Hours after K24 digital highlighted the plight of a bright but needy girl who offered to sell her kidney for secondary education, Marriet Akinyi can now smile following the intervention of a good Samaritan.
Marriet Akinyi, 15, who scored 403 marks in 2020 KCPE at Chetoto primary school in Trans Nzoia County, told K24 digital she can now pursue her dream of becoming a cardiologist.
"I am very happy that my academic journey has been given a fresh breath, I can now carry on with my studies without interference," Achieng' said.
Achieng’ with tears rolling down her cheeks said she felt disappointed whenever she saw other students who scored lower marks than hers joining their schools of choice.
“Imagine in this Kipsongo slum, I was the only student who had been left out in form one admission. It really pained me seeing my colleagues smartly dressed, carrying boxes, school uniforms and other necessities,” Marriet added.
According to Joseph Pepela, an elite from Saboti constituency, Marriet's story touched him and offered to support the passionate girl for a four years academic scholarship.
"I learnt of Marriet's situation through social media, I have previously assisted dozens of such cases. However, this case really touched my heart. I'm therefore taking care of her school fees from form one through form four," Pepela said.
Pepela said poverty has aborted dreams of many bright students and called on well wishers and people of good will to step in to salvage such dreams.
“Our constitution guarantees every child the right to basic education. Unfortunately children from humble backgrounds cannot afford education, we need to help them access education with ease,” he added.
Her mother Joyce Adhiambo, a hairdresser, appreciated the good gesture from the good Samaritan for wiping her tears.
"I am a proud mother of Marriet, she did well in her KCPE and her sweat has paid off, I appreciate Joseph Pepela for this exemplary act of generosity," said Adhiambo.
Achieng’ is set to be admitted to her school of choice on Wednesday.