Robert Masila, whose devastating story of lacking school fees after completing Class Eight, has finally joined Machakos High to start his four-year education journey.
His soul-searching story was highlighted by Kajiado News Update around the world and 24 hours after publication, our newsroom was jammed with calls from those touched by the story in the USA, France, and Nairobi.
The story of Masila and his mother tore many souls and turned them into oases of hope for a family, whose business of fish mongering was devastated by the COVID-19.
Mary Thuo, the first person to call us from the United States of America, said: “Masila deserves to complete his education without stressing about money. I want to pay his fees.”
She paid Sh46,500 to the Machakos School bank account on May 18 at 12:57:56 PM ED (American Time) and also promised to communicate with the school and sort out Masila with personal items he requires.
On May 19 at 9.52 AM, Jane Gitahi from Nairobi paid Sh19,300 to the Machakos School bank account and bought Masila full uniforms and personal items. She later banked another Sh10,000 in the evening.
In the afternoon of Thursday, May 19, Stephen Lekatoo from the Maasai Horizon paid Sh46,500 to the school’s bank account and added more uniforms for Masila. The total amount that has been banked so far is Sh122,300.
After making the payment, Lekatoo told KNU that the President of the Maasai Horizon Association, Chantal Deschamps, called him from France as soon as the story was published and promised to fund Masila’s education for the next four years.
Deschamps, who lives in Vichy, France, said she saw the touching story of Masila trending on social media and decided to help. She visits Kenya occasionally and her association has been assisting Maasai communities in Rombo, Kajiado South subcounty.
“She sent me to pay full-year school fees and do the shopping for Masila. Maasai Horizon Association is based in France. This is the association that built the Oloirien Dispensary in the Olgirra area of the Rombo location. We’re sponsoring 56 students in Rombo alone,” said Lekatoo.
Masila scored 401 marks in KCPE at Kimana’s Ramatisho School in Kajiado county and was unable to join Form One due to a lack of fees.
Masila (Index No.31545313014) sat for his KCPE and scored “A” in English, Kiswahili and Mathematics, while in Science and Social Studies and Religion he scored “A-”.
His single mother, Selina Naliaka, is employed as a fishmonger in Kimana town. She cannot raise any substantial amount from her earnings to even buy food for her children.
“We were promised by Equity Bank through their Elimu program that they would come to assess our situation, but they have never come,” said Naliaka.
She said her son has never slept ever since he received an invitation to join Form One at Machakos School on April 16.
Masila’s mother said she is employed to sell fish in the small town of Kimana near Loitokitok border town with Tanzania and sometimes can go for days without selling a piece of the dried fish.
Naliaka blamed the Covid-19 situation in the country for killing her grocery business in the town and the high cost of living.
“My son is a prayerful child. He prays day and night for someone to come to our aid in solving the issue of these fees,” said Naliaka.
Kimana’s locational chief, Joseph Parmuat, confirmed he knows the family and said Masila’s mother sometimes cannot even raise money to buy food.
“I am also appealing to anyone able to come to Masila’s rescue. The boy is very intelligent and wants to be a neurosurgeon after university,” added Parmuat.
Masila and his mother thanked all those who supported him to make his dream true of studying to become a doctor.
“We are poor but God has made miracles through KNU that highlighted the story. It is my pleasure and prayer that this news website continues to flourish and assist others in the same dilemma that I was,” said Masila at his new school.
The school’s chief principal Indimuli Kahi said Masila will realise his dream of going to university.
“He is a bright student. Our teachers will work with him to realise his dreams. I allowed him to join the school without uniforms and everything needed because he had hope that all will be well,” said the principal.