While cleaning other people’s homes shortly before receiving a scholarship to Daraja, Shamsia felt high school felt out of reach.
She was only 14 years old. However, after graduating as the class salutatorian, with a call to study International Relations, the future
was hers to grab.
While studying at the University of Nairobi Shamsia redefined success when President Kenyatta read a speech she had written on the Somali refugee crisis while interning with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Upon graduation she didn’t slow down, representing Marsabit County as a youth advisor for the UNFPA, the branch of the United Nations that deals with sexual and reproductive health.
Today Shamsia is wrapping up a three-year contract as an enumerator with Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority. She
treks with her small team to iso