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Volunteer Media and Communication
My name is Sharon Andeso Omani. I am twenty-six years old. I joined Society Empowerment Projects in 2019 for an internship program after graduating from Moi University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication.
While joining the organization I had an aim of understanding how the entire organization works and shied away from restricting myself to one specific department. Since the start of my internship, I have felt like this is the place I need to be because I am passionate about Women’s Empowerment and also love sports.
The first days of my training entailed photo and videography of SEP’s projects and social media management making sure that they have quality content to improve their visibility and interaction with donors and the society as a whole. With time I have been able to engage in other departments of the organization, especially the reproductive health branch. Here we focus a lot on menstrual hygiene and how we can empower girls and women to stay in school and in their places of work during that difficult time of the month.
The internship has caused me to rethink my educational goals.
Initially, I had planned to further studies on communication but am now thinking about pursuing Gender Studies. I can in the future use my photography and communication skills to make issues concerning and affecting girls and women such as inequality and sexual violence visible.
I am fortunate enough to work under the direct mentorship of the Director of the Society Empowerment Project Mr Festus Juma. This means that I will take back with me more experience than I had imagined. Society Empowerment Project is not only providing me with educational experience but also nurturing and empowering me to become a responsible member of society. My internship has been one of the most fruitful experiences I have had in my life which is why am still here even after the twelve-month I originally applied for elapsed.