A total of 313 students are benefitting from a schorlaship program funded by Dickson Simiyu, a businessman based in Bungoma.
Mr. Simiyu splashes a whooping Sh380,000 into the program every year as part of his own contribution in uplifting the lives of vulnerable life through education.
Speaking to the Western Kenya Times, the businessman said, Simiyu emphasized the importance of education to “children who are the future generation and who will be able to support their parents and have a decent life in old age.”
“We believe that education has a manifold impact on society. It’s the first step to improving one’s quality of life,” he said.
Mr. Simiyu said his charity caters for school fees, transport, learning materials for the whole of the four-year secondary education period.
The program, which is part of Mr. Simiyu’s initiative towards improving the welfare of the society, targets disadvantaged and under-privileged students by granting them full secondary school fees scholarships and mentorship to help them focus on their studies.
“I want to thank Mr. Simiyu for the job he is doing. Not everyone has a heart to do what he is doing in this area. You’ve supported the government in its quest to ensure 100 per cent transition to secondary school,” said Anne Nabwile, a parent whose student is a beneficiary of the schorlaship.
At the moment, 217 students have joined Kabuchai Girls High School, 59 Chebosi High School, and 37 Kaimosi High School, while 10 have benefited by joining higher learning institutions.
Godfrey Wamalwa is a Bungoma-based journalist who enjoys writing Politics, Crime, Sports and Education.