Samuel Ouma was among the top students in the country, scoring a grade A during the 2020 national examinations.
The student secured admission at the University of Nairobi (UoN) to pursue a degree in education science.
He, however, could not join the university due to financial constraints. His father, Amule Onyango, was recently paralysed after developing health complications on one of his legs.
His mother, Christine Anangwe, does menial jobs in order to cater for the family’s basic needs. The plight forced him to crush stones and burn charcoal in order to raise funds as well as help his family.
The unfortunate situation caught the attention of well-wishers from a local foundation who visited the family on Monday, September 14.
The foundation gifted the family a cheque worth Ksh50,000 and pledged to cater for the student’s first year academic fees.
“I’m grateful to all who have given my son a chance to continue with his education,” an elated Anangwe told journalists present.
Ouma’s story mirrors another student in Kisii county who had remained at home due to lack of school fees despite scoring a grade A of 82 points in KCSE 2020.
Janet Isaboke had secured admission at UoN to study medicine and surgery, but was unable to join due to financial constraints. The student received help from political figures and well-wishers after her plight was aired on Citizen TV.