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Augustana Alum Up for "Hero of the Year"

Nelly Cheboi is one of the 2022 Top 10 CNN Heroes.
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Nelly Cheboi is one of the 2022 Top 10 CNN Heroes.

There is only one day left to vote for CNN's Hero of the Year.

On the list includes Augie Alum, Nelly Cheboi, co-founder of "Tech-Lit Africa." It collects and ships donated computers from the US to rural Kenyan schools.
Cheboi says the computers are used by students to learn how to code and build websites.

"So I started TechLit Africa because I saw the potential you could get with technology so I was thinking about teaching people in rural Kenya, teaching them digital skills, enough for them to work remotely all over the world."

Ten contestants are up to win $100,000 as CNN's Hero of the Year. She'd spend the money on living wages for the staff of TechLit Africa who currently volunteer.

Cheboi says the contest publicity has increased computer and cash donations for shipping, but also gave her a boost of confidence.

"As an entrepreneur you go through a lot of "No's,' rejection, self doubt. For so long I was doing TechLit Africa, I wasn't getting any kind of traction or getting support needed to make this happen. It was really hard, but then to get that kind of recognition, I realized like it actually takes a lot of 'No's' it takes a lot of just showing up and doing all you could, because the 'Yes's' are really wonderful."

Nelly is 29-years-old and is also on 2022 Forbe's "30 Under 30" in the Social Impact category. Her co-founder is Tyler Cinnamon.
The deadline to vote for CNN Hero of the Year is Tuesday, November 6th, at 10:00 PM CST. The website to vote is CNNHeroes.com.

Susanna Kemerling is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2022 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated from Northern Illinois University for Media Studies in Communication and spent the last year working as a Teaching Assistant through the graduate program at NIU.