Jeffrey Kinyua was in Mwithumwiru Primary School when his father died, leaving Jeffrey and his mother and siblings in even more poverty that they already were. He was a very bright student and got a very high score at the end of primary exams. His headmaster, Mr Joseph Kirima, told us the boy had to leave school to support his mother and the younger children because they could not raise the money for secondary school fees.
When we met him, we were most impressed by his quiet, gentle way of speaking and relating to us. Joseph obviously thought very highly of him and agreed to be his mentor if he could continue his education. This he has continued to do until the present, as you will read in Jeffrey’s letter.
A friend of Karibuni agreed to sponsor him through secondary school, and again he shone, achieving B+ at the end of Form 4. The sponsorship had ended, but Karibuni Childrenees agreed to continue supporting him when he was offered a place at Moi University in Eldoret.
While at secondary school, Jeffrey returned each holiday to teach basic computer skills to children at Mwithumwiru. This was voluntary, although the teachers would make sure he had a good meal and a few shillings or some food to take home to his family.
This month Jeffrey graduated and Karibuni was delighted to pay the costs involved in going to the graduation ceremony in Eldoret with his mother, so that she could share in her son’s big day. He is the first in his family, indeed in his area, to achieve this level of education – what a celebration that must have been!
His degree is BSc in Food science and Nutrition. He would love to continue studying for a Master’s Degree, but Karibuni sponsorship stops at a first degree. He is now desperately looking for an opening in his field.