“We firmly believe unless we follow the child through to the point of learning skills and having a firm education so they can be self-sustaining, if we don’t do this, we have failed. Kenya has a 49% unemployment rate. It is imperative we help guide our children and Guardians into fields of study that will grow in the future. The IT field is in it’s infancy stage in Kenya so this is a very good field to pursue. Business fields, such as accounting and finance, nursing, teaching, and engineering will be opportunities for their future.” -Anita Colley, Executive Director
Jackson Kiongo Wanjiku is 17 years old and the son of a single mother. He had a difficult time in nursery school and the family did not have very much money. He tells us his story.
“I had no shoes to wear and the other pupils used to laugh at me and ridicule me. Throughout my entire primary school I had just three sets of school uniforms. The one from class one was was used for 3 more years and then my teachers in the school bought one for me. I used that one from class four through class six. At class six, my mother was able to buy my last set of uniform.”
Despite all these challenges, Jackson adds, “I made it!” He recounts the nights without food in a thatched house made of mud to the sides and grass on top (as roof). Even though the situation was dire, Jackson worked hard at school and he maintained a top three position through his primary school. He did his national examination in 2014, but scored far below his target. The family had no money to pay the school fees in the last year and he missed much of the school year. Considering his low attendance, his score was impressive.
In efforts to start high school education, Jackson tells that he applied for another program, a sponsorship program which sponsors excellent students from financially challenged background. However another student was admitted under his name in a case of school fraud. Then Jackson was admitted in a local school with very low standards and poor quality of education. While still in this school, Jackson was living in a very bad state with little to eat. Jackson met with Dan, P82 Social worker, and explained his situation to him. Dan visited Jackson in his home, purchased a pair of school shoes, and started working towards getting him a better government school since Jackson has so much potential.
“I was taken to another school which offered quality education, Molo Secondary School, a regional day school and one of the top hundred public schools in Kenya. I have blended well already and am rising to the ranks in this school” he says. “The last term of last year I scored B+ with 81 points out of ninety points.” This is an outstanding grade! We are all very proud of Jackson and his hard work!
He hopes to become an electrical engineer and possibly a lecturer. “I feel good about my education. I so much love my school, I thank P82 from removing me in the condition I was in, and taking me to a better school. I had given up on finishing high school.” Jackson concludes with, “I am very glad to be in Project 82 family, I feel much at home, may God bless Project 82.”