Migori girl reclaims hope of continuing with school

A form two girl whose parents could not afford to keep her in school for lack of school fess will now continue with her education, after a local NGO offered sponsorship.

Yvonne Achieng’ Nyambok, from Ogande Girls High School in Migori County, was contemplating ending her schooling after a rough start in form one for lack of fees.

However, I-Hope Foundation, operating in Migori and Homa bay counties has offered to cater for her education expenses up until form four.

Despite the 15 year old girl from Alendu Sub-location in Nyatike Sub-county sitting for KCPE exam in 2014, she had to wait till 2016 to join secondary school.

Nyambok woes began in 2013 when her father disappeared from their home, never to be seen or heard again.

According to her mother, Dorothy Akeyo Nyambok, she was left to fend for her three children, Achieng’ being the second born, from a meagre income she gets from selling vegetables.

In 2015, when she passed her exams, her elder sister, Brenda Awuor, had also done exemplary well in form four and was to join college, and I could not afford fees for both of them, said the mother.

With father to her children having deserted them, and having no steady source of income, Akeyo sought assistance from the National Government Constituency Development Funds (NG-CDF), County Government Scholarship and the Ward Development kitties to no avail.

This was despite Achieng scoring 369 marks in KCPE and being the best pupil in her zone in 2014. It was until the mother sought help from her daughter’s Primary School Head Teacher, Tom Mwo, that she managed to secure a place for her daughter at Ogande Girl’s High School, a year after she sat for the KCPE.

She was always crying wanting to go to school but I had no means of supporting two children to learn at the same time, Akeyo narrated.

Speaking at St. Joseph’s Alendu Primary School over the weekend, Area Assistant Chief, Peter Jowi Ochanda, said many people in the area live below poverty line making it difficult for them to feed and educate their children.

We have bright children but they are wasted because it reaches a point where they can’t do anything because of scarce resources, Ochanda said.

He said there were many cases like that of Achieng’ who had performed well that and in need of help, instead of wasting their brains in the villages.

The Administrator urged more well-wishers and organizations to come to the rescue of many other children, especially girls to help uplift Nyatike from its current poor state of affairs.

Felix Okinyi Wambogo, who was the first beneficiary of a similar scholarship as a student at Kenya Medical Training College in Homa-Bay, urged students to exercise high levels of discipline to qualify for the programme apart from good performance.

David Maganya, a Director with I-Hope Foundation urged parents to invest in their children’s education for the betterment of their future lives.

After successful completion of their studies, your children will be better placed to take care of you in old age, when you will not be able to do much for yourselves, Maganya said.

Meanwhile, I-Hope Foundation in partnership with a sponsor from Canada has sponsored 10 students through high schools and colleges since its inception in 2013.

Apart from the scholarship programme, the NGO also runs water, sanitation and health initiative and a menstrual hygiene management programme where girls, mostly in high schools, are given sanitary towels and trained in their handling and disposal.

The Foundation also advocates for safe working environments for Artisanal Gold Miners in parts of Nyatike as well as run a tele-medicine programme at Sori Lake side Maternity and Hospital with support from Addis clinic in Boston, United States of America.

Source: Kenya News Agency