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I am the second born of five children. We live with our parents, my father and mother. It is a happy family and our parents do everything they can to keep us going. We all depend on my father's meager income and sometimes it becomes difficult to support my older sister in school.
I have great ambitions of making it in life and I believe I can achieve my greatest goals with a good education. I have always committed to see this pass and the TSF support is the right platform for me and am grateful.
I am the only child of a single mother. She works as a casual laborer and this helps in putting food on our table. Secondary education in Kenya is very expensive and this would require extra source of income which is not available at the moment. We live in the slums of Kibera. This is the largest slum in Kenya and poverty rate is very high. I work hard in school with one ultimate goal, to break the cycle of poverty. They say education is the best way and I believe in this philosophy.
Alexander is the lastborn child in a family of four. All his elder siblings have all dropped out of school in primary level due to lack of school fees. His mother is single and unemployed. She has been ailing and can rarely manage to do manual work to cater for her children. Despite all odds alexander managed to perform very well in his primary level education. He is determined to achieve his goal of becoming a doctor in future. As a doctor, he believes that he will help the poor in the society access medical services. Alexander believes that education is the key to success.
I grew up in the hands of a single mother. We went through several challenges together but we have always managed. In 2014, we faced the most challenging part of the year. My mother was bedridden and I had to take care of her at the same time I had to prepare for the end year national examination. We mostly had to depend on the philanthropy of neighbors and a few relatives to survive. I have embraced this as part of life. I will not let it dim my spirit.
The School Fund has extended an olive branch to me. A chance to redefine my life and come out of this mire.
I come from a family of four, my two siblings, my mother and I. My father left for the countryside after he separated from my mother. This separation left us under the care of my mother. My mother is a hardworking woman and she has inspired me a lot. I owe everything I have achieved in this young life to her. She is my biggest source of hope.
I joined the football team in school and I hope to help my school achieve its highest feat. I work hard in everything I do and I go for the most challenging of experiences to gain more exposure. My philosophy in life is to always strive for the highest attainable glory.
Nzioka is the lastborn child in a family of six. His parents are aged and only depend on subsistence farming to bring up their family. Although Nzioka faced a myriad of challenges in school, including being send home for school levies, he emerged the best student in his school. He aspires to be a doctor in future in order to help the less fortunate students in the society who suffer from various ailments so that they can study comfortably. Nzioka believes that working hard and believing in God makes everything possible.
I am the last born of six children. We used to do well some time back. This suddenly changed when my mother and older sister lost their jobs, thanks to a sudden sickness that struck both of them at the same time. It was so harsh. My older brother was left with a huge burden of taking care of us. Given his level of education, he is not able to secure meaningful employment. Things have been rough since.
One of the major concerns for me is my education. It is one the things I hold so dearly. I want the best for my family and this can only come with someone effecting a change and I believe that person might as well be me. The opportunity to join high school is a big step towards making this dream a reality.
Kwaila is the first-born child in a family of four. His parents separated and the children lives with their father. His family does not own any land and therefore they stay in a one-roomed rented house in the local market. Christopher is a very ambitious boy who wants to be a pilot. He has great fascination for airplanes and has always wondered how they can fly in the sky without falling. He wants to study hard and understand the science of aeronautics. Christopher is also an outgoing boy with good leadership skills. At primary school, he was elected as the president of the student council. As a president, he started inter-class games competitions and this has made their school to shine in games competitions. He has led other students in doing community service work including repairing the road that connects their school and the market. Christopher believes that Education is the best weapon to fight poverty.
Edith is the second born child in a family of four. Despite her humble background, Edith is determined to achieve her goals. Her mother, the only bread winner is unemployed and depends on casual jobs to take care of the family. Her father has been ailing and therefore unable to support the family. Edith dream is to become a neurosurgeon so as to help children and people with brain tumors. She is a keen environmentalist and enjoys planting trees at home and the neighborhood. She has also been doing community service programs including Matter heart run and Bishop Kioko hand walk in her school. Edith believes that the first step towards success is taken when you refuse to be captive of the environment in which you find yourself in.
My parents died when we were so young. My aunt took us in and she has been taking care of us since. She has a big family, plus she is a single mother. Her fish business can only cater for our meals. We have always depended on well-wishers for our education.
I would want to improve the life of my family, especially my aunt's. She has done to us what no other person was willing to do. I am proud of her. The School Fund in partnership with Kenya Education Fund have given me a chance to reciprocate this kind gesture.
I come from a big family. I have nine other siblings. We are all taken care of by my father who at this point is not working/unemployed. My older siblings have attended/still attend not-very-good schools. I was to follow suit until The School Fund came to my rescue. This is a "first" in my family.
This is a common situation in Kibera. I am among the lucky few from financially disadvantaged families to get support from well-wishers.
Ivin's parent's are day laborers and do not make enough money to pay her school fees. She has been able to attend school this far based on donations from a local church. She longs to continue to a higher level in school and to make her parents proud. She currently lives in a one room house with both her parents and her two siblings. She often has to go to school without eating breakfast first. She longs to finish school and improve the prospects for her family.
Mary's mother cooks chapati every day at 6 AM to sell. Sometimes she does not make enough money from selling the chapati and has to also wash clothes. Her mother was able to scrape together enough money for her to finish primary school, but she has always been unable to afford textbooks. Mary's father is jobless. Despite these struggles, Mary dreams of being an accountant one day. It is only through outside financial help that she will be able to finish secondary school and achieve her ambitions.
I come from a family of six. My dad is a black smith while my mum runs a grocery kiosk. I got challenged by the situation at home and made a life commitment to stay focused on my school work. When I did my class 8 exams (K.C.P.E), I was not sure that I would make it to high school due to high fees charged at secondary school. When I got the scholarship opportunity, it gave me hope for pursuing education to became a neuro-surgeon. The program will help change my life and contribute positively to the lives of people who are hopeless in the Kibera community.