2013 is the year when I first became acquainted with the Camara Organization. At that time, I was working with another organization which was dealing with only youths here in Mombasa. I was

Changez Ndzai with colleagues from Dell

Changez Ndzai with colleagues from Dell

working as head of the environmental department as well as the computer packages trainer. My love for I.T. and a strong desire to give something back to my community, led me to discovering Camara Education. I remember very well one afternoon, after a brief meeting with the management, the organization discussed their strong aspirations to update our resource centre, which was comprised of a library and a computer lab. Such an upgrade would provide higher quality services to the youths in the community.

The organization’s adviser whom also happened to be a good friend of mine, suggested that I visit Camara Education, as our computer lab was not sufficient enough to

meet the demand of the users. Two days later, we visited Camara offices in Mombasa and we met the then Africa Operations Manager for Camara, Philip McAllister. Camara helped supply us with new equipment as well as providing training services to our staff. I felt inspired during my time there and decided to apply for the training on ”hardware/software maintenance and networking” so as to update my skill-set and knowledge on Information Technology, since I had studied the same field back in college.

I joined other students in this special training and in comparing it with the studies I took in college, it was far more informative and practical, and it really helped develop my ICT skills. After three months in class, I graduated and was lucky enough to secure some practical experience in the Camara hub which helped me develop into a fully equipped IT specialist. While I was attending my training at Camara, I was still working with my former organization but my contract was coming to the end of its term. I had long dreamt of working in the technology sector where I could really put my skills to the test while doing something that is passionate.

Changez overseeing operations in the server room in the Kenya hub

Changez overseeing operations in the server room in the Kenya hub

One of the policy’s here at Camara Kenya is, as long as someone passes through the training cycle, he/she automatically joins the Camara family and is named a Camara volunteer. After leaving my old working organisation, I decided to continue volunteering at Camara to gain more experience in the ICT sector. With a lot of hard work and after developing sufficient enough experience, I joined the sales and marketing department as a Vetting Officer. I must thank Philip and all the Camara staff for their support throughout the year and helping me to adapt to the system so easily. as I joined them on meeting the Camara goals.

Since then, Camara has been connecting me with people from various organization across the globe, including Dell, UNESCO, World Vision and many other institution in which Camara as organization has been working with as well as travelling across the entire country on field-work missions something which has been giving much exposure and meeting my desire to work for the community. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with Camara and make a difference in a child’s education here. Camara is creating a brighter future for Kenya and I am happy to play a part in it.