Philbert Kiziah, a former Moi University student leader and current Regional Representative of the Commonwealth Youth Council for Africa and Europe is among young world leaders who met Queen Elizabeth at the Marlborough Palace during the ongoing Commonwealth Day celebrations.
Kiziah, then a Bachelor of Business Management (Finance & Accounting) student at Moi University, founded “Sponsor-A-Child Kenya”, an initiative which he used to put more disadvantaged kids in the North Rift region to pre-school by connecting these kids, mostly from poor backgrounds, with sponsors and well-wishers; and donating books and other learning materials.
Rather than begin with big donors, he convinced his fellow undergraduate students at the Eldoret based institution to ‘give back to the society’ by spending part of the government grant – HELB money – to sponsor one child from around the university to get to kindergarten.
For his noble work, he was recognized in 2012 by Kenya Power which sponsored him to an international conference bringing together young social entrepreneurs and leaders around the world to Pittsburgh, USA.
Since then, he has risen to his current ambassadorial position in the Commonwealth with new impetus to push for the education of children and fight child hunger.
Asked whether he has ever met President Uhuru, the jovial youth Â admits he hasn’t but adds he is very close.
“I’ll meet President Kenyatta. I have met senior officials in his government and I’m hopeful I’ll get my chance to share with our president my inner thoughts on youth issues in our country,” he says.
Kiziah is listed on the Moi University website as among the institution’s top achieving alumni, alongside media household names like Alex Chamwada, Mohammed Ali among others.
Posted by Dikembe Disembe