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SOLDERING ON WITH CONFIDENCE; PAST THE PAIN OF CHILDHOOD

Frustrated and tormented from the scars of violence, which I also have in my body, yet i decided to try my best

ANTHONY MURIITHI WANJIRA (HBEF 2012-2015) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

When were you in the H B E F program?

2012 to 2015.      

How did you get in the program?

I was awarded the scholarship after having scored well in the primary certificate, where I scored 369 out of 500 marks in Turkana County.

Please give us a brief about yourself, your family, your upbringing and schooling.

I was born in a family of three headed by a single mother, my little sister (both deceased) in Kaptembwa area in Nakuru. I started my schooling from Uhuru primary near Kiamunyi. Things were okay since my mum used to go clean houses as a day house help at Milimani area. Things changed when the post-election violence started which took away the life of our mother and damaged our lives. I was then in class six. I had to seek my aunt’s help in raising my little sister as I tried to find a way out, since I loved education. Frustrated and tormented from the scars of violence, which I also have in my body, yet i decided to try my best. I was able to secure a job as a house boy in Rongai area through a friend who had known my mother. That was at the end of 2009. In the following year of 2010.I decided to enroll for the K C P E as a private candidate as I worked in the house for a salary of 2000 shillings. I did the exam and scored 345/500. This according to me was a failure since I was targeting above 350/500 because a good Samaritan had promised to get me a scholarship chance with the Wings to fly program.

Now having not met my mark, I really felt low and lost especially as I was watching the program of the Wings to Fly, concerning those who had been selected. I also realized that students from hardship areas had some advantage over their marks.

Without hesitation I took all the savings I had(6000k) and decided to go to Turkana County and try it there. The reasons as to why I chose the county was because, when I read the published results from the newspaper, students selected from other hardship counties like Wajir, Mandara, Marsabit all had Islamic names and that scared me a little.

I took off to Lodwar on Thursday, from Nairobi. Going to Lodwar was not because I knew someone from there, I knew no one and no one had also advised me to go there. It was probably the choice I made because I wanted to make it in life.

Armed with a few clothes and my birth certificate, I arrived in Lodwar in the morning of Friday because the buses normally travel at night. After alighting from the bus, I met with the children running to school. I decided to follow one the pupils to the school gate which would later turn out to be my school—Lodwar Mixed Primary school.

After getting the location of the school, I returned back to town where I booked a lodging for 200 shillings a night. Later on, during the day, the same Friday, I went to the school and approached the headmaster Mr. TIMOTHY KIKETE WABUYA. He is the person who has made me be where I am today. In his office he asked me if I had done K C P E before, which I denied since I thought he won’t accept repeaters. He then told me to go home and come to school on Monday with books and uniform. And that’s how I came to attend the school. When i told him my story, he accommodated me at his home unconditionally.

I once again sat for the KCSE exam and scored 369/500. The teachers from the school gave me the forms of HILDE BACK EDUCATION FUND which funded my four years in secondary school at Lodwar High school. They even took care of my transport and medical treatment.

In secondary school, I didn’t pass well enough to secure straight university admission since I was affected by the death of my small sister. While in form three third term, she drowned in the river after being mistreated by my aunt. That really affected my grades and I scored a mean grade of C+ 48 points in K C S E 2015.

Now with no hope of furthering my academics, I resulted again in doing odd jobs in town. In everything I did since I had a desire to go back to school, I decided to be saving some amount of money. In September 2018, I applied for a Bachelor of Law degree program as a private student. I am currently in my second semester first year. Currently I am doing taxi business during the day and go to class on evening, since my classes begins at 5;30pm to 8;30pm.THANK YOU.

In summary, what could you say were the greatest benefits you derived during the 4 years you were under H B E F program?

The gift of education unconditionally from Hilde Back family.

Is there a way that the lessons learnt during the 4 years under H B E F are of value in your current studies or life?

Very much and it’s my hope that one day I will fund a student through HBEF

What are your goals and where do you see yourself in the next 5/10 years?

I want to graduate with a degree in law and sit with founder Chris Mburu since I was told he is also a lawyer.

Is there a way you are doing your own ‘small act’?

Not yet.

Any final thought?

Thanks H B E F, thank you a lot. I am proud to have been a beneficiary.

 

INTERVIEW WITH MERCY WAIRIMU WANGARI

        Please give us a brief about yourself, your family, your upbringing and schooling.

My name is Mercy Wairimu .I am 17 years old and born in a family of seven have two brothers and two sisters. I am the first born in our family .I have been brought up by both parents who have struggled in various jobs to earn a living. I attended my primary school at St Dominic Buchana Primary and later joined Nakuru Girls.

When and how did you get in the HBEF Scholarship program?

I got to the H B E F Scholarship program on February 2015.When I was joining high school at Nakuru Girls high school. I got to know about HBEF through my primary school head teacher, Mr. Nyamu, who told us about it and brought to us a form to fill in.

In summary, what could you say were the greatest benefits you derived during the 4 years you were under HBEF Program?

I have benefited from HBEF so much because they have paid my fees for the four years in high school. The organization also has taught me many skills that I have been using while studying in school and also at home.

You performed very well in your KCSE, what can you attribute your success to?

My success was attributed by one of the skills that I learnt through Hilde Back and that are concentration. It helped me so much to get maximum knowledge from the teacher while  teaching  and then I would  go back to books  to only get what  the teacher  missed or maybe what I may not have heard during the session. It was also attributed by the motivation to make a better life.

Did you hold any Leadership responsibility at your former school? If yes, how did this contribute to your own development and success in your performance?

I did not have any leadership responsibility in school.

Did you encounter any personal challenges during your secondary schooling? If yes, what were they and how did you deal with them?

At school, I faced the problem of social classes; that is wanting to be like others who have everything but once the idea propped up, I would tell my mind to read and I will have mine letter. I also had a problem with my health that even had me admitted to hospital one week before the exams.

What are you currently involved in?

Currently am not involved in such productive activities but I stay at home and help my parents with household chores.

Which University and course have you been admitted to?

For now, the KUCCPS placement service has offered me one of my choices but they have not put it clearly which one.

What are your goals and where do you see yourself in the next 5 /10 years?

My goal is to become one of the best female civil engineers in our Country Kenya. Help my parents to improve their standards of living and help children from poor families in their education and live a happy life.

Any final thoughts.

I would like to thank Hilde Back for been in support of me for four years and also pass my regards to my sponsor, Mrs. Joette Ray Chambers.

Thank You Very  Much Mercy and Wishing You The Best.( March 2019)

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MY HBEF EXPERIENCE

NAME: NYAMUSI MERCYLINE

Please give us a brief about yourself, your family, your upbringing and schooling.

I am a humble girl brought up from a humble family and had a chance to school from primary to secondary

though with financial challenges but thereafter I found assistance from HBEF program and was enabled to achieve

my goals.

When and how did you get in the HBEF Scholarship program?

I joined the HBEF family in 2015 .This was after my father leaning and getting to know about the program from friends.

An interview was conducted and an application form was given .Thereafter I was selected as one of the beneficiary.

In summary, what could you say were the greatest benefits you derived during the 4 years you were under HBEF Program?

I got to learn different life skills and more so I was enabled to study without financial challenges.

You performed very well in your KCSE, what can you attribute your success to?

Working smart and having positive attitude .Doing discussion and consulting from teachers is also important.

Did you hold any Leadership responsibility at your former school? If yes, how did this contribute to your own development and success in your performance?

Yes. This made me to have self confidence,being responsible and also having interpersonal skills.

What are you currently involved in ?

Teaching and attending some computer practices.

Which University and course have you been admitted to?

Awaiting admission

What are your goals and where do you see yourself in the next 5 /10 years?

Being a successful person.

Any final thoughts.

I really appreciate the foundation fully for the support given to me in order to achieve my goals of being successful.

Thank You Very Much Mercyline and Wishing You The Best.

 

A CLEAR VISION PROPELLED ME TO SUCCESS

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