David Muhia, the 14-year old boy we featured recently as being on the verge of losing his Form One place due to poverty, has his destiny re-written after a well-wisher came out to pay his fees for all four years he will be in school.
James Muiru alias Kajim is the benefactor, who read the story carried by Education News Online and contacted this writer. He understood that the boy from Kawira village in Gatundu North scored 379 marks and is one of 11 children in a poor family.
Besides paying his school fees, Kajim also bought all the requirements by Weithaga Boys High School in Murang’a County, the home of Muhia for the next four years.
Speaking after he toured the derelict home in the remote village, the well-wisher who also took food items to the hunger-stricken family, saying he could not sit out as the bright boy’s future hangs on a cliff.
He contended that Muhia could not repeat class 8 as systems had changed.
“I saw the story of Muhia and his family online and indeed, the bright boy deserves my support. I will walk the journey with him because his future is unknown; we could be helping a future president,” said Kajim, asking other Kenyans of goodwill to help the many other cases whose education is threatened by poverty.
“We have similar cases in different parts of the country and we have a responsibility to support such children. Let us all join hands and do everything possible to shape the future of those in need,” added Kajim, who is a renowned Master of Ceremony (MC).
Muhia’s father James Gitau could not hide his joy as Muhia’s predicament had given him sleepless nights.
“I’m extremely excited and I feel that the heavy load I was carrying is now removed. I can now concentrate on struggling to educate the other children, some of whom are still at home. I thank God for this milestone and I pray that well-wishers will come through even for other children in the village who are facing similar challenges,” said Gitau.
On his part, elated Muhia whose tears of joy flowed freely, vowed to work hard in his studies to enable him pursue Electrical Engineering and later rescue his family from poverty, as well as help other children who will be in his shoes in future.
“May God bless the well-wisher and my pledge is that I will do everything possible to make you proud. It will be my joy to one day get my family out of this helpless situation and support other children suffering similar problems,” pledged the boy.
The story of Muhia who sat his KCPE at Kawira Primary School last year and was on the verge of ending his education at that point spread after we highlighted it a few days ago.
His penniless family could not raise the money to fund even the first term fees alone and buy uniform and other key requirements.
Gatundu North MP Elijah Njoroge Kururia has since pledged to also support the family, sending a cheque of Ksh30,000 to aid Muhia’s education.
Francis Macharia, another distress story from Witeithie in Juja Constituency, has also received sponsorship from the Chania Boys Alumni Association, which has offered to pay his school fees up to Form 4.
By Kamau Njoroge
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