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Happy ending for bright girl who fled home to look for work

In Summary

  • Purity Nelima scored 340 marks in the 2020 KCPE.
  • Coming from a large, poor family, she faced an uncertain future.

A 13-year-old girl who had fled home in search of work to raise secondary school fees has been award a scholarship.

Purity Nelima Wanyonyi scored 340 marks in 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination.

Her mother, a casual labourer in Matisi, Saboti constituency, Trans Nzoia County, could not raise the Form One fees.

Nelima was due to join St Cecilia Secondary School. She is the fourth born in a family of seven. Owing to the lack of fees, she fled home and sought work as a domestic help at a relative’s house an hour from home.

Illegal Work One of Threats

Now, Joseph Pepela Foundation, has steeped in and offered her a full scholarship. Purity’s fees will be paid by the Foundation for the next four years. “I am very grateful to the Foundation,” said Elly Barasa, her guardian. “I could not just watch as she was exposed to the many threats facing young girls. That’s why I stepped in to look for a well-wisher.”

Stellah David, coordinator, Joseph Pepela, said cases of child labour are on the rise. “As a Foundation, we could not let this happen. That’s why we decided to give her the scholarship.”

Marriet Achieng also rescued. Child labour, whereby children are compelled to work is rampant.
Marriet Achieng (centre) flanked by family members. She had offered to sell her kidney before the Foundation stepped in. PHOTO/TV47

Purity is the 98th beneficiary of the Foundation’s scholarships programme. Recently, the Foundation also assisted Marriet Achieng, who scored 404 marks at KCPE. A resident of Kipsongo Slums in the outskirts of Kitale town, she had offered to sell off one of her kidneys in order to raise fees.


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