GODLIVER AUMA (FORM 4)
Godliver Auma’s story is one of sheer resilience and determination. Born in Busia County in a family of seven, her father, the sole breadwinner, died when she was barely six. The huge burden of taking care of the family rested squarely on her jobless and sickly mother.
The situation deteriorated to the point that they had to rely on well-wishers for upkeep. Godliver was determined to get out of the deep hole, and education was the only option. She wished to become a doctor.
On sitting the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, she scored an impressive 358 marks, and was admitted to St. Cecillia Girls’ Nangina. At the time her mother was bedridden.
All seemed bleak but through some stroke of luck, she was advised by her primary school teachers to apply for The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation’s scholarship. She was among those who were successful. She is now in Form Four and going on well with her studies. Her mother passed on shortly after Auma got the scholarship.
Nothing, it seems, will stop Auma from realizing her lifelong dream, if the determination and hard work at school is anything to go by.
HANNAH NJERI GACHOKI (Form 4)
Hannah Njeri’s hopes of secondary education nearly went up in smoke despite doing well in her KCPE. She was raised by a single parent, her mother had no steady source of income and her health was failing by the day. Things took a positive turn when JKF came calling and she was awarded a scholarship.
However, her joy was short-lived as her mother passed on shortly after Njeri got the scholarship. Full of resolve and determination, Njeri did not let the blow to dampen her quest for education. She is in Form Four at South Tetu Girls’ High School, and she says the sky is the limit.