Friday, December 5, 2008

Voices of Akili Dada Scholars

I've decided to try and share the voices of the brilliant young women we serve by sharing some of their essays anonnymously on my blog. Hopefully these essays give you a better idea of the bridges that Akili Dada is bridging

"I am the last born of our family which consist of father, step-mother and eight children i.e. five girls and three boys. My mother passed away in the year 1998, when I was only four years old. Actually, I didn’t even understand what was going on because I was very young. After one year of difficulties, my father decided to marry a second wife, who could take care of me at that very age. At first, she treated me so kindly but afterwards. She gradually changed and till now, she was very negative attitude towards me. I have perceived such a tough life till now I used to walk about two kilometers to my former school. When my KCPE results were out, all my family members were proud of me, but most of the villagers and even including my step-mother felt so envious about it. Some of them started talking sarcastically because they knew that my dad couldn’t manage to educate me. All my sisters and brothers did not go through secondary education apart from only two who joined but were unable to complete due to lack of such school fees. None of them has a job. My elder brother had luckily got a house job in Eldoret but unfortunately, he was involved in a road accident where he was knocked by a car and broke his neck bone. It was replaced by a metal and therefore could not be able to continue working. My father has no permanent job. He only does a bit of iron roofing in which he is not even trained. He just does it for the sake of feeding the family. The work is just available once in a while. On the other hand, my step mother has no job at all, yet she came with her three children and my father has to care for all of us. When some of my father’s friends discovered that I had excelled in KCPE, they volunteered to donate some money for my school fees and equipment. However, that was only enough for first term. There is no other way my dad can get money to pay my school fee. Most of the things I came with in school were just donated by some of our kind neighbors. Some books which were required in school were just second handed to me by kind hearted people because my father couldn’t afford to buy me new ones. My father is really stressed about the increase in school fee because he has nowhere to get help.
I sometimes feel so depressed and neglected when people talk and boast about their mothers because I don’t have one. This feeling of motherlessness keeps tinting my mind. I am sure that if ever I get a scholarship all these feelings and stresses will get out of my mind. I just pray that God may work in my life. I am trying the best I can to work harder in order to achieve my goals in life. I happen to get sponsorship; I will be so grateful and even my depended on to uplift the family. I promise that if I ever get a chance I will double my efforts in academics. My aspirations are to get educated, help my father in his old age together with my step mother and also uplift our entire family. I would like to have a good desirable job and live a better life in future".


Anonymous said...

Hi Wanjiru,

What an impressive venture you've undertaken! I am so very touched, and on impulse, I have to tell you that I want to be part of what you are doing.
An email is on the way.

Mama Shujaa said...

I commend your efforts. Ultimately it is through education that Africa's poverty will be slowly be alleviated. And this is a good beginning/ongoing initiative.

In light of the recent news regarding the 300 girls fleeing circumcision in south-western Kenya, it is all the more critical that we do our part here in the Diaspora. I made comment of this on my blog and I welcome your thoughts and comments as a Kenyan woman engaged in Women's Politics.

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U&MeBlog said...

Wanjiru keep it up, and many others doing their part in ensuring the next generations are saved from ignorance among other social ills. The word of God declares, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" Hosea 4:6, and "Where there is no vision people perish." Proverb 29:8 (KJV). It is time we in the diaspora engage others around us and those at home; implementing necessary initiatives to intercept the current state of despair and rein in the right course of Africa's Children and destiny otherwise we risk being extinct. I believe strongly that education is the access to a people's liberty. Praise God for those of us who have realized this truth!!
Asante sana.