwa grow to great heights.
His selection to the 2017 Mandela Fellowship gave him a prestigious opportunity to join Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for seven weeks to learn more about leadership and social entrepreneurship and to network with high profile young leaders across Africa as well as US.
“I’m looking forward to continue scaling the impact of my work as well as promote mutual relationship between Lehigh University and Daystar University to leverage on partnerships for sharing best practices and exchange programmes,” said Joshwa.