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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.



University of Nairobi Chiromo Campus | Nairobi, Kenya | Advancing SDG 1 & UNAI 1


" I want to have the chance of being with like
minded fellows who like me want to trancend
and leave a positive mark. I will forge new
friendships, and expand my connection as well
as being challenged to rise and be
distinguished. In my quest to give back, I will
not be limited to my home area but I will be
challenged to think globally and act locally.
In the future, the training and the experience
will make me stand out and be distinguished,
as I work in a like minded organisation that will
make me leave a mark. That's why I am so excited to be a Millennium Fellow.

As a fellow, I
know I will truly gain and learn, as I emerge
distinguished. I will for sure
rise up and aim to exceed expectations, as by
having someone walk with me in the journey of
ensuring a better tomorrow, I will be offered
wings to fly and be of impact in addressing poverty which is SDG 1 and UNAI 1; and be better poised to tackle my work and challenges in my community well, and surely
this is an opportunity I would not want to miss

As a beneficiary of scholarships for my studies, and having already dropped out of school before the community intervened, through the Ray of Hope Kenya, a church based community outreach program aiming to prevent destitution, I know firsthand that poverty always brings people down. Working on addressing poverty ensure one does not succumb to hunger, lack school fees, lack clothing, shelter and is better placed to succeed in addressing world concerns among others. I mentor and walk with others for through education, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and thus aiming towards a content life. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Ray of Hope Kenya (Rohk)

This is a project that aims to tackle the problem of poverty through education. The project raises funds that are utilised in paying school fees, buying school uniforms and provide food to the beneficiaries.

About the Millennium Fellow

Zacharia Ria Ndungu is a bright, focused and resilient individual who aims to pursue all opportunities for illustriousness. He is currently a fourth year student at the university of Nairobi, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Actuarial science. He prides in giving back to the community through mentorship, tutoring and volunteer work.

His most recent engagement has been with the Ray of Hope Kenya, a church based organisation that aims to prevent destitution through education, feeding fellowship, mentorship and spiritual nourishment. As a beneficiary of the program, Zacharia hopes to impact even more people who are in the program hoping they will benefit the way he did.

He also mentors high school students who are in the MasterCard Wings to Fly program through the Equity Group Foundation. As an Equity Leaders Program fellow, he prides in using all means in addressing poverty as lack of funding had made him drop out of school already, before Light Academy, his former high school intervined and offered Zacharia a full scholarship. He did his best and emerged among the best five students countrywide with a perfect score.

In his free time, Zacharia loves to read novels, work on online courses on platforms such as Pluralsight, his most recent engagement being preparing to be an associate cloud engineer, socialising with friends, cooking or playing video games such as FIFA. He is friendly, articulate and fun to be with especially in all things books. He hopes to be an Actuary, from his specialisation of BSc Actuarial Science from the university of Nairobi.

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