We first met Kizito when he was very small. He was part of our first early childhood classes when we were in our mud buildings on the smaller property. Kizito stole our hearts with his sparkling, joyful eyes and his sweet smile. He worked hard in class and soon was the top student in the school. Kizito would tell anyone and everyone that when he grew up, he wanted to be the president of Kenya.
Kizito continued to amaze us with his work ethic and his intelligence, and when he scored at the top of our county on his eighth grade exams, we were so proud of him. We were even more proud when he was accepted into a prestigious boarding school in Nairobi for ninth grade. After a year in Nairobi, we were proud when Kizito said he appreciated the opportunity, but he felt the best place for him was at home with his Heritage family. He missed his school, his friends, and the teachers and leaders he’d come to consider such an essential part of his life.
Since Kizito has returned and has joined our tenth grade, he’s been challenged in his classes and continues to work hard to reclaim his top spot. He’s also hopeful to help start a drama and music group at the high school level next year since he enjoyed participating in the group so much in primary school.
Kizito still hopes to become president of Kenya one day—he even has a plan for how he’ll achieve it. He’s working hard in class now to be eligible for a scholarship so he can attend University. After University, he’ll return to Makutano and run for council. After council, he’ll seek a county representative position to gain the skills and qualifications he needs, and then he’ll continue to work his way up the government ladder.
We’re so proud of the young man Kizito has become and look to be casting our vote for him as president sooner than we can imagine!