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Over 100 Needy Students In Kibra Sponsored To Secondary School By Equity

Approximately 122 needy students from Kibera slums have been sponsored to Secondary School through the Equity Bank’s Elimu Scholarship and Wings To Fly.

Equity Bank Kibera Branch Manager Martin Mungai says that the 122 students were selected through a committee comprising of chiefs, head teachers and religious leaders.

“Getting  the 122 beneficiaries  was not easy  but  I want to thank  the committee  that helped  in selection, the head teachers  and religious  leaders  and the government  administrators for being  impartial  during the  process,”Mungai  added.

Mungai admitted that the process of selection was an uphill task since some of the parents and guardians of the applicants did not give their genuine details.

He however congratulated the community scholarship advisory board for their impartiality that ensured that no deserving applicant is was left out.

Rael Ambani, a beneficiary of the Elimu scholarship program could not hide her joy, during the flag off ceremony.

According  to Ambani the scholarship  was timely  since  she had been  and was unable to raise school  fees  for her daughter  who was called  to join  Shikoti Girls  High  school.

“I thank the Equity  Bank for the scholarship, my daughter  had passed  her exams, unfortunately  I have had been  sick so getting school  fee has not been  easy…I really  thank  God  for the scholarship  awarded  to my daughter who wants  to study neuroscience after form four.” Ambani said.

According to Mungai, the bank through its philanthropic arm Elimu Scholarship Program and Wings To Fly, scholarships to 9,000 and 1,000 learners respectively this year.

“This year  we have managed  to enrolled  9,000  learners on Elimu scholarship program  and  another 1,000 on the Wings to Fly, I want to  thank  everyone  who participated in the identification of these  academically  gifted students.”

The Elimu scholarship  program rollout  in Kibera  and Langata  comes  two weeks  after most of  2021 KCPE candidates joined  various  secondary  schools  in the country painting  a picture  of the vulnerability  level  in informal  settlements  in urban areas.