Needy students from Kirwara Boys, have benefited from the proceeds of an annual walk organised by a Catholic cleric to raise school fees for them
Speaking to MyGov, Rev. Fr. Paul Mwangi, a chaplain who doubles up as a teacher at the school, said he was touched by the plight of the learners who were constantly being sent home due to lack of school fees.
The cleric said, “it is heartbreaking to see my students being sent home due to fee balances and I decided to organize the charitable walk to bail them out of this predicament.”
The walk which is held every year, for the last 5 years, covers 25km, from Thika to the school, with parents, sponsors, teachers, students and the community taking part.
As the proprietor and coordinator of this program, he further explains that the identified needy students are awarded Sh25, 000 for scoring an A and below A up to C- receive Sh4, 000.
“To whom much is given, much is also taken, and the right to this sponsorship is immediately revoked when the student is caught indulging in indiscipline cases,” the priest said.
“Mr. John Mbai, the CEC Health and Sanitation, Murang’a County, is a figure I highly acknowledge, for his support throughout the course, since the very beginning,” says Father Mwangi.
He commended parents, organizations of good will and banks saying they were the pillars to the success of the project.
He said integrating the community into the project had enabled them to set up a bank account, and that mobilizing and distributing funds was transparent.
“The school also runs a canteen which has generated approximately Sh300,000 during last term, to support this project , adding were targeting to raise Sh1m by the end of the year.
Father Mwangi challenged individuals and organizations to honour their pledges.
“Most of those who pledge to contribute, never keep their word. The coming of the new free education has also made parents a bit reluctant to part with money, “he regretted.
He said many students are benefiting from the programme, noting that 65% of the students have been transiting to university and 35% to polytechnics.
“The walk, being Christian based, teaches on perseverance, and that nothing comes easy. One has to work for it,” Father Mwangi said.
He called on the school management to entrench the walk as a program on an annual basis so that bright and needy students are helped to pursue their dreams.