When Kevin Madanje scored an A plain of 81 points in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams last year, he was optimistic that he would pursue his dream course in clinical medicine.
He had defied all odds and had worked hard to overcome an unfortunate incident four years ago when he excelled in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) but could not join Lenana School due to fees.
And now, battered and broken but still hopeful, his fate now hangs in a balance as the hurdle of school fees denies him another chance to join Egerton University.
He was supposed to join Egerton University to study clinical medicine on September 6 but about two weeks down the line, he is still at home.
Yesterday when K24 Digital visited him at his Shauri Moyo home in Kisumu where they live in a single room, the bright boy pleaded for assistance as he held his calling letter to the university.
He is expected to pay Ksh.47,840 for his first year but up to now, her mother has only managed to get Ksh. 3000 that was raised by their church.
Madanje said it has always been his dream to become a doctor ever since he was young but due to lack of school fees, it is becoming a challenge for him.
“I have always dreamt of becoming a medic since I was young so that I can be able to treat the sick, “he said.
A similar thing happened to him after he was done with his KCPE and he almost missed joining form one after clearing his class 8 at Arina Primary School where he scored 409 out of 500 marks.
He was called to join Lenana school but because of financial constraints, he did not.
By God’s grace, a sponsor who was impressed by his good performance fully paid for his High School education at Light Academy in Nairobi.
His mother, Benter Awuor, a tailor told us how she has struggled with him together with two of his other siblings after their father abandoned them in 2014 when he was in class 6.
She says life has not been easy for her as she is both their mother and father.
With tears at the corner of her eyes, she hopes that Madanje being her firstborn will one day lift the family up.
“Since 2014, I have never seen their father and we do not know about his whereabouts. He abandoned us and since then, he has never contributed even a penny for their education,” she said.
She added, “despite all the challenges they faced, Madanje managed to excel in his studies.”
The mother of three narrated to us how she has walked from one office to the other all in vain.
She says Madanje is a very polite boy, humble, full of respect and very intelligent.
Being her firstborn, she says she had banked all her hopes in him but due to lack of school fees, his dream of becoming a doctor might die.
She appealed for well-wishers to assist her with whatever they can offer so that Madanje can join fellow learners in university.
“I am appealing for people to come to our aid. I have tried all means possible but it has reached a point that I cannot manage.“she said.
She added that her son is worried that he cannot continue with his education after working tirelessly in school.