Partnering with African schoolsWhile growing up in an African village, Janet Kibarabari Stellway witnessed many of the maladies that are all too typical in Africa, including drought, hunger, disease, death, war and rape. As a young child she was kidnapped (later released), lost her father in tribal conflict and her cousins to sickness and hunger. For lack of school fees Janet attended school irregularly until reaching standard eight when lack of money for food put an end to her formal education. "If someone had told me at that time that one day I would return to school, I would not have believed it. There was just no way."
Yet generous benefactors provided Janet with an opportunity to continue her education—at a university preparation center in Africa and a Bible college in Kenya—and obtain a GED in the States. Janet completed a B.A. degree in social work and international studies in 2006 and has since completed a Masters degree in social work (MSW) and an Education Specialist (EdS) degree. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and currently teaches social work in a university while counseling low-income clients and pursuing assistance projects in her village.
Janet’s experience has convinced her that others, with a little assistance, can overcome obstacles to achieve their plans. Her experience has also sensitized her to the importance of quality education, particularly in the developing world. Refusing to forget the dire educational needs of those she "left behind," Janet has spearheaded the development of a program to assist schools and students in Africa in securing textbooks, building materials and other vital resources.
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