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US -based Kenyan woman nominated for CNN’s 2022 Hero of the Year Award



By Wanja Waweru

Nelly Cheboi, a US-based Kenyan software engineer has been shortlisted for the 2022 CNN Hero of the Year Award.

The award acknowledges people from all over the world who are making a positive influence on society through little acts of kindness.

Cheboi’s Techlit Africa nonprofit has received praise for reusing outdated PCs to build technology laboratories in remote Kenyan schools.

US-based Kenyan software engineer Nelly Cheboi has been shortlisted for the 2022 CNN Hero of the Year Award, which honors individuals from across the world who are making a positive impact on society through small acts of kindness.

Cheboi’s foundation Techlit Africa has been lauded for recycling old computers and using them to create technology labs across schools in rural Kenya.

She was shortlisted alongside nine others including 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).

Before the 2022 CNN Hero of the Year is revealed on December 11th, each of the 10 awardees will get a $10,000 prize (about Sh1.2 million).

On, where voting runs through December 6th, voters can choose their favorite hero with a daily vote limit of 10.

A cash award of $100,000 will be given to the Hero of the Year (Sh12.2 million).

CNN said: “All of the honorees will receive a grant along with organizational and capacity-building support from The Elevate Prize Foundation. They will also participate in the foundation’s annual Make Good Famous Summit in Miami.”

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