Interview with Stacey Sang - Peperuka Scholar
Updated: Sep 30
Kianda School provides scholarships to gifted students through the Kianda School Scholarship Scheme, Peperuka. Through the Scheme the school is able to provide opportunities for many disadvantaged girls. We caught up with one of the Peperuka Scholars, Stacey Sang, class of 2016, currently in her 4th year at Strathmore University where she studies Financial Economics. In 2011, Stacy was in an accident which rendered her a bilateral amputee but this did not stop her from working hard and striving to achieve her goals.
How did you attain the Peperuka Scholarship?
When I completed my KCPE exams, I wanted to attend Kianda School because of the school’s academic performance so I applied. My parents later heard about the Peperuka scholarship from one of their friend’s. She believed it was an amazing opportunity for me. I applied for the scholarship and when I received the news that I had received it, my family and I were over the moon. I was also glad that I was able to relieve some financial burden from my parents who have always supported and encouraged me.
Tell us about your Kianda tenure
I can describe Kianda using three words: holistic education, family environment and academic excellence. That in a nutshell describes my time in Kianda. I was able to receive spiritual growth which taught me how to prioritize God through ways such as prayer and fasting. I formed values and virtues that have made me a better person in life. I was grateful we had a mentor available who would offer academic and personal support.
Do you apply any aspects of the formation you received?
Definitely. My experience in Kianda taught me the importance of hard work, self-discipline, integrity, interpersonal skills and personal branding which I use every day. This has helped me not only in my day to day life and in my studies, but through these values, I got a chance to work alongside the student council at Strathmore University particularly the senate and vice president of the student council. Kianda has really opened doors for me.
Who are some of the persons you remember from Kianda?
I remember most people in Kianda but two of them really made an impact in my life: Miss Odera, The Principal, and my mentor Miss Atonga. I admired how they carried themselves with modesty and dignity. One phrase we often said was ‘strive to be women of dignity’ and Miss Odera and Miss Atonga really lived up to this and they inspired me to do the same.
What advice do you have for current students?
Make the most out of your experience in Kianda. Do not hold back and take advantage of all the opportunities. Do not let the pressure of studying get to you. Join clubs, participate in sports activities, and socialize.
What are your future plans after graduation?
I want to make a financial impact in the world. Currently, I am studying Financial Economics in Strathmore University. During my industrial attachment, I worked in a financial organization and knew I have chosen the right career for myself. I would like to get my masters and later work in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or The World Bank. I am really grateful for the opportunity to study in Kianda School and particularly to receive a scholarship. The Peperuka scholarship is very helpful and I encourage more people to contribute to the fund and help other girls like me and touch lives.
Please consider supporting Peperuka. The Kianda School Peperuka Marathon is taking place on the 27th of November, 2021. Proceeds of the marathon will go towards giving even more deserving girls a place at Kianda School.
This article first featured on Kianda School website. Special thanks to Stacy Sang and the Kianda School Communication Team.