Tom Nyakaba has risen to become an inspiration to people having beaten all the odds to be a respectable member of the society.
He grew up in abject poverty, and lived in a grass-hatched house alongside his siblings and their mother.
Over the years, Nyakaba has grown to achieve his dreams which include building a beautiful home at his village.
Here is his story as told by WoK.
Nyakaba is a clinical ophthalmologist.
Having grown up in a humble background, he attributes his success to God and hard work.
“I used to sleep in a grass-thatched house with my brothers and to be here is humbling. Above all, I give glory to God
“Also, having been brought up by a single parent, I wanted to make my mother proud of her hard work,” he added,” he said.
Thanks to his hard work and determination, he has been able to build a house in his village in Nyamira County.
Speaking in a recent interview, Nyakaba noted that he built the house his savings and a SACCO loan.
“I took a SACCO loan and added my savings to do my dream house. It finally cost me around Ksh 6 million,” he said.
On sharing his story, he notes that he wants to inspire young people to work hard in order to fulfill their dreams.
“I did this house to show the young people that witchcraft is a fallacy and no one can kill anyone for doing a good house
“Some of the guys from my village fear doing great houses because of witchcraft, the narrative I wanted to change,” Nyakaba added.
Elsewhere, Nnali Mariam Sarah, a philanthropist and YouTube content creator from Uganda built a school and houses for the poor in her community.
Sarah said that it was her experience growing up that inspired her to participate in philanthropic works.
“For me when I seek the sponsors, I feel like it’s a prayer for my mom because she wanted it for us but it’s now for the kids and the grandmas and grandpas in this community,” she said.
Sarah saved some money and returned to Uganda where she first built a house and started a business for her mother.
She also bought land where she later built a school for the less privileged children in her community.
By the time she returned from Dubai, she was running a YouTube channel where she documents her philanthropy work.
With time, she started getting inquiries from her subscribers on how to offer monetary support for her projects.
One of such is classrooms that she built using money contributed by a section of her subscribers from different parts of the world.
“My subscribers built the school because during the lockdown, I was teaching them from an open space. I was just vlogging and then one person at a time came offering basics such as blackboards,” Sarah said.