The below essays were written by Kibera high school students as part of their application to our sponsorship program. We currently have seventeen applicants and about two to three available spots in the program. You can increase the number of students are able to to sponsor by fully sponsoring a student with a donation of $600/year or by making a one-time contribution of any amount to the sponsorship fund. To support a student’s high school education through Uweza, please visit http://www.uwezakenya.org/our-work/sponsorship
When I join secondary school, I will be the first person to do so in the whole of our family. Imagine, in your whole family there is nobody who has ever set his or her foot in school. But I, I was the lucky one to go to school. My mother always told me that I am the apple of the family and that everyone was looking up to me. My father was the only one who was educated. But when he found out that our family was poor, he ran and left my mother with a pregnancy of six months.
But because God was watching, my mother was able to deliver me well. My two sisters are now walking here and there looking for someone who can educate them but they have not found anyone yet. My mother brought us out of difficulties by selling things beside the road so that we would find something to eat. If on that day, God won’t give my mother anything, we would accept it and sleep.
Finally, I did my standard eight and I was the first one in our family to get above three hundred marks. But because my mother did not have any money, I just stayed home. But she did not lose hope on me. She came to Uweza Foundation where she was told that there is a chance for your child to be educated. That’s why I am begging you to take me so that I can go to secondary school to continue with my studies so that I can manage to get my family out of the poverty and suffering they are going through.
In primary, I would sometimes work hard and get good marks. But I would say that anyway, even if I work hard, there is nobody who can educate me. But when I was told that hard work pays, I started working hard so that my work could pay me one day in my future. I promise you when I go to Form 1 [first year of high school], you will not be disappointed in me. I will work very hard until you will be proud of me.
Even if I don’t get this chance, please try to pay for me even if it is half of my school fees. I would thank you so much because my dream is to go to secondary school. I know you won’t let me down. Thank you.
When I join secondary school, I’m going to work hard in my studies in order for me to pursue my career, which is to become a surgeon in future. I will work hard in order to see to it that I become a better person in future. Through education, I know I’m going to fight poverty and also help other children in Kibera who are less privileged to get education.
I will work extra hard in my studies so that I pass and go to university and pursue my career. Education will better my life and I will see to it that I become a responsible and good citizen in the future. Education will help me contribute to the positive development of our country and also to fight a lot of challenges that come about due to lack of education. Through education, I will be able to better the lives of my parents and also other members of the community.
I’m willing to be obedient, respectful and humble to my teachers so that I get everything they will teach me. I’m going to be disciplined because discipline is the ladder to success and prosperity in education. I will make sure I am cooperative and ask questions in class so as to understand better everything that I’m taught.
When I join secondary school, I’m going to be committed with school work and see to it that I attain a mean grade in KCSE that will take me to university to further my education. I will ensure that I give equal attention to all subjects so that I get a good grade in all subjects.
I’m willing to be in school always so as to be able to cover the syllabus and excel in my studies. I will be punctual so that I don’t miss any lessons because missing lessons will make me lose a lot and therefore lower my mean grade in my final exams. I promise to be a good student and very hardworking because hard work never goes unrewarded and I know my efforts will never go to waste.