“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”Nelson Mandela
Over the years we have fully sponsored 50 children through secondary education, seven of whom are currently at university. Our very first girl, Ms Sada Abdallah, will graduate from Maseno University in August 2017 with a BSc in Aquatic Resource Conservation and Development with IT.
Makame Ali Idrisa
Top Overall Student at University of Eldoret, 2017
Peter and Sandra Ruysenaars and the Trustees of The Kenya Kesho Trust are very proud to announce their sponsored student, Idrisa Ali Makame of Mwakwiro Village, Wasini Island, emerges Top Overall Student of The University of Eldoret with a First Class Honours Degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Science. Idrisa graduated on 24 November, 2017, after successfully completing the four year course. He was the overall best student at The University of Eldoret in the 2017 class. Idrisa is one of the students fully sponsored by The Kenya Kesho Trust first to Kwale Boys High School and then on to Eldoret University. During the Graduation Ceremony, The University appreciated his achievement and after presenting him to the Chancellor, Prof Judith Mbula Bahemuka, he had the opportunity to give a speech to the 4,500 2017 Graduands. Peter and Sandra travelled to Eldoret for the ceremony. Below is the speech given by Idris.
“I thank the almighty God for this far He has brought me. I am not the best or the brightest but, I am here as a graduand who seized the opportunities as presented here at the University of Eldoret.
My university journey began on September 3, 2013 with admission to the university. I didn’t have everything at my disposal, and were it not for Kenya Kesho, a charitable organization that offered me the much needed scholarship, I would not be here with you today. Kenya Kesho supported and guided me. Above all, the scholarship saw me through secondary and now university education.
The weather In Eldoret was mean to me as I hadn’t travelled anywhere as cold as this place! These morning classes were my worst nightmare because I had to take a shower very early in that cold. If anybody could drop out of University of Eldoret at that time, it would have been me!
Excellence needs resilience in the face of all adversities. The only thing that kept me on to see this day was the fact that I come from a far place to seek knowledge, and wouldn’t have aspired anything other than success.
My four years at the university was marked by hard work, determination, and focus, and thorough revision of my course work and group discussions, as well as working closely with my lecturers.
I acknowledge the University Council and the University Management Board for good leadership and provision of a conductive learning environment throughout the four years of our study.
My sincere thanks and gratitude also go to our lecturers, especially in my Department of fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, for their expert guidance. I must share this victory with them.
My dearest family and my sponsor, Kenya Kesho, I salute you and many thanks I shower you.
To my colleagues, I have enjoyed sharing this academic journey with you. We have laboured and achieved great success. Take pride in how far you have come. Have faith in how far you can go and fight wisely to get there.
As we leave this great institution, we must stand out of the crowd and be counted and fight for what is good for society. Thank you and may God bless you.”
4th year studying Bachelor of Science in Aquatics and IT at Maseno University
Born in September 1993 in Shimoni village, Sada attended primary school in Shimoni and attained 349/500 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education. Sada joined Matuga Girls High School in 2009 and achieved grade B in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.
Sada is the first and only girl in our location to be a university student and graduate and we at Kenya Kesho are very proud of her.
Sada, who helps out at school when she is on holiday is very good with instructions to the young mothers and is a firm favourite with all the kids. She has been instrumental in guiding young girls towards a more thoughtful acceptance to education. As she says in one of her letters, she would be a mother maybe three times over and possibly a drug addict too had she not been taken up and sponsored by Kenya Kesho. She is wise beyond her years.
3rd year Bachelor of Land Resource Planning & Management at Jomo Kenyatta University
Born in 1994, Isaac attended primary education at Mshiu Primary School and attained 356/500 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education. Isaac joined Kwale High school in 2010 and achieved grade B+ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.
Isaac comes from a very humble background and was the first child from his location to go to Secondary School. He has worked really hard to become the pillar of the family and an inspiration to others in the village. During his holidays he has mentored a number of siblings and children in the village and just wants everyone to excel.
He was recently awarded the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s student of the year award from Jomo Kenyatta University. This was an excellent award given that there are hundreds of student from all over the country studying at the university. We are extremely proud of Isaac.
3rd year medicine student at Maseno University
Collins is a totally charming young man. His family were unable to pay his school fees at Kwale Boys School and the School did not want to send him home as he showed such promise. The School approached us and asked if we would help. We did so. Today he is in year three at University doing a degree in medicine. However initially he had been offered a course in Hotel Management despite his desire to become a doctor. His father was desperate for his son to achieve an education and follow his dreams in a way he had been unable to do. Collins was able to enroll in a parallel medical course at Maseno University. His father was so proud. Sadly, Collins was heart-broken when his father died from a stroke during his first year at University. Today he is a top class student and takes his studies very seriously indeed. Collins says that he will use the stones thrown at him to build a strong foundation for himself. He has overcome all odds to be where he is.
This is an extract from a letter the Head Teacher of Wasini Island sent to us after Collins, who had been teaching there while he waited to join university, left.
“On behalf of the school and the entire Wasini Community we wish to appreciate all the favours from Kenya Kesho. Actually you contributed a lot last year by bringing Mr Collins who was a hard working teacher. He managed to contribute on the improving of our school mean-score. We scored a mean-score of 240.30/500 which is the best mean-score ever. We lead in Pongwe Kidimu location.”
KENYA KESHO TRUST
PO Box 86952