Hey there! My name is Jentrix Kharenya and I’m from a family of four – my mom, brother, sister, and I. I grew up in Kibera slum and went to Glory Secondary School and participated in Swahiba’s Jitambue Purity Program. After finishing high school, I was lucky enough to join the organization’s team where I did their Mentorship and Empowerment Program. I loved it so much that I ended up volunteering with them for years and eventually became the team leader for the Mentorship and Empowerment Program.
My main focus is on mentoring young girls. I work with the Swahiba Mentorship Girls program, but I also mentor girls outside of the program too. On top of that, I run a small soap-making business where I sell my products to customers. I’m also involved in youth activities at my church where I help guide and support young girls towards achieving their goals.
I got involved in this work because I saw a gap in mentorship for young people, especially young girls, in the slum. Our team is really committed to empowering and mentoring young girls. We teach them a bunch of different skills like communication, basic computer skills, detergent making, beauty therapy, baking, beadwork, cooking skills, career talk, and financial management. We also help address their physical and spiritual needs as they transition into tertiary education.