29 year old Nelly Cheboi named CNN hero of the year.
29 year old Nelly Cheboi won herself the CNN hero award yesterday, which equates to 74 Million shillings.
The event went down at the American Museum of Natural History where CNN journalist Anderson Cooper presented the award.
They stated,”The Elevate Prize Foundation includes a USD300,000 (Ksh37 million) grant and additional support worth USD200,000 (Ksh24.6 million) for her nonprofit.”
Cheboi in her gratitude speech, stated that this money will help her fuel the initiative she has of improving technology in her community.
She stated,”Every year, people are graduating into the corporate world without ever using a computer. This forces them to go back to the village with their education.”
“I want to get to 100 schools which translates to 40,000 school-going children. We need to rewrite what it means to grow up in rural Africa because people can work glamorous jobs and still work in your community,” she added.
Cheboi has made headlines months ago, where she used earnings from her software engineering gig, to purchase computers for kids in her community.
Through her company TechLit Africa, she sourced computers from the United States to laboratories in rural schools in Kenya and equip this young minds with a know how of the tech world.