This Is A Very Sad Situation For A Promising Girl....

[SIZE=7]Award-winning science student doing menial jobs in Nakuru to pay for UoN[/SIZE]

by WANJIRU MACHARIA
19 August 2021 -

Esther Amimo was supposed to be flourishing, studying in the US after winning a promised 2019 global science award and scholarship.
But she’s not. She’s living in poverty with her family of seven in Nakuru, doing menial jobs to pay for her University of Nairobi education.
Esther was a headline-making protégé of global teaching superstar Peter Tabichi who gave 80 per cent of his pay to help poor students.

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Esther Amimo, and her mother, Ruth Owendi, at their home in Lare, Njoro sub-county, Nakuru.
Image: LOISE MACHARIA

He taught at Keriko Secondary School where Esther studied and it shot to fame because of her science project.
In the past, Tabichi has called on governments to help the girl child.

Some people think she and her family are feigning poverty after winning Sh100,000. But she used it to enrol at UoN where she will be in her third year.
School reopens on September 3.

Meanwhile, she’s doing laundry and working as a house help. She moved in with her sister in Naivasha. Esther is the second born.

Esther was one of two Kenyan girls who won the UN Sustainable Development Global Awards during the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2019 in the US.
Her science partner was also promised a scholarship, she said.

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She featured in a video of Tabichi’s winning project of the Global Teacher Prize from the Varkey Foundation. Her family was one of the beneficiaries of his work.
In the project video, Tabichi is seen visiting Esther’s home in the semi-arid Njoro sub-county. He helps the family instal a polypropylene bag for growing vegetables.
Her family status did not change. Then her father was fired as a watchman at Keriko Secondary School. Now he needs surgery.

The family solely depends on mother Ruth Owendi, a cook at Keriko Primary School.

Speaking at her home in Lare, Esther says she lives on a single meal while on campus to save and pay university fees.
Esther is mentioned a number of times in videos about the school situation, the community, poverty and the environment.

Esther said she’s embarrassed by questions asked by neighbours who think she’s hoarding prize money.
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Their questions are annoying and stigmatise her because they remind her of the opportunities she has missed.
She said she did not have direct communication with the people and institutions that were willing to help her.
“My science partner and I were promised two scholarships in the US and one in Ukraine during the science fair," Esther told the Star.

"The pledges did not come to fruition and I do not know what happened because communication was through the school,” she said.
Other Kenyan students in the project got scholarships in tertiary institutions overseas but she and her partner got nothing, she said.

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He gives away 80 per cent of his monthly income to help the poor.
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The education science (mathematics and physics) student at UON has just concluded her second year. To supplement her earnings from menial jobs, she does online writing.

“My annual school fees are Sh26,000 per year, so I have to get Sh18,000 to top up the Higher Education Loans Board’s relief of Sh8,000 per year,” Ester said.

She needs Sh3,500 for accommodation on campus, food, laboratory manuals, printing paper and other things her mother and father cannot afford. They support her four siblings at home.
Esther was featured in local and international media besides being congratulated by national leaders. They included TSC chief executive officer Nancy Macharia.
“I did not use even a penny of the award money [except for fees] because I knew chances were high that I might miss university if I depended on my parents,” she said.
Her father, Josephat Anyanzwa, said everyone believes Esther and the family have gotten a huge financial windfall.
Her family too is stigmatized by residents who accuse them of pretending to be poor and hiding the money from their daughter’s success to invest at their rural home in Western.
“When the foreigners came to see Teacher Tabichi’s project, they came in a convoy of many big vehicles. Our neighbours believed they came with aid for the family. They don’t believe we are still poor,” Esther’s mother Ruth said.
Esther is appealing to well-wishers to help her complete her university education. Then she promises to uplift her family and help with her father’s medical treatment.
When contacted, Keriko Secondary school principal Daniel Mwariri said he was not aware Esther was not sponsored to UoN.
He said he did not know of her financial struggles. Mwariri said teacher Tabichi was in charge of their welfare and following up on the promised scholarships in the US and Ukraine.
Esther also said after she graduated, the school still calls on her to appear in uniform at science fairs and media events.
“I would be told to go to school in uniform whenever the management needed to showcase the project and I would wait for hours without food or drink,” Esther said.
She is starting her third year in September. She joined UoN in September 2019.
Numerous efforts to reach teacher Tabichi by phone were unsuccessful and calls were not answered. He has not responded yet to text messages.

(Edited by V. Graham)

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Adversity builds resilience…atapenya waikato wake ukifika. And her stars will be brighter than the sun

ile 100 million Tabichi alishinda hawezi lipia hii msichana fee ama nim ngati kama Maragoli wenzake kina @mikel ?

I have already taken in one orphan this year and still assisting others hii sitaweza …best I can do is to get her a scholarship for masters cos hio combination yake hatapata job hapa Kenya

When You Help The Needy, Leave Your Camera Behind At Home

Ktalk Proverb No.612073 -[SIZE=6][COLOR=rgb(0, 168, 133)]Akae huku vumbistan aendeleze inchi[/SIZE]
:D:D:D

Why must Kenyan journalists introduce several twists and turns in their stories?

Thats why intelligent student wameamua kwenda TVETs huko wako na guarantee they will help themselves.

Kinyozi hizi nonsense andika kwa hio kioo yako ya kunyoa makende za kastama.

Chief nitafutie scholarship ya degree niko na diploma.:D:D:D

So my take from this whole story is that the global teacher award thingy was based on this lady’s science project. That science teacher must have been a con coz alimanage kuingiza wase box how he’s changing people’s lives. Na mnajua venye global capital wako desperate to showcase their white savior mentality, perfect match conmen wamekutana.

Sad sad plight for that lady. These are the kind of human interest stories you wanna read about sio kila siku siasa. I feel she deserved a slice of the 100m cash prize

Atafute sponsors wamkamue kama fellow university girls aache kusumbua mamake.

Moses Shindani was overjoyed when he scored 394 marks in the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).

He was selected to join Butula Boys High School.
But his dreams were cut short when his parents told him he had to stay home like his elder brother, who had dropped out of school because they could not afford tuition fees for the national school he was selected to join.

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CS George Magoha has directed Ministry officials to trace all the 2020 KCPE candidates yet to join Form One and ensure they go to school.

The Kibarani slum dweller accepted his fate.
“There was nothing more we could do as his parents. It is sad, very sad, to see your child cry because you cannot pay his fees,” said his father Alvayo Shindani, 43.
The father of six said his son aspires to be a doctor but his dream remains a mirage due to poverty.
The bright boy’s primary education had been sponsored by Geoffrey Mwangi, the director of Bethsaida Academy in Mikindani.
“He is a bright and hardworking boy. I sponsored his education in primary school. But we are now looking for sponsors to take him to secondary school,” he said.
The boy’s father said Moses’s elder sibling had also dropped out of school because of a lack of fees.
“I have three children in secondary schools. Two girls are at Moi Kadzondzo, and their elder brother was at Shimo la Tewa High School but he was sent away due to a lack of fees four months ago. He dropped out in Form Three. I have tried everything but things are difficult,” he said.
The boy missed the National Government Constituency Development Fund scholarship.
“We applied for many scholarship opportunities but I guess he wasn’t lucky. It was sad that even CDF denied my son an opportunity. Poverty is bad. Pray for anything else but not poverty,” he said.

Biosa Hassan, 14, is another student who was denied a CDF scholarship in Jomvu after scoring 355 marks in her KCPE at Novel Junior School. She was selected to join Moi Forces Academy in Mtongwe.
“I live in Bangladesh with my mother, who couldn’t afford my fees,” she said.
The two children’s tears were wiped away when Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha personally escorted them to school.
Prof Magoha took Moses to Shimo La Tewa Boys while Biosa was placed at Mama Ngina Girls.
The CS asked the CDF officials in Jomvu to explain criteria used in selecting deserving students.
“Let them go as they are, without uniform. I wore my first school uniform when I joined secondary school. But how can all these learners be at home yet there’s CDF?” he said.
“Let’s be serious and stop politicking on matters to do with education. We must give all the children the same opportunity. Don’t discriminate and reward your loyalists.”
While leading a multi-sectoral door-to-door campaign in Jomvu sub-county, Mombasa, to trace learners who had not reported to the school, Prof Magoha urged politicians to give scholarships to deserving learners and not their relatives or their voters.
Jomvu CDF officials and Jomvu MP Badi Twalib’s personal assistant Hamza Kombo were at pains to explain to the CS what the money had done to ensure learners went to school.
“We hope it’s not the faceless children who were given scholarships. All the children are important to us. There’s a child who got 394 marks. Why didn’t you take him to school? Why did you have to wait for me?” asked the CS.

The officials told the CS that the two missed the sub-county bursaries because they studied in private primary schools.
“What do you mean by private primary schools? All children belong to the government. They deserve equal treatment. We must ensure those who got lower marks but come from poor families get the scholarship. I appeal to all Kenyans who are able to help take children to school,” Prof Magoha said.
In Kisauni, four children were yet to join secondary school due to a lack of fees. They had missed out on bursaries.
Prof Magoha said the national government had given out 9,000 bursaries to help children to go to school.
“These are government children. They deserve scholarships. All government officers should take children to school and ensure they get scholarships,” he said.
In Taita Taveta, Aisha Umazi, who studied at Sasenyi Primary School, was yet to join either Mwasere Girls or Moi Girls due to lack of fees.
The girl, who scored 320 marks, was selected to join either of the two schools and has asked well-wishers to help her complete secondary education.
Prof Magoha said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive that 100 per cent of pupils transition to secondary school must be followed.

By Winnie Atieno
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It is an education course, why do you say hakuna job hapa Kenya?

This story however does not make sense. Such stories are usually based on lies