Carolyne Nyambura Ng’ang’a | 2016 - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

A REDSpice, Carolyne Nyambura Ng’ang’a is a Confident, self driven, ambitious, innovative young woman. A cancer survivor, a mentor and a motivational speaker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Economics. She is a mother of one. She is a leader in her own rights. In 2013, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She underwent treatment after which she went to recuperate in her parents’ home back in the village where she grew up. While there, she felt the urge to be a source of hope to the backyard of society in Kenyan. A rural society who rarely get access to information hence stigmatizing those battling especially gynecologic cancer as well as sexual and reproductive health issues. In August 2013, she quit her then job of youth empowerment through a USAID funded program and founded a movement HELD Sister Initiative which has now grown to an NGO HELD Sister Foundation.

The organization under the leadership of Carolyne currently prides in; recruiting 15 full time volunteers and many part time volunteers, donated sanitary towels, underwear’s and soap to 1200 needy girls. Mobilized the public to visit Cancer patients in Kenyatta National Hospital and hospices, held 3 successful gala dinners in honor of the hospice patients, partnered with different health care providers to screen 4,000 women from 7 counties for cervical and breast cancer, sponsor 13 patients for cancer treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital, walked with 250 cancer patients and their family offer psycho-social support as they battle with cancer. Carolyne’s work was recognized in March 2014 during the international women’s day by Eco Bank Africa and she was nominated to be the Kenyan nominee for the award “Women Inspiring Change in Africa.” God, compassion and her desire to make a difference in other people’s lives is her greatest motivation.