Needy Girl From The Slums Of Kitale Town Cries Out For Financial Support To Join Form One

Education CS Prof George Magoha

  • Christine would have achieved better grades had the family lives been better at home”, Mary John, her class teacher told The Weekly Vision in an interview

  • She sat for her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education at Grasslands Primary School in Trans Nzoia County last year scoring 320 marks despite facing many challenges that affected her studies

By David Musundi 

A needy girl from a shanty settlement in Kitale conquered poverty to excel in her KCPE but has yet to join form one due to the lack of school fees. Christine Atayi Omonde is 16 years and the second-born child in a family of 6 children. She is just one of the many uncountable girls from humble backgrounds in Trans Nzoia County whose lives may be shattered for failing to join secondary schools due to financial difficulties.

The Weekly Vision correspondent caught up with Christine as she was having her lunch made up of beans and maize (Githeri) at the family’s rented house in Matisi location, Saboti in Kitale. She was wondering if poverty had sealed her fate in life while pondering what the future held for her. Her eyes portrayed a girl in desperation even as she reluctantly continued taking her meal as her mother and siblings stared at her. Christine sat for her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education at Grasslands Primary School in Trans Nzoia County last year scoring 320 marks despite facing many challenges that affected her studies.

Christine Atayi is seen here in deep thoughts on what fate holds for her

” She would have achieved better grades had the family lives at home been better”, Mary John, her class teacher told The Weekly Vision in an interview. ” She is hardworking, intelligent and daring to achieve her goal in life no matter what”. The girl had to bear with the little her father who is a Boda Boda motorbike rider’s little earnings from a rented motorcycle, to take care of the family. Mary says that through sheer determination, Christie could walk through the dark corridors of the crime-infested shanty slums each morning to get to school early enough for preps.

” This is a truly hard-working girl from a poor background who has survived in school on meals courtesy of teachers who teamed up to initiate a feeding programme to assist the needy and vulnerable learners for them to concentrate on their studies’’, she said. The school’s headteacher Samson Changarok said it was through the intervention of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) that many of the pupils who come from the neighbouring slums of Point, Kipsongok and Mitume were then enabled to get food through a two-acre farm given to the school to plant maize.

” Many of these children from poor troubled backgrounds can remain in school now because of the food we offer them. We wish to thank the Kenya Research Agricultural and Research Organization for offering the school the two acres of land ”, he told our correspondent in an interview. ” My daughter performed well and secured a chance at St. Teresas’ Bikeke Girls High School but has not reported to the school for almost two weeks now for lack of money”, said Elima Marongo, her mother.

A dejected Mrs Marongo said her husband is struggling to pay school fees for four of Christine’s other siblings including her elder brother in Butere Boys High School in Kakamega County. ” My husband has reached a point where he is completely unable to raise money for school fees for the five children since the motorcycle which he hires cannot generate enough to cater for the family. We have no place to call home and we survive from hand to mouth”, she said as tears rolled down her chicks prompting her daughter, Christine to wail uncontrollably. Marongo’s wish is that she finds well-wishers to enable her children to access quality education like any other child. ‘’ I’m saddened that my daughter has not reported to school to continue with her education, two weeks after form ones reported. Just see the dejected girl and ask yourself if indeed it was your daughter at home at this time while others continue learning’’, she said without hiding her tears.

She said her efforts to reach the area leadership for bursary assistance had hit the rocks after she was told to take the girl to school awaiting disbursements after the new financial year. ‘’ There is no possibility of my daughter getting bursary allocations from the office of the member of the county assembly, MP and Governor, I don’t see my girl going to school unless God sends a Samaritan to come to her rescue’’, she said.

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