Peter is a form three student at Njabini Boys’ High School. Peter and his mother are from isolated rural Kenya, and often went days without eating due to their impoverished situation. They survived on the donations of well-wishers, and his mother’s meager income. Peter knew that finishing his education was the best way to help his family escape poverty, and he devoted himself to his schooling from day one, resulting in excellent grades throughout his primary years. At the end of class eight, he passed his KCPE with flying colors; however, like many of our students, Peter found himself on the cusp of dropping out of school due to the high expense associated with going to secondary school.
Luckily, Peter was able to find the support of a sponsor with Moja Tu in at the end of 2016, just in time to join secondary school. Since then, Peter has kept up his excellent performance. He regularly places near the top of the class academically, and we have loved seeing his smile and confidence grow over the years. We recently talked with Peter to understand how his life has changed since joining Moja Tu:
“Moja Tu has brought light into my life. Sometimes hopelessness can make you give up your dreams. Before I joined Moja Tu, all the challenges I faced had caused me to almost give up on my dream of becoming an engineer. However, now that I’m a form 3 student at a good school, I can see my future unfolding in front of my eyes. I know that I will have to work hard and stay determined to achieve my goals, and I will do whatever it takes to make it.
To me, secondary school is very important. Boarding school provides an avenue for boys to grow into men by teaching the values of responsibility and confidence. The most interesting thing about secondary education is that everyone is expected to take care of their own affairs. This has helped me to become self-reliant and responsible. My school is filled with excellent resources to help me learn. There are many great teachers who help to guide the students along the right track. There’s a good library with many books and papers to study. And the students here are all focused on their schooling and determined to succeed, which helps me to focus and stay determined as well.
I would like to thank Moja Tu for helping other needy students like myself. I also want to give a special thank you to my sponsor Chelsea for all the love and care she gives me. The gift of education that Moja Tu has given me has empowered me to think outside the box and dream big. I look forward to the future with a lot of confidence and hope, knowing that someone out there cares for me.”