An orphan lady, now a successful grown woman of Kiong’ongi-Nyamira, Kenya has shared her sad story to inspire others in similar situation.
Sharing her story, she noted that her biological mother died through childbirth and she was taken care of by her foster mother who made life unbearable for her.
At age 10 she had to step out of the house to face the cruel world all by herself at that tender age.
Fortunately for her, she fell in the hands of a compassionate guardian who took care of her through high school at Kebabe Girl’s High and she sat for her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) tests in 2002.
There again death mysteriously took her guardian and the story turned more ugly.
“I dreamt of becoming a nurse. I admired how they wore spotlessly clean, white coats. Just when I was beginning to map out my dream, the guardian died. It was suspected of poisoning. My hopes were dimmed in one stroke of misfortune.
When I started my diploma course in Medical Laboratory at MKU Thika Campus in 2009, I used to sleep in class. I am not talking about the occasional dozing off during lectures. Literally using the lecture room as my bedroom. I had no money to pay for accommodation at the hostels or rent out a room.
When the hunger became too much, I opened up to a close friend who took my plight to MKU Students Association Cabinet. The Cabinet wrote to the university Board of Directors Chairman Simon Gicharu who was very sympathetic.”
According to her, after her first degree, the university offered her employment where she worked and save to continue her education.