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Stories of our students in Kenya

In the heart of the Mathare slum, our Nairobi International School is home to 200 students of 9 different nationalities. Get to know them here, each with their own unique story.

  • I am ready for a million more new discoveries, and I am grateful to be able to share them with my School and classmates.

    ?im Regina, a student at Still I Rise International School Nairobi

    I came here with my family as a refugee from Sudan, my home country. During summer camp on the Kenyan coast in 2023, I was speechless in front of the sea. I rolled in the sand and ran into the water, telling my teacher that it was the first time I had seen the ocean, an amazing experience. Whenever we students are amazed and discover something new, we feel that we are on the right track.

  • My favorite thing about Still I Rise? It prepares me for the future, not just exams.

    I am Mohamed, but my friends call me Momo.

    I am 12 years old and was born in Kenya to Ethiopian parents. Growing up in Nairobi with my six siblings, I sporadically attended school where classes did not capture my curiosity. When I arrived at Still I Rise International School instead, I discovered a world of opportunities beyond traditional classes. Every student can choose from many activities, because education here embraces life at 360 degrees. I discovered myself to be an extraordinary dancer and am now the best in the school’s Dance Club.

  • Just before boarding the plane to Italy, I asked Momo to pinch me to make sure I wasn't dreaming. It was reality!

    I'm Doris, and I love dancing and acting!

    My arrival here was a turning point, I was bullied for years because of a skin problem, and the School paid the medical bills to fix it. I regained my confidence and my smile. Now I am an outgoing, intelligent, sensitive, dynamic student who is passionate about dancing and acting. I dream of working in show business and the opportunity to perform in Italy with Momo was an immense joy, this also fulfilled my mother’s dream of introducing her children to the world.

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