Three days after the Western Kenya Times published the
story of a girl from Mautuma Ward in Lugari Constituency, Kakamega County, who dropped out of school a year ago after her father died, help has come her way.
Lugari Member of Parliament (MP), Nabii Nabwera, who came across Rachel Khaeche’s story after it went viral, has stepped up to pay full fees for her secondary education.
The girl’s mother, Grace Nyakoa, had lamented about her desperate situation and how her daughter was stranded at home since her husband died after an illness in May 2021.
Speaking after the girl joined Macho Secondary School in Mautuma, Lugari, on Tuesday (where she dropped just after doing her end of Term Three Form One exam in 2021), Mr. Nabwera assured the girl’s mother that he would sponsor her education from his pocket.
“I read the story by Tom Lutali in the Western Kenya Times and called him to come over with the girl. She is not the only one I’m sponsoring, I have another one from Munyuki who was called to Chuka University last week, and I paid her school fees after she got an A- (minus) in her KCSE exams,” the MP said.
The former Kakamega County Chief of Staff reiterated the importance of education for the growth of the constituency and said that his administration will put up a program to fund the education of needy students.
“When you educate a child, you remove foolishness from society and replace it with upright minds. It’s time to work and change Lugari for good,” he said.
Rachel Khaeche, who is now happily settled in class, thanked the MP for heading to her plea.
Her mother Grace Nyakoa couldn’t hide her joy either.
“God bless you Nabii, you’re such a wonderful leader we have in Lugari. Thank you for paying my daughter’s school fees,” she said.
- Edited by Sam Oduor
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Tom Lutali is a seasoned scribe based in Lugari Sub-County in Kakamega County who writes human interest stories and sports for WKT.