It has been said many times before – If you believe in yourself, you can achieve your dreams.
Gabriel Ochieng’, 21, used to be a watchman at the popular Maranda High School and he is now a student at the same school.
In 2016, he was employed by Pride Kings Security Firm as a watchman at the school. His salary was Sh5, 500 a month. He had earlier dropped out in Standard seven due to lack of fees.
A parent in the school who used to like him because he was humble asked him about his background and he told her the whole story. She then encouraged him to apply for about a Unicef-sponsored programme – Women Educational Researchers of Kenya (Werk) – in Nairobi that helped needy students return to school
Ochieng’ made the application and he was successful.
He went on to resign from his job and promised the school principal that he would one day be back as a student.
He told the Standard;
I packed my belongings and traveled from Siaya to the unknown in Nairobi. I promised God and my sponsor that I would never let them down.
When he arrived in the city, he enrolled at Ofafa Jericho Primary School. The head teacher, Elizabeth Kokwach, housed him for a year. He then did his KCPE and passed.
Ms Kokwach, who accompanied Ochieng’ to Maranda, described him as in glowing terms.
He had nothing save for a wooden box, a frayed blanket and some omena (sardine-like fish). I gave him my husband’s shoes because the ones he had were in bad shape. Teachers contributed towards his other needs while I took care of his accommodation and food. He was obedient and hardworking.
Kokwach added that a well-wisher, who prefers to remain anonymous, will be paying school fees for the four years of secondary school.
Congrats to you Ochieng.