By CGN Reporter
At least 34 students from poor and vulnerable families in Kakamega County have received full scholarship for their secondary education for the year 2019.
The students are set to join national and extra county schools.
The scholarship program dubbed ‘Eagles to Fly’ is from the Affirmative Action fund in the office of the County woman MP, Elsie Muhanda.
A total of 24 out of the 34 students will receive full scholarship from the Affirmative Action fund to a tune of Sh1.5 for the year 2019. Two students were picked from each of the 12 sub counties of Kakamega.
And another lot of 10 students, is being independently sponsored by the County MP to pursue their secondary education.
The program will cost at least Sh10million for the four years the 34 students will be undertaking their studies.
Some of the beneficiaries of the program is Joan Grace Inyangala who scored 406 marks in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) at Masaba primary school in Butere Sub County.
Inyangala is set to join Pangani Girls High School and was supposed to have Sh53,554 on the opening day. She was raised in a poor family and the mother is ailing.
“My parents are unemployed and only do menial jobs to put food on the table. Throughout my studies, I could go to school on an empty stomach so that I can get good results that can take me to secondary school so as my dream of studying medicine can be a reality,” said Inyangala.
Inyangala said she visited Marama South MCA Willis Opuka who took her to the Ms Muhanda, Kakamega Women Representative who has enrolled me to the affirmative action program.
“My MCA and the community have contributed Sh40,000 to cater for my shopping, school uniforms and pocket money. I promise to work hard to uplift my family in future,” said Inyangala.
Inyangala’s father, Joash Onyango, thanked the County MP and the MCA for offering to educate her only daughter.
In Muranda village, Shinyalu sub county, Marvin Mutongoi who is blind is aged 14 years old and scored 378 marks in KCPE at Kibos School for the Visually Impaired.
Mutongoi is set to join Thika School for the Blind and her tuition fee has been paid fully for four years. The student and his other two siblings are blind and their mother died early this year. The father is jobless.
His elder sister, Faith Nasiali, is in Form Two at Thika School for the blind and her tuition fee is being taken care of by the Woman MP and other well-wishers whereas their younger brother, also blind, is in standard three at Kibos School for the visually impaired.
His father, Pascal Nasiali thanked the women rep for coming to his aid. “My wife died early this year and left me with three blind children to look after. My son can now pursue his dream of becoming an engineer despite his condition,”
Laura Awinja aged 13 years who was a street girl in the streets of Kakamega town scored 349 marks in KCPE. She was being educated at Mukumu Childrens Home after she was rescued from the streets.
Awinja will now join Kaimosi Girls High School in Vihiga County.
“Life in the streets was not easy. Most of the times I used to get my food from the dustbins in town and from well-wishers. When Mukumu Childrens home heard my case and took me as one of their own, I decided to work hard so as to make my dream of becoming a medical doctor come true,” said Awinja.
Kakamega Woman MP, Ms Muhanda, said she will ensure that the students go to the respective schools they received calling letters from and asked the government to increase funding to the program so that many needy students can be helped.
She said they received many cases but we could manage to help them all. “We received over 2000 cases but we managed only 34 as the funding we receive from the national government is skewed. If the funding can be increased, we will help many students. MPs should also help by giving out bursaries,”
“The students we targeted were those from poor and vulnerable families that posted exemplary performance in KCPE. We also gave first priority to those who had disability cases,” said Muhanda.
She appealed to well-wishers and Kenyans of good will to ensure needy students go to school in a bid to reduce illiteracy levels in the country.