“Education means everything to most children. When I was in primary school, I couldn’t get enough reading materials. Finding books to read was a challenge. I would borrow books from other pupils who could afford them and read around the fire late into the night. I wanted to work hard to join a government funded high school. When my dream came true, I couldn’t afford the school fees. Every new school term I would go back to school crying. No pocket money and no school fees….my father had spent school fees money on his addiction to alcohol and smoking. O how I thank God for my dear mama who did everything to keep me in school! She would come and plead with the head-teacher to allow me to continue to study while she went to look for school fees. I long to see every child access education. Education has opened many doors for me”, writes Lydiah
Rose, a child taking care of younger siblings …..For over 7 years she took care of her siblings after her parents separated and her mother remarried. Her father also disappeared and started another family far away from home. Home alone, she became a bread earner overnight. She still managed to do her KCPE exams while employed as a house help. She was going to school during the day and working in the evening. She enrolled in form one the following year and paid her school fees. Talk about resilience and determination right there!
As things got worse, Rose had to think of ways to earn more money. A cousin found her a job as a house help in Nairobi. The promise of more money didn’t materialize. She found herself on the streets, alone and vulnerable. Her employer has chased her without paying her for her hard work. TKW team met Rose at a police station where a Good Samaritan had taken her. Her relatives couldn’t believe their eyes when Rose arrived with strangers. Yet they were grateful as they welcomed Rose back home.
Jacob, Rose’s paternal uncle said, “As a family we feel ashamed for watching Rose suffer, drop out of school and travel to Nairobi to work as a house help. As a community we have failed for we did nothing to help, blaming her irresponsible father. Today you have opened our eyes, you are strangers and have helped Rose who is not related to you. We will work together to see that Rose is back in school.”
“Thank you so much TKW team. I cannot believe that I will go back to school. At last God has heard the cry of my heart’’, said Rose as she cried for joy. Rose needs school fees and upkeep to join school next year.
Thank you for listening to the genuine cry of children like Javan …somebody, anybody, please be the answer to their cry. You will be making an eternal investment and changing a life forever.
Javan said, “Please, Sponsor me: I need school fees but my mum is unsettled financially and my father is ill.” Javan’s father was working as driver for years and faithfully provided for his family, then he had a mental breakdown. He has not recovered and that threw the family to chaos. Javan had to drop out of school and his mother sent him to his uncle (mother’s brother) who works as a night guard in Nairobi to look for help. Unfortunately his uncle was unable to help and slowly Javan’s hope of going back to school vanished. He started going to the streets to find odd jobs to supplement his uncle’s income. One day he was arrested by city council officials and taken to Bahati government rehab centre where we met him. He agreed to go back home to his mother.
His mum said, “It is humiliating to admit as a parent you are not able to pay for your child’s school fees. Every term I would ring Javan’s teacher to share our challenges. Teachers were kind to Javan and I. This support was priceless but it soon came to an end. Javan had to drop out of school for school fees arrears. Please help him to get back to school”. Javan needs Kshs 12,000/100 pounds per term to keep him in school.
15 year old Irene Wambui says, “I NEED SCHOOL FEES” She is the firstborn in a family of three children. She was attending St. Francis Secondary School in Gilgil where she lives with her family, three hours’ drive from Nairobi. She had scored 301 marks in her KCPE exam that enabled her to join Form 1.
Irene had only stayed on the streets for a week before TKW team rescued her. She shared the difficulties at home and of living on the streets as a girl, “every street boy wanted to be my friend. I really regret running to the streets and now I want to go back home.”
Irene had a fee balance and her parents sent her back to school without any money. The school admin wanted the school fee balance paid before admitting her back to school. She was sent back home but Irene came to the streets to look for help instead of going home.
TKW team took her home and encouraged her parents to present their challenge to the school administration. She was allowed back to school but school fee arrears of Kes 36, 000/= or 300 pounds is still outstanding. Irene aspires to be a doctor and promised to work hard.
TKW team rescued Eric Muturi in 2014 and reunited him with his mum in Kasarani, Nairobi. She worked nearby but had a mental breakdown. She walked away from her son, left him on his own in a rental house with no rent and no food.
Eric is another child who found himself on the streets out of desperation. He now lives with his grandmother but he needs school fees and upkeep. He is sitting for KCPE this year and hoping to join high school in 2017. He will need sponsorship to access further education. This is our child fallen on hard times…