Currently studying:  Bachelor of Science in radiography

At:  Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

I was born in a family of five in Kisii county. My father (now deceased) was in casual employment at a Tea Processing company in Kiambu. I was enrolled at Kemuga Primary school, a nearby village school where I schooled until 2013 when I sat for my KCPE exams and managed 389 marks [out of 500; an exceptional score -Ed] which was unexpected considering the school’s facilities and exposure.

I was admitted to Lenana School, something which took my life to the next level of struggle. And here my RED RUBBER BALL FOUNDATION STORY began.

Advice and financial input on my hoped-for admission to Lenana, a top national school, from relatives and family was confusing me more and more as the Form One admission day was drawing nigh. At that moment I knew it was not going to happen and I was prepared to join a local school for my secondary school education. With the help of family friends, I tried to secure a scholarship from various local education support programs but I didn’t manage to secure any. I attended interviews with two banks offering scholarships.  But my request was declined.

Failure to secure a scholarship brought my world to a standstill and at some point, a few weeks before Form One admission debut I felt I was becoming a burden to the family.

For some family friends, giving up on me wasn’t an option, we decided to give it a final shot. My dad and I we were interviewed on NTV lunchtime news. We requested well-wishers to help me raise my fee for Form One admission. Having raised a little, I was allowed to join Lenana on 4 February 2014.

I was very unsettled in my new study environment.  I knew that even though I was in school, the funding for my future study years was unclear. I was called to the Guidance and Counselling Office where I met Emily Bakhitah, who interviewed me and a few weeks later I received a scholarship for my entire secondary school years courtesy of THE RED RUBBER BALL FOUNDATION.

This was a significant turning point in my life, from worry to inner peace which enabled me to work with less interruption until I sat for my KCSE final school exams in 2017.

I scored a B+ and secured a vacancy at the Jomo Kenyatta University College of Health Sciences where am currently doing BSc Radiography.  I even won an award.

In 2014 I attended the RED RUBBER BALL FOUNDATION workshop in Nairobi YMCA. This forum changed my perspective of doing and seeing things. I met colleagues from all over the country with different stories they have been through. This encouraged me to push on and be the medic I have always wanted to be.

Thank you LINDA my sponsor from England.

Red Rubber Ball Foundation beneficiary.


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