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When she sat for her first examination in secondary school she scored a mean grade of B+. She is hopeful that when she goes to a boarding school, through the BABS scholarship sponsored by Karibuni Onlus, she will be able to score a higher grade and eventually join university.
Wanjiru’s parents were not able to take her to a boarding school because they didn’t have enough money to cater for her expenses, and she has two younger siblings who are still in school. She and her family live in the majengo slums of Meru County.
Joshua went to school at Kathanthatu Primary School and sat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in 2009 and attained 325 Marks out of 500. He joined Kathanthatu Day Secondary School in 2010 after his parents were unable to finance a boarding school. He then went through the 4 year course and worked extremely hard and scored an A- in eight subjects in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). There was a problem with school fees during his studies, but a Good Samaritan volunteered to pay his form 3 and 4fees. His parents were struggling to pay for his fees and that of his 4 siblings. It was especially a big burden to Joshua’s parents when he and his brother were both in form 4.
Following the form 4 results, with permission from the principal Mrs Njagi, Joshua volunteered to help other students at his former secondary school. He intends to pursue an engineering course--Software Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Computer Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
In the early 90’s she was enrolled in Nturiri primary school which is in her neighborhood where she schooled until the year 2000 when she sat for her KCPE and attained 430 marks out of 700.
This performance was fairly good so she got an admission letter from a good High School which she did not manage to join until second term when she joined St. Ann Girls’ Secondary School—a day school which is near her home.
She studied in this school from year 2001 to 2002 where she did up to form two half way as her fees balance had accrued so much and her parents were not in a position to raise this money.
So she dropped in the middle of form 2, but she did not let the financial challenge get in the way of her dream.
In 2003, her father started a business that did well and enable him to transfer her to a better boarding school in the same year. It’s during this time that she was taught leadership skills in the various workshops she attended.
When Muthoni joined Igwanjau High School her school life had a turn around, where she repeated form 2 which she had not completed in the former school and her performance greatly improved. She completed her secondary education in 2005, thereby attaining a mean grade of B- in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination.
While her performance qualified her to join college for a course of her choice, it was not possible as her younger sister was now in high school and her two brothers were almost completing primary school. And it was not until the year 2008 that she was able to save some money to start her own business, which, unfortunately, did not do well. However, by faith, she made an application at Meru University for a degree course. The father sold the two cows he had and also organized a fundraiser to raise school fees. And because the money was insufficient, she studied part of the second year after deferring several times. Unable to cope with the pressure of school fees, she finally dropped out of the university in 2012 and has been volunteering with Solidarity House CBO since. Now it’s all smiles as she gets ready to resume her studies this month (May 2014)—thanks to the BABS scholarship supported by Karibuni Onlus.
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JOSHUA MURIUKI MUTWIRI: AN ASPIRING UNIVERSITY STUDENT
Joshua Muriuki Mutwiri was born on 2nd February 1994 to David Mutwiri and Lydia Mutwiri, who are from Kigane Sub-location, Mikumbune Location, Imenti South District in Meru County in Kenya. He lives in a rented house with his parents as they do not own any house or land. The father works in a quarry and his mother as a casual worker in one of the farms in the village.
MAUREEN WANJIRU: MUGONA GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL
Maureen Wanjiru is 14 years old. Her parents are Catherine Mumbi and Martin Mugambi. She joined Meru Primary School in 2013, where she sat for her KCPE and attained 297 marks. Her mother decided to enroll her in a nearby secondary school known as Irinda Secondary School which was not the school of her choice, because there wasn’t enough money to take her to a boarding school.
DOREEN MUTHONI: MERU UNIVERSITY
Doreen Muthoni was born in July 20, 1985 as a second born in a family of five children. Her parents are both peasant farmers. Out of the five children, three have completed High School and none has gone to the tertiary level apart from her, though currently she has deferred her studies.
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