Top KCSE Candidate Abandoned by Sponsor Rescued After Citizen TV Feature

  • Screengrabs of Nehemiah Koech working at a construction site on Wednesday, February 1,2023
    Screengrabs of Nehemiah Koech working at a construction site on Wednesday, February 1, 2023
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  • A new dawn came knocking on the door of a bright student who has been out of school due to a lack of school fees, giving him a reason to smile.

    The story of Nehemiah Kiprotich Koech who scored an A- from Baringo High School in the 2019 KCSE went viral after it was aired on Citizen TV.

    On Thursday, February 2, Philanthropist Ndungu Nyoro announced that Irene Mureithi, the director of the Personal Development Institute (PDI), had volunteered to sponsor the young man in her institute.

    He further shared that Irene had decided to sponsor Koech for his entire four years in college.

    A file photo of Irene Mureithi, director of the Personal Development Institute (PDI)
    A file photo of Irene Mureithi, director of the Personal Development Institute (PDI)
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    “This morning I was requested by my friend Irene to look for Nehemiah. I have been able to have a phone conversation with Nehemiah.

    "I also asked him to call the university to confirm the availability of his slot. He has told me that they have agreed he will join between August and September,” he announced.

    Ndungu, who is also an ambassador of Watoto Wasome at Affecto, a charitable organization, noted that he would get Koech enrolled for a greater future.

    “We will also bring on board Nehemiah to our Affecto Alumni so he can find a family of great men and women who believe in the power of their dreams.

    "I will be linking up Irene and Nehemiah so they can get to know each other and, thereafter, we will have him at Affecto, hopefully next week, to learn about Watoto Wasome,” he noted. 

    Koech was forced to take up multiple jobs including being a security guard and digging septic tanks to raise his tertiary school fees and support his family.

    He has been working as a security guard for a landlord he had approached and earned a daily wage of Ksh200 a day.

    His dream to become a Cardiologist came to a halt after a scholarship programme that supported him through his high school education failed to continue at the tertiary level.

    Screengrabs of Nehemiah Koech digging up a septic tank on Wednesday, February 1, 2023
    Screengrabs of Nehemiah Koech digging up a septic tank on Wednesday, February 1, 2023
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