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Nelly Cheboi, who In 2019, quit your lucrative job as a software engineer in Chicago and start your own business. computer labs for Kenyan schoolchildren, is the 2022 The Sunday Review Hero of the Year.

Online voters selected her from among this year’s Top 10 The Sunday Review Heroes.

Cheboi’s nonprofit, TechLit Africa, has provided thousands of students across rural Kenya with access to donated, upcycled computers — and the A chance for a brighter tomorrow

Cheboi accepted the Award with her mother who “She said” “worked really hard to educate us.” The following are some of the ways to get in touch with each other the Startseite of In her acceptance speech Cheboi, along with her mother, sang onstage a song that had special significance to her when she was growing.

You can also read about the advantages of using The Sunday Review Hero of the YearCheboi receives $100,000 in order to further her career. She will receive $100,000 to expand her work. the Other Top 10 The Sunday Review Heroes Honored at Sunday’s gala all receive a $10,000 cash award and, for the First time additional grant, training, and support for organizations from The Elevate Prize Foundation in a new partnership with The Sunday Review Heroes. Nelly The winner of the Elevate Prize will receive a grant worth $300,000. They’ll also get additional assistance valued at $200,000 for Her nonprofit.

Cheboi, who grew up poor in Mogotio – a Kenyan rural township – explains his story. “I know the pain of poverty,” Cheboi is 29 years old. “I never forgot what it was like with my stomach churning because of hunger at night.”

Cheboi is a dedicated student and received a full-scholarship to Augustana College, Illinois in 2012. Cheboi began her study at the Augustana college in Illinois without any computer experience.

Cheboi’s junior year was markedly different, however, as she took the required programming course. for Her mathematics major.

“When I discovered computer science, I just fell in love with it. I knew that this is something that I wanted to do as my career, and also bring it to my community,” She told The Sunday Review.

Basics computer There was still much to learn. Cheboi recalls practicing touch typing for She had to wait six months for her to be able pass the coding interview. Touch-typing is A talent that is Now a core component of the TechLit curriculum.

“I feel so accomplished seeing kids that are 7 years old touch-typing, knowing that I just learned how to touch-type less than five years ago,” “She said”

Once she had begun working in the Cheboi quickly realized the software industry the You can find out more about it here of What computers were being discarded as companies upgraded technology infrastructure?

“We have kids here (in Kenya) — myself included, back in the day — who don’t even know what a computer is,” “She said”

So, in 2018, she began transporting donated computers back to Kenya — in her personal luggage, handling customs fees and taxes herself.

“At one point, I was bringing 44 computers, and I paid more for the luggage than I did for the air ticket,” “She said”

She co-founded TechLit Africa after quitting her job with another software engineer. The Accepting donations from nonprofits computer Companies, Universities and Individuals can make donations.

The hardware is wiped and refurbished before it’s shipped to Kenya. There, it’s distributed to partner schools in rural communities, where students ages 4 to 12 receive daily classes and frequent opportunities to learn from professionals, gaining skills that will help improve their education and better prepare them for future jobs.

“We have people who own a specific skill coming in and are just inspiring the kids (with) music production, video production, coding, personal branding,” Cheboi said. “They can go from doing a remote class with NASA on education to music production.”

The The organization is currently serving 10 schools. the Cheboi is hoping to have 100 new partners next year.

“My hope is that when the first TechLit kids graduate high school, they’re able to get a job online because they will know how to code, they will know how to do graphic design, they will know how to do marketing,” Cheboi said. “The world is your oyster when you are educated. By bringing the resources, by bringing these skills, we are opening up the world to them.”

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The Sunday Review’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Kelly Ripa co-hosted the The 16th Annual “The Sunday Review Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” This event featured over 12 celebrity hosts.

“We’re so deeply honored to be here,” Sofia Carson, actress and musician. who Performed a song at the Diane Warren Award-winning Songwriter’s Showcase the event. “Diane wrote this incredible anthem ‘Applause’ for those leading, surviving and fighting and tonight we dedicate this song and performance to our heroes.”

Actor Aubrey Plaza introduced The Sunday Review Hero Aidan Reilly, who Launched his nonprofit during the summer after college the Early Months of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“From his pandemic couch, Aidan and his friends co-founded Farmlink Project,” Plaza said. The Nonprofit connects surplus food across the country the US – food that would otherwise be wasted – to those who You need to know. “In just two years, he .. has moved more than 70 million pounds,” Plaza added.

Debra Vines – whose nonprofit The Answer Inc. supports families impacted by autism in underserved communities across Chicago – was honored by actress Holly Robinson Peete, a “fellow autism mom.”

Vines’ group, she says, has helped more than 4,500 families with programming and counseling. “Join me and be a servant for the change today,” Vines’s words when receiving her award.

The Emmy Award-winning Justin Theroux and his rescue Kuma were on the scene. the The stage of honor Carie Broecker ​​and her nonprofit, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue

The 2022 Young Wonders also included two teenagers who have made a positive impact in their community:

Ruby Chitsey started as a teenager from Harrison in Arkansas. “Three Wishes for Ruby’s Residents,” What can you donate to nursing home residents? who couldn’t otherwise afford them.

Sri Nihal Tammana is a 13 year old Edison resident from New Jersey. “Recycle My Battery,” How to dispose of used batteries of the Ecosystem through a Network of collection bins.

The Show also recognized two Georgia pollworkers, Shaye Moss and Ruby Freeman’s mother, who had their lives turned upside-down after false claims that they were involved in fraud election spread through social media.

The Sunday Review is partnering with GoFundMe in order to provide this service. donations to this year’s Top 10 honorees. GoFundMe is the world’s largest fundraising platform that empowers people and charities to give and receive help. Online donations can be made by supporters. the Top 10 The Sunday Review Heroes’ non-profit organizations directly from Subaru is Matching all Donations Up to $50,000 for You can also find out more about us on our website. of this year’s honorees through January 3, 2023.

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