kiwanja.net is the fulfilment of a life-long physical and spiritual journey – a passion for technology which began at an early age with the dismantling of old TV’s and radios the chance to play with an early Commodore PET computer, and a later fascination with the world around us, its nature and its people, and my first visit to the African continent in 1993.
Having the opportunity to combine all of my skills and interests, and to share what knowledge I have with people around the world is a job description I could have only dreamed of in the early days. A combination of luck, circumstance, grit, determination and a habit of picking myself up when all else failed somehow got me to where I am today. Passion, drive, commitment and stubborn determination, combined with a strong people-centred approach to everything I do has not only helped shape me as an individual but has steered the direction of my life, created a strong set of values, and brought me to where, and who, I am today.
Before leaving the comfort of island life in Jersey to study anthropology, conservation and development at University, I printed a quotation on a credit card sized piece of plastic, and still carry it around with me today. It quite simply says:
“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again…”
Etienne de Grellet, French poet and missionary (1773-1855)