Austine Odera was born 19 years ago in Seka Kagwa village in Rachuonyo North Sub –County, Homa Bay County. He is the second born son in a family of four children. Austine is a partial orphan since his father has died and he is under care of his mother Gladys Akinyi who is a small scale farmer in the village.

In 2011, Austine was selected among other scholars for the TOD (“Strengthening the House of Nanny”) Program after meeting the set criteria set by the project committee for support in secondary school. He joined Karabondi Bidii Secondary School in form one and maintained good performance which made him excel in his final forth form exams in 2014.

Austine managed to score B (plain) in his final KCSE exams in 2014 and got admission to Maseno University for a Bachalor of Arts (Business Studies with IT). He is currently a first year second semester student. He is promising to work hard in university so that he can also help other deserving children in the community.

During holidays, he is always involved in mentoring fellow students who are still in school especially his fellow scholars. Austin intends be become an expert in business management and thereby uplift not only his families economic status but also the status of the community. Austin has been of great inspiration to not only his fellow scholars but also to other youth within his community. He has instilled in them a sense of hope and determination.

I thank my sponsors for making me be in school all the time, I also promise to pay back in the future by helping other fellow children who are also needy in the community”. Said Austine.