Catherine’s Story

From Kenya to Australia and Back Again 

by Catherine Methu, Best Foot Forward Ambassador

Catherine Methu

Catherine today with BFF Supporters

The most vulnerable feeling that stands out for me from my schooling days is when the Principal used to hand pick the few students who had not paid their school fees for the term. I always made it on the list. To be told to go home and be denied access to education was saddening and embarrassing as I knew my parents did not have the money. I was 21 when I arrived in Australia with $60 in my wallet. I was feeling very vulnerable being away from my family in a new country, a new culture and not knowing a single person! But looking at the struggles I had left behind, nothing could distract me. I had to breath and take a big leap of faith that all was going to work out well for me despite the challenges I faced. Education was the only thing I had in mind. It was my currency at the time and it still is. This gave me a purpose and Australia gave me a reason to dream. Putting my best foot forward one step at a time, doors opened and I graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting. I could never forget where I came from, I couldn’t ignore the challenges I had left behind and I knew at the back of my mind that education was the only thing that was going to set us all free - a tool to empower young girls and women. I never gave up!
The statement “give someone a fish and you feed them for a day; teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime” which I had heard a lot, began to make a lot of sense to me. And educating women has many benefits. For me, I worked hard and eventually helped my siblings and cousin to get the education they rightfully deserved and to also build a future for themselves.
At High School

At High School

Following my studies, I went back to my home country (Kenya) and started a school in my town where I grew up. I wanted to give back to my community and the best way I knew was to give more people access to education. Every girl in this school reminds me of me and my struggles.
My school is Called BEN (Be Educated Now) and right now, I have over 100 students attending the school with all of them coming from very poor households. We have an education program, feeding program and we provide transport to help those children who live a long way away.
I believe there is a need to empower young girls and I use education as a means to uplift and set their path and put my best foot forward for these young individuals.
When the Best Foot Forward team approached me and asked me to be an ambassador, I couldn’t say no. 
I jumped on board because I know of the great work they are doing with their purpose being to support the education of the most vulnerable.
Empowering others is not an easy task. It's not a job for one individual or one organisation. But, if we all put our best foot forward, we will begin to tackle and uplift those who really need it the most.
Let’s not put these girls in the same situation and support the Best Foot Forward initiative to liberate the lives of women and girls through education!
In Her Younger Years

Catherine in her younger years

Last Days before Coming to Australia

Last Days before Coming to Australia

After Finishing Her Studies

After Finishing Her Studies

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