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MCOP REUNIONaking hearts smile was the agenda behind the alumni re-union that was held on the 20th of October 2012 for former members of the Community Outreach Club. During the event, some students (current members of COP) were in attendance together with the alumni. They begun with the COP team meeting at Kwetu Home of Peace in the morning, and then headed off to Evergreen for the interactive session between the alumni and the future alumni. Michael Ochola from the Community Outreach Programme office, together with Hazel Jackinda of Alumni Relations office were in attendance.

The purpose of the visiting Kwetu Home of Peace was to spend some time with the kids, have fund and mentor them. For many of the COP alumni, Kwetu was the place where they started and discovered their love for community engagement. They believed that Kwetu was one of the many projects that challenged them to always give back to the community and not to think about themselves. The team engaged the children for a couple of hours with various activities such as playing games and mentoring them. Afterwards in the spirit of COP; “Doing What They Do Best”, the team donated food supplies to the children and left for Evergreen Park, for an afternoon session of interaction.

The session at the Evergreen Park evolved around the wonderful experiences the alumni had as members of COP and lunch. They also encouraged the students that COP impacted their lives in many ways and they had this to share;

Naomi Wangari

“COP helped me discover myself”, as she used to be a quite girl when she started campus, but all that changed due to COP ,as it required one to interact with many people.

Daisy Otom

“COP works, thanks to my COP certificate, I got a job at Somali Aid”.

Sylvia Gathura

“The core function of COP is to touch someone’s life.”

In conclusion COP has changed the lives of the Strathmore Community especially for the Alumni who were members. We can only hope that the COP alumni will continue making a positive impact to the society, even after leaving Strathmore University

By Hazel Jackinda

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