By Brian Kipruto
Moiben Subcounty Member of Parliament, Phylis Bartoo, has embarked on a laudable initiative with the MAMA NA ELIMU program, designed to provide vital sustenance to students in both day and boarding schools across Moiben, Uasin Gishu County.
This philanthropic effort spans 17 schools and aims to alleviate financial constraints, ensuring a seamless continuation of education for the students.
Professor Bartoo shed light on the motivation behind the program, underscoring its crucial role in addressing the prevalent issue of students forced to stay at home due to their parents’ inability to meet tuition fees. She stated, “I decided to launch the Mama na Elimu program to not only support students’ education but also alleviate the financial burden on parents struggling to pay school fees.”
Emphasizing the program’s impact, Bartoo conveyed, “The Mama na Elimu program has already reached out to approximately 6,000 students, a number that continues to grow over time. This strategic approach aims to enhance academic performance and facilitate each student’s progression to higher levels of education.”
Recognizing the importance of community involvement, the Moiben MP urged parents to contribute Ksh 5,000 for each student, stressing the collective responsibility in supporting the program and covering additional school expenses. Bartoo asserted, “Encouraging parents to make a modest contribution will not only support the initiative but also empower them to initiate small businesses, ultimately achieving the target amount.”
Acknowledging the collaborative efforts sustaining the program, Bartoo revealed that the organization has garnered support from the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Elimu program, benefiting 28 students. Furthermore, three students have received full sponsorship from the Family Bank, exemplifying a collaborative approach to fostering education and mutual support on this educational journey.