Shattered dream for top KCPE candidate who was to join Lenana School

Shattered dream for top KCPE candidate who was to join Lenana School

The dream of a top KCPE candidate from Mungetho village in Ndaragwa constituency to join Form One at Lenana School hangs in the balance.

Gerald Wangombe scored 402 marks in last year’s national examinations.

The 13-year-old then received an admission letter from Lenana Boys High School but his dream to become a lawyer may not become a reality.

His mother Lucy Wanjiru told Citizen Digital that though she was overjoyed by his exemplary performance but it is next to impossible for her to finance his education.

The mother of four intimated that she depends of casual work that she gets around the neighborhood which sometimes is not forthcoming.

Their situation is worsened by her health condition as she was diagnosed with Asthma; it means she has to avoid cold weather and dust so she cannot work in places where she will be exposed.

The family lives in a rented single room which the mother pays Ksh. 500 rent every month.

However, for the last one year, she has not paid her rent due to lack of money and now lives under the mercy of her landlord: a pastor at a local church.

On his part, Gerald is now taking up his mother’s role to help provide for the family.

Together with his elder sister, he seeks menial jobs to support his siblings and ailing mother.

However, he says if he can come across a good Samaritan, he would be more than glad to ensure he continues with his education.

Neighbors were also overjoyed when they heard that Gerald passed his examinations; but they also fear that his dreams to pursue higher education could be shattered if he fails to join Form One.

They are now making a passionate appeal to well wishers to help the boy so that he joins secondary and that his mother is able to seek medical help to regain her strength.

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