Remembering a scholar and special friend

By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa

“My dream is to make it in life. I dream of being a woman representative in my community. I want to fight for the rights of all women. I want to write books and inspire people by telling my story.”

This is what Stephanie said to me.

At 19, Stephanie had goals she was working toward. She was pursuing her education as a scholarship student in the Unbound program in Nairobi, Kenya.

Stephanie was full of life, and everyone who came across her felt her warmth, love and respect. Known for her big, bright smile, she was one of a kind.

When she met Unbound’s late co-founder, Bob Hentzen, in 2012 on one of his visits to Nairobi, Stephanie was excited and happy.

“I feel so honored to be in his presence”, she said. “He is humble, and I can feel his love for people.”

Bob and Stephanie bonded, and they spent time talking and getting to know each other.

I remember Bob saying, “I am so impressed by this young girl; she has so much to tell at such a tender age.”

On Feb. 2, after a short illness, Stephanie breathed her last.

Stephanie will be fondly remembered by the Unbound staff here at the Nairobi office. She spent her time at the office as an intern helping to read letters and open parcels.

But her contribution was much greater. She inspired us all with her insightfulness and beautiful spirit.

May she rest in eternal peace.

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