Gladys is the last born in a family of six children. Her┬áfather is eighty-eight years old and has four wives, two┬áof whom he cared for after his brother was killed during┬áthe pre-independence State of Emergency declaration.
Just before Gladys sat her KCPE examination, her┬ámother became gravely ill and the family poured all of┬átheir finances toward restoring her health, leaving Gladys┬áwith no means but to attend the local Kagio Mixed Day┬áSecondary School despite having an exceptional 428┬ámarks.
There she studied alongside students who┬áon average had scored 200 on their KCPE. Due┬áto limited education resources at Kagio, Gladys’┬áperformance dropped significantly and scored a B┬áon KCSE examination. Although this grade was┬ásufficient for her to go to university, she knew she┬áwould not afford college. Fortunately, Gladys┬álearned about ELP, and decided to repeat Form┬á4 with a view of becoming the top student in her┬ádistrict. A year later she emerged the top girl at┬áMutira Girls with a straight A and was selected┬áinto ELP.
Gladys credits ELP with exposing her to┬ácareer and educational opportunities, helping her┬ábecome a responsible citizen and cultivating in her┬áa desire to serve.┬áWith help from ELP, Gladys was among a group of three┬áEquity scholars to conduct a project-based internship at┬áPhilips East Africa in 2014. She has since won fellowship┬áwith the World Youth Alliance and is preparing to travel┬áto Nigeria to participate in a 3-month Voluntary Service┬áOversees (VSO) volunteer program funded by the UK┬ágovernment