- By Sam Oduor and Tom Lutali
A boy from Minyali B Village in Mautuma Ward in Lugari Sub-county, Kakamega County, whose story of plight was published by the Western Kenya Times has received scholarship to join Form One at Kivaywa Boys High School.
David Barasa scored 346 marks and topped his class at St. Kizito Primary School in the KCPE 2022 despite suffering deep burn injuries that were inflicted on almost half of his body.
His mother, Mary Simiyu, appealed for help to take Barasa and his brother, who also sat the exam and scored 317 marks, to secondary school.
She said she had spent all the money she had on treating Barasa who sustained severe injuries after 40 percent of his body got burned when an overfilled paraffin lamp burst to flames in 2017.
“I used all my savings, worth Sh200,000, to treat David. I had to sell everything at home and now have nothing left,” Ms. Simiyu said.
His story touched the area MP Nabii Nabwera who offered to pay his school fees and facilitate his admission at Kivaywa Boys High School in Matate Sub-county, Kakamega County.
Barasa is set to join the school.
He thanked the Western Kenya Times for sharing his plight and promised to work hard and make the MP and his community proud.
“I was almost giving up. But through the Western Kenya Times, who came to my aid and wrote an article about me, Lugari MP Nabii Nabwera came through for me and I am happy I will be pursuing my studies,” he told WKT.
His mother could not hide her happiness and said she wishes her son all the best as he begins a new chapter.
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