A story done by Western Kenya Times reporter Tom Lutali highlighting the plight of two sisters in Lugari Sub-County who performed excellently but lacked the means to join secondary schools in their KCPE 2021 has borne fruit.
Lonah Agape, who scored 413 marks, and her sister Ann Veronicah, who scored 378 marks in the exam they sat at Free Methodist Umoja Primary School in Mautuma Ward, had tried all means, including applying for bursaries and scholarships, with no success.
A few weeks later, a well-wisher by the name of John Otieno Ogola, after reading the story, decided to come to the rescue and help Lonah Agape, who had received an admission letter to St. Brigit Girls in Trans Nzoia County.
The well-wisher has already deposited KShs 22,000 worth of fees in the school account from a bank in Eldoret, as seen in the slip he shared with the Western Kenya Times.
In addition to that, Mr. Otieno said, accompanied by his wife and the student, he will go shopping for her and then assign a driver on Wednesday to take the girl to join Form One.
The good samaritan has also promised to ensure Veronicah attends secondary school after he finishes with her sister.
“It is not that we have a surplus, but it is God’s grace and the small things we own that help us. I decided to chip in because I have been through the same situation before. In God’s favor, the girl will learn up to Form Four.
“I am not a politician and I am not willing to vie for any seat in Mautuma. My aim is to help people who come from humble backgrounds. As long I live, Lonah will get a full scholarship for her studies,” Mr. Ogola, a businessman who hails from Mlimani in Mautuma Ward, said.
He also noted that it is good to educate children because they hold the future of society.
How did the father receive the news?
The girl’s father, Aggrey Okoyo, received the news with joy and thanked God for answering his prayers.
“I am touched by the good heart of Mr. Otieno. Indeed, it was my wish that my daughters attend secondary school as a reward for their efforts. May God bless the well-wisher and pay him back with more,” a pleased Mr. Okoyo told Tom Lutali.
Lonah also expressed excitement and promised to work hard.
“I am happy I am going to join the school that I was called. I thank God because he is a living God. I thank Mr. Otieno for being so generous and selfless,” the happy girl said.
Tom Lutali is a seasoned scribe based in Lugari Sub-County in Kakamega County who writes human interest stories and sports for WKT.