Lydia works in Business Development and Administration in Kenya. She is looking to develop a career within the humanitarian sector and has already completed 5 courses on Kaya!


Hello Lydia! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My most immediate job was in Business Development and Administration. My job responsibility was mainly to research, identify, and contact organisations that have frequent travel and get them on-board. I was also in charge of procuring materials needed for marketing, debt collection and writing sales reports.

My desire is to transition to international development/humanitarian sector. This is the reason I started taking the online courses offered by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. I want to acquire and upgrade my skills in preparation for my next job in the humanitarian sector.

How did you hear about the e-learning platform Kaya, and how long have you been using it?

It must have been during one of my searches for free online courses for humanitarians. This is my second year of using Kaya,  I have taken 5 courses so far and I am still pursuing more. The content and delivery method is also good. I have completed the following courses: Project Management for Humanitarian and Development Professionals (PMD Pro), Financial Management, Volunteer Essentials Pathway, CALP Cash Voucher Assistance and Introduction to the Core Humanitarian Standard.  I know these courses will lead to great openings in the humanitarian sector.

What did you most enjoy during the courses? What could have been improved?

I enjoy the way the courses are taught and also some courses provide extra material, either a write up or a YouTube video. Also, in the few times that I experienced any challenges, your support team came in handy, they are prompt in responding and helping.

Everyone has a different understanding of the word “humanitarian”. What does being a humanitarian mean to you?

According to me, the word ‘humanitarian’ means offering support to those that are less fortunate, those that are going through a calamity, be it one caused by nature or the political environment. Coming to their rescue by applying several methods, and without prejudice or selecting based on their gender. Being a humanitarian is a calling, it comes from the heart, and one can be a humanitarian without monetary compensation because of the satisfaction it brings when another human is able to have at least the basics in life.

Has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the way you work and/or learn?

Yes. I lost my job. I am now upgrading my skills, other than taking courses on your platform, I am also taking a Data Science course online, to diversify my set of skills and knowledge.

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