As Peter was growing up, access to education was never a guarantee. However, this did not stop him from dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, one freed from the cycle of poverty. He held his head high and worked hard throughout his primary years, eventually earning an impressive score of 354 marks on his KCPE.
However, after finishing primary school, Peter had no way of progressing on to high school. He was orphaned at an early age, and his living relatives were not able to afford the school fees associated with progressing on to high school. His dream of becoming an oncologist was on shaky ground when Peter’s dedication to his schooling caught the eye of the Moja Tu board. He soon found a place among our students, where he has stayed for the past 3 years.
Peter is now a form four student at Stephjoy Boys High School, preparing to take his KCSE examination at the end of the year. He hopes to join the University of Nairobi to study medicine in the next year. We caught up with him over the midterm break to reflect on how his life has changed over the last couple of years, and here is what he had to say:
“I had just been sent home from my first term of high school because of outstanding fees when I met the sponsors from Moja Tu. Though I was hurt and worried, I had not given up hope about getting a good education. I took a chance and explained my story to the Moja Tu sponsors, and soon found myself back in school with their help. I’m so glad I spoke up!
Since joining the Moja Tu family, my life has changed so much. I have never been sent away from school. I have enough time and all the necessary resources to concentrate on my studies. I have been given the chance to change my life, and I am working hard to ensure that I do.
My favorite subjects in school are Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Geography. I love reading novels and researching different topics just to feed my curiosity. When I grow up, I would like to become an oncologist. This is a doctor who specializes with cancer patients. I would like to make an impact in people’s lives by learning on how to care for these patients.
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to my sponsors Timeca and Julio. They have held my hand all the way and have always encouraged me by talking to me on the Skype calls and writing me letters. I will keep dreaming and working hard so that I can live up to my potential. Thank you for changing my life, Moja Tu!”