• Sifa is worried that if Mwangiri fails to join university her life will be ruined.
• Support can be channeled through Beatrice Sifa on 0726486365 or through Amina Mwangiri on 0728247261.
Kilifi county’s top KCPE candidate in 2017 Amina Mwangiri is appealing for financial aid to fund her university education.
Mwangiri, 21, from Fundi Issa village in Magarini subcounty is fearful that her dreams for further studies may not be fulfilled. She is an orphan.
Mwangiri needs Sh65,000 to be admitted to the university.
Kesho Kenya, an organisation based in Kilifi town has already donated Sh20,000.
She scored a B+ in the 2021 KCSE exam and was called to Maseno University to study public health with IT.
Speaking to the media in Kilifi, Mwangiri said she is on the verge of giving up after knocking on several doors for help without success.
She depends on her grandfather for support.
“My mother died when I was in form three and everything changed. I almost ran into depression and it affected my studies," she said.
"I am now living with my grandparents who is an artisanal fisherman and the sole breadwinner in the family. My grandmother is old and sickly."
Mwangiri left her home to look for menial jobs to support the family.
Beatrice Sifa who accompanied Mwangiri in her journey to source for funds said the girl has lost hope.
Sifa said she knew of Mwangira's plea from her daughter who schooled with her in primary school.
“My daughter told me about the predicament of her friend and I decided to look for her. I found her in Mtwapa and I pleaded with my friends to support the girl collect her academic papers from Alliance girls where she schooled," Sifa said.
"She managed to get her papers and we started the journey to look for her University fees. She is a very bright girl."
She is supposed to join the university on September 19
Sifa is worried that if Mwangiri fails to join university her life will be ruined.
“She is an orphan and has a sister who is sitting for the KCPE exam in November. The family has high hopes that Mwangiri maybe their way out of poverty," she said.
"All this can easily make her think of getting married or involve herself in immoral behaviour to support the family."
The Wings to Fly scholarship by the Equity Group and Mastercard Foundation supported Mwangiri's secondary school education.
Magarini subcounty is one of the areas that lead in cases of early marriages and teenage pregnancies.
It is a relatively poverty-laden subcounty with the main economic activities being charcoal burning, fishing and salt harvesting.
Support can be channeled through Beatrice Sifa on 0726486365 or through Amina Mwangiri on 0728247261.
(Edited by Tabnacha O)