Help pours in for girl who nearly took her life for lack of fees

A 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidate, who was almost committing suicide after her mother failed to raise her Form One fees, can now join school after a Good Samaritan, Ruth Mumbi highlighted her pride on social media.

In addition to lacking school fees, Grace Akinyi and her family had been locked out of their house over rent arrears and after scoring 379 marks, she could not join Sigoti Girls in Nyakach, Kisumu County.

Akinyi could not believe her dream to proceed to secondary education and most of her friends who she had studied with mocked and started laughing at her because of a situation she had no control over making her think of committing suicide.

A friend to the family has been hosting her, her mother and her other siblings in Soweto Slums in Kayole estate, Nairobi, but had been overwhelmed by the unintended responsibility for over a month.

Attention! Attention! I have just received a distress call from Soweto Kayole, of a young girl who almost committed suicide coz of the frustration of being not able to enroll in high school,but was saved by the community. Awino Grace Akinyi sat for her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education last year. Akinyi passed well scored 379 marks out of 500. She is unable to join High School because she lacks school fees. The mother Marlin Awino Bunde is struggling to pay her rent, which have also rendered them homeless. Awino is appealing to well wishers to support her achieve her dreams. She has been enrolled to join Sigoti girls,” she posted on Wednesday.

Following Mumbi’s post, several well-wishers, including Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko’s wife and ODM Director of Communications Philip Etale intervened to ensure her dreams are not shattered.

Through Nairobi County Executive Committee member Janet Akinyi, Sonko’s wife offered Akinyi a four-year scholarship while Etale contributed Ksh 20,000 that will go into purchasing her school uniforms.

In addition, Etale cleared the family’s rent arrears and also bought her  pens and pencils as well as a Holy Bible for spiritual nourishment.

“…I have made my donation as promised, bought pens and pencils and above all, the Holy Bible for spiritual nourishment. I also paid their rent arrears after the landlord locked them out a month ago. They have been a burden to a friend who has been accommodating them for the past one month. IN EVERYTHING, GIVE THANKS TO GOD,” he wrote on Facebook.

READ: Laura Walubengo back at Capital FM

Several other well wishers also sent their contributions to her mother’s cell phone number.

A good number of students who performed well in the 2017 KCPE exams have come out to make public appeals for financial aid to help clear the semi-subsidised fees with a number being turned away for not clearing first term fees.

Latest

Firms Announce Merger Deal to Expand Services

Dalberg Implement, a leader in on-the-ground program implementation with vast expertise in strategy execution, and Axum, an Afrocentric impact firm dedicated to fostering inclusive growth across the Global South, have announced a merger.

Odibets Launches Mega Water Project In Makueni

Odi Mtaani Foundation by online betting company Odibets, in...

Ivon Priscar Living Kenya’s e-Commerce Dream in Grocery Shopping

As Kenya's informal sector continues to thrive, companies like Kapu serve as catalysts for economic empowerment and resilience.

Rose Ntong’ondu: Popcorn Hawker Who Owns a Multi-Million Beauty Empire

Rose Ntong'ondu, founder of Makeup by Rose, is a Kenyan-based makeup artist, teacher, mentor, and beauty entrepreneur.

Follow Us

Newsletter

Don't miss

Throwing The Girls Into Deep End: Single Kiasi S3 First Look

Nairobi’s dating scene is about to get messy: Single Kiasi...

Win New Year Crossover Mugithi Tickets With Odibets

The event has attracted prominent Kikuyu musicians who will be headlining the event including Samidoh and Muigai wa Njoroge.

For Coloured Girls is Theatre Production of the Year

The play ‘For Coloured Girls (who have considered suicide/ when...

Tusker Oktobafest Rolls East African Cultures into One

From regional events across Kenya to inaugural gatherings in Uganda and Tanzania, and the Tusker Oktobafest grand finale in Nairobi, the festival harmonized traditions, celebrated diversity, and highlighted the rich cultural tapestry of the East African culture

Lupita’s Little Brother Junior Nyong’o Charting His Own Path in Acting

Junior Nyongó, who is also a musician and a DJ and now a graduate of UC San Diego with an MFA in Acting, is crafting his own solid path in the world of acting with roles in major theatre productions.

Safaricom To Power Tusker OktobaFest Beer Festival

Safaricom’s involvement in OktobaFest as a technology and payments partner will focus on fostering seamless in-festival connectivity, empowering the youth and Gen Z community through Safaricom Hook, and powering digital payments through M-PESA.

Music Producers Launch Organization To Streamline Recording Industry

Recording Industry of Kenya (RIKE) was launched on 9th October 2023. Registered in 2022 as a not-for-profit organization, RIKE aims to promote the collective interests of producers of sound recordings in the country.

Nairobi’s Hero Bar Listed Among World’s 50 Best Bars

World Best Bars: Hero Bar in Nairobi continues to climb the list, moving up six places to No.62 and Johannesburg’s Sin + Tax comes in at No.94. Dubai new entry Ergo is at No.69 and Melbourne’s Byrdi has re-entered the list at No.61.

Kenyan DJs Face Off In Smirnoff Battle Of The Beats Season 3

The Smirnoff Battle of the Beats Season 3, a DJ competition, is poised to unleash an unprecedented musical frenzy countrywide.

The Highs And Lows Of Betty Kyallo, Sisters Show As Season 2 Ends

Kyallo Kulture has always been, above all, about sisterhood, and in Season 2 we have witnessed the charm of it - the ups that gave us wholesome moments as the sisters led by Betty Kyallo spent time together.
JOSEPH SOSI
JOSEPH SOSI
Joseph Sosi is a reporter with Business Today. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Technology) degree from Maseno University. Previously, he was a sub-editor of Ureport and social media administrator at The Standard Group. He is passionate about politics, education and technology.

Firms Announce Merger Deal to Expand Services

Dalberg Implement, a leader in on-the-ground program implementation with vast expertise in strategy execution, and Axum, an Afrocentric impact firm dedicated to fostering inclusive growth across the Global South, have announced a merger.

Odibets Launches Mega Water Project In Makueni

Odi Mtaani Foundation by online betting company Odibets, in collaboration with the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB), have launched a multi-million water project...

Ivon Priscar Living Kenya’s e-Commerce Dream in Grocery Shopping

As Kenya's informal sector continues to thrive, companies like Kapu serve as catalysts for economic empowerment and resilience.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here