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CNN Hero of the Year Gives Mini-Lecture at Augustana

Nelly Cheboi giving a mini-lecture in the Peter J. Lindberg Center
Nelly Cheboi giving a mini-lecture in the Peter J. Lindberg Center

An Augustana graduate and CNN's 2022 Hero of the Year gave a mini-lecture on campus today for students and the public.

After winning $100,000 to expand her work, Nelly Cheboi says she wants to bring more computers to schools in Kenya.

"Our goal this year is to partner with 100 schools, and that is going to be about 50,000 students. Like there's a lot of, like 100 schools all over the country. And so, I think winning this has really helped with the sentiment in the nation. People understand what we do and actually are willing to listen to us and agree to have partnerships with us."

When Cheboi was a student at Augustana, she would ask herself what she would do if she had 1 million dollars. The answer was always the same: donate that money to a nonprofit that fought poverty. So she decided, why not start her own nonprofit?

Cheboi says starting TechLit Africa and winning Hero of the Year gives those in her community hope.

"I was screaming and I'm looking at her like, 'hey mom, we've made it' and she's screaming back at me and then she comes on stage. And even singing that song. What you saw there, it was a manifestation of a promise from a little girl."

Cheboi hopes her work will help people in Kenya find jobs and escape poverty.

If interested in donating, visit https://techlitafrica.org/donate.