With 37% of students living in the Kibera slum not finishing secondary school, Thomas was destined to be part of the statistics. This was until one unexpected interaction changed the course of his life.
Thomas was fourteen years of age and completing his eighth grade of school when his parents lost their source of income. Despite being a talented student he had to leave school as he was unable to pay the compulsory school fees. He had always wanted to be a lawyer but instead had to remove thoughts of ever attending school again to focus on survival.
This focus on survival changed due to the kindness of a stranger who upon a chance meeting gave Thomas the funds he needed to go back to school.
For Thomas this wasn’t just money – it was hope.
To this day, no one knows the name of the Irish man who helped him so Thomas has never been able to tell him the life change the funds provided him. Thomas not only was able to finish secondary school but went on to achieve a scholarship for Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Human Development.
He has been able to provide his entire family with a way out of the Kibera Slum.
Now in his late 30’s, married, with two beautiful children Thomas is armed with a passion to provide others the same hope that he was given.
In 2010 Thomas founded a community based organization called Mirror of Hope. He supports children living in the Kibera slum by using the philosophy of ‘education for life.’ Mirror of Hope offers school sponsorships, school holiday programs, vocational training for women and HIV/AIDs awareness programs.
Thomas is an engaging speaker and has a passion and energy for what he does which cannot be described in words. It is captivating. His ability to share his life story in such a raw, authentic and vulnerable way allows him to fully connect with his audience. He motivates and inspires everyone around him.
Want to meet Thomas?
He will be in Australia in September 2017 & will hold speaking engagements up & down the East Coast.