at SRF had never hit my mind, but as philosophers say "let life take it's
course". It was a rare opportunity that comes once in a lifetime. I was so
naive when I joined SRF- maybe it's because of the fact that I had just cleared
high school. Moreover, I was a Shamas runaway, having left the foundation in
2013 but that's a story for another day. To my surprise, I was warmly welcomed
back to the organisation but this time as a colleague.
Working had never been so interesting. I enjoyed every bit of the tasks that I did despite having no professional expertise. This was made possible by the family that I worked with. It would be so mean of me if I don't mention these people who made SRF my home away from home.
Catherine is the head of social work department. She guided me as my boss and a friend. She taught me basic computer skills such as scanning, using Word and Excel. Through her I understood office ethics.
Linnet (Social Worker) was a sister to me. She made me feel at home while in the office. She would advise me about life and was always ready to listen to me.
Bernadette (Social Worker) was my inspiration. I learnt a lot from the way she balanced her duties in the office and in the field as well. She is now in the National women's rugby team and I'm so happy for her.
Each time I had troubles with my computer I'd ran to Muli for help. I remember one day when I had trouble with an important online application and he came to my rescue. To me, He was an IT guru, something that he learned on his own. He was a gentleman and very humble- I looked up to him in many ways.
Sisko was a very close friend and a rival as well when it came to the field(Shamas and Impala have a rivalry that can be dated back when the foundation was formed).
These are the people I worked closely with during my time at SRF. It is said that an institution is never complete without a strong foundation. As far as I am concerned, the social work department was the foundation of SRF. With Catherine's leadership, this department did tasks that were very important to the organization. From home visits, registration of players, following up on student-player scholarship, disciplinary of the student-players... In deed this department partakes a great roll in this institution.
SRF's Founder, Mr Azim Deen, is a selfless person and a great supporter for SRF. I remember playing with his son, Zayn, when I was still in Shamas.
Priscah, the Head of Operations, always amazed me with her personality. If I was a poet I would put it precisely as "She dined with the Kings and Queens but did not lose the common touch". If this was the medieval age, I would classify her as one of the nobles who would connect and help the peasants.
The CEO Edoardo de Paoli, is one very unique person. He was open and defiled protocol, for the betterment of those who were in need. He is the one who gave me the privilege to work in Shamas.
Each time I arrived at the office,I was welcomed with sweet tea that was well prepared by Lorna. She is a hard working lady and very loyal to SRF.
Ann is the institution's secretary, and each time I was with her she would encourage me to keep working hard. She is a believer and always told me to put my trust in God so as to have a bright future.
Through Shamas,I met people such as Leo who enabled me to see the importance of passion. He employed passion in whatever he did, however small it seemed.
All these people helped me grow professionally, spiritually, and individually. I got into SRF as a boy, but came out as a gentleman. The four months that I spent in SRF introduced me to the professional field and I really thank SRF for that.
The work done by SRF in the community development is invaluable. Many rugby players from Kibra, Mathare, Kangemi, Tatu City, and Eastlands have benefited from the program. One commendable thing that I observed while at SRF is the gender equality. Both boys and girls are considered as equals and this makes SRF a very important figure to the society.