15 year old girl saves sh1,000 in three months to join high school!


15 year old Ruth Njeri(L) who scored 301 marks sobs with her mother Beatrice Wanjiru at the Eldoret Media Hub offices.Njeri is yet to join Form 1/Photo James Gitaka

By Dianah Chelagat

It’s a dream cut  short, Ruth Njeri a  15  year old who  sat  her  KCPE last year, had  hopes  like any  other  candidate  of joining a secondary  school  of  choice –Kamagut  Girls  and later  on  join Moi University  where  she would  pursue her  dream in fashion and  design .

However  Ruth, who scored  301 marks,  embarked on a journey to raise her  own school  fees through manual jobs  where  she would wash clothes and utensils for as much as  Sh50.

Ruth  who lives  with her  single mother Beatrice  Wanjiru at a semi-permanent house  in Maili Nne  in the  outskirts  of  Eldoret town, is unable  to raise  enough money , so far  she  has  only  secured Sh 1,000 , Sh 500 was raised by her church –Joy of  Jesus  Christ  church  a new  church that has only  20 members  and where  she doubles up as a  Praise and worship member.


“I had high hopes of joining  secondary school. Many of those who sat KCPE are  almost through their First term, I haven’t  lost hope though,  however many people are unwilling to give me work. They  tell me I am underage ,but  I need the money  to get me to school? She pauses amid tears.

Despite the current  challenges  Njeri  is  unbowed, she has a strong  will to  realize  her  dreams  in Life,  support  her 52 year old mother  and her  other three  siblings  who are currently  living in a  ‘mabati’ house given to her mother by a generous land  owner  in order  to look after  the   land.

Ruth Njeri at her home-Maili nne , Eldoret

“Every time I  see Gospel Artist Mercy Masika sing,  my hopes  are  renewed I look up to her ,Lost in wild  deep thoughts ;she says – I will make  a  difference  in life someday,I believe God  will send me an  angel to support my education journey,  I am ready to even join a day school  if supported,”Njeri opines.

With each passing day , Her Mother  Wanjiru is  afraid the evil eye  could prey on her  daughter, destroying her  dreams.

“She is a girl, I have reasons  to be afraid , we have  heard  of  teen pregnancies , every day  I talk to her , encourage  her that it  shall be well  and  that we will some day get  to school but my hopes are deeming with each day passing ,we are not getting enough money from manual chores ,I plead with any well-wisher  to support my daughter “She says.

Wanjiru  has  knocked  on every door possible, begging  for bursary support, but  no help has  come through , However she  strongly  feels someone who will get to know her story, will help her  daughter just get to school and  realize  her  dream.

For  any support:  Beatrice Wanjiru can be  reached  through 0746299018 or Get in touch with the Hubzmedia -0758211494


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