Nelly Cheboi, a software engineer based in Kenya and the US, is one of the ten individuals shortlisted for the 2022 CNN Hero of the Year Award.
This award honors persons from across the world who are positively impacting the society through small acts of kindness.
Techlit Africa, which is Cheboi’s foundation has been celebrated for recycling old computers and using them to make technology labs in schools in rural Kenya.
The other shortlisted individuals are: Carie Broecker (Peace of Mind Dog Rescue), Richard Casper (CreatiVets), Nora El-Khouri Spencer (Hope Renovations), Tyrique Glasgow (Young Chances Foundation), Teresa Gray (Mobile Medics International), Meymuna Hussein-Cattan (The Tiyya Foundation), Aidan Reilly (The Farmlink Project), Debra Vines (The Answer Inc.) and Bobby Wilson (Metro Atlanta Urban Farm).
The ten will each get $10,000 prize which is approximately Ksh 1.2 million before the CNN Hero of the Year is announced on December 11. This will be after voting is completed on December 6.
The voting can be done on CNNheroes.com where voters will be eligible to 10 votes daily y until the deadline.
The CNN Hero of the Year will be unveiled live during “CNN Heroes:An All-Star Tribute.” It will be hosted by Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa on December 11, from 8pm E.T.
The Hero of the Year 2022 will receive $100,000 which is about Ksh12.2 million. They will also receive organizational and capacity-building support from The Elevate Prize Foundation.
They will also get a chance to participate in the foundation’s annual Make Good Famous Summit in Miami.
BY CHRISTINE OMONDI