It is one of the oldest young womenâs associations in Kenya, and since its inception in 1920, it has helped shape and influence the lives of millions of girls across the country, writes NELLY OBADHA
Nina Abira, 28, has been a volunteer member with Girl Guides Association for 20 years.
When did you join the Girl Guides movement?
I joined KGGA (Kenya Girl Guides Association) in 1991 as a brownie. It was all out of curiosity. When I was eight years old, I noticed that all the girls in the estate would disappear and I was left alone to play with the boys on Saturday afternoons.
One of my friends asked their wise bird (brownie teacher) if I could join their unit, even though I was from a different school. She agreed, and thatâs how I became a brownie. Later, I was transferred to Westlands Primary School and I became a girl guide.
What got you interested in joining organisation?
At first, I liked being a Girl Guide because of the cool uniform, the marching, the outdoor camping and the lessons they taught us such us first aid and doing good deeds to others without expecting anything in return.
Today, I love being a Girl Guide because of the sisterhood; no matter where I travel to in the world, for as long as I am wearing a Girl Guide scarf or uniform, I will always have a âsisterâ or friend, who will welcome me with a smile and open arms.
What did you study in school?
I hold a Bachelor of Education degree from St Maryâs University of Minnesota (2007), a Diploma in Education from Tangaza College (2006) and a Diploma in Religious Studies from Tangaza College (2006). I am pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the University of Nairobi.
How did you get to the position of Deputy Chief Commissioner?