Orphan Who Reported to Form One With Empty Box Moves Kenyans

  • A collage image of Geoffrey Omollo reporting for Form One admission at Kanga High School on May 4, 2022.
    A collage image of Geoffrey Omollo reporting for Form One admission at Kanga High School on May 4, 2022.
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  • Geoffrey Omollo, an orphaned student at Kanga High School, Migori County has caught the attention of Kenyans after he reported to school with an empty box.

    Omollo's story went viral after his pictures taken during Form One admission at the Migori County school were shared on social media platforms.

    In his box, the Form one student had an old dictionary, Kamusi, a pair of sports shoes, and his admission letter.

    An image of the Kanga High School gate in Migori County.
    An image of the Kanga High School gate in Migori County.
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    Teachers at the school were left in awe at the enthusiasm of the student who scored 387 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).

    After his story went viral, well-wishers on social media offered to help the student with his schooling.

    In a statement by Ndugu Nyoro on Wednesday, May 5, he revealed that other well-wishers in the Diaspora had also offered to support the student through his schooling.

    A friend from diaspora picked up a story in one of the comments and she was quite disturbed by it. It was the story of an orphan who reported to school with a near-empty box. She has instructed me to look for the boy so she could sponsor him all through.
    Who knows how we can get the young man? This you must learn," he stated.

    The former student at St Dalmas Primary School in Rongo revealed that the items were donated to him by his neighbour whose son has completed school.

    He disclosed that he reported to school regardless of the circumstances because he did not want his chance at the school to be given to someone else.

    “I’m not worried about my background as long as I get an opportunity to further my education. That’s all I could raise since I have no parents.

    "Even the few books and shoes were donated to me by a neighbor whose son had completed high school," he told Nation

    On his part, the school principal, Rueben Kodiango stated that Omollo was admitted to the institution even as he promised that the school would purchase basic items for the student to take him through his first term.

    Kodiango further called on well-wishers to help raise fees for Omollo.

    “We will accommodate him and provide the necessary learning materials. Any well-wishes who can come in handy will be of great help to this boy,” he stated.

    An image of Geoffery Omollo's box during Form One admission at Kanga High School on May 4, 2022.
    An image of Geoffery Omollo's box during Form One admission at Kanga High School on May 4, 2022.
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