Via the Medische Missie Zusters in Utrecht, Education Runway supports youngsters from Ang’iya Village, Kenya since 2012. Between 2012 and 2014 Philip Osindo, Richard Otieno, Benta Oguta and Ohieng Odhiamo were able to follow a 2-year vocational training. And between 2014 and 2016 Pauline Wakoli, Calvince Opiyo, Lawrence Achieng and Bernard Omondi were trained to become primary school teachers. All students graduated succesfully. Unfortunately Bernard Omondi died of Tuberculosis only days after his final exam; he was the hope for his family and community.
As per September 2016 Emelda Otieno and Odiwuor Oyier started their 2-year education to become teachers as well. They hope to be teaching as of Summer 2018.
In the meantime the primary school De Goudenregenschool in Hilversum has ‘financially adopted’ Emelda and since starting their project in November 2016 the pupils and teachers have already raised close to € 800 for Emelda’s studies (see http://www.goudenregenschool.nl).
|Emelda Otieno is a young Kenyan woman who lives in Migori in the South-west of Kenya, close to Lake Victoria. Migori is a city in the Kenyan province of Nyanza and the capital of the district with the same name. Migori is situated 50 km South of Kisii and 20 km North of the Tanzanian border. It has 31.650 inhabitants.
Emelda is part-orphan and 23 years of age. She would very much like to support her mother with the care for her siblings.
In November 2016 De Goudenregenschool in Hilversum (http://www.goudenregenschool.nl) is started a schoolproject to raise funds for the education of Emelda under the working title “Is Emelda becoming a teacher in Kenya?”
|Odiwuor Oyier is a young man aged 22 and comes from Nyagwethe, a very small community North-west of Migori, home of Emelda. Odiwuor also started in September 2016 with his 2-year vocational training to become teacher at a primary school. It would be great if we could also find a local school as sponsor for his education.|
|Next to the above we have also sponsored a semester of the studies of Sr. Gaudencia Wanyonyi in 2016. Sr. Gaudencia has been our contact-person in Kenya for many years now and takes care of all communication between the students and Education Runway. We are very grateful for her support.|
Beneath the information about our previous students.
|As the oldest from a family of four, Pauline Wakoli (23) is very keen to take her high school education a step further. Unfortunately her mother is a single parent and unable to provide the financing. Pauline really likes children and would like to help them with their education. She is now following the 2 year course Early Childhood Development Education in Kaimosi.|
|After helping out at the primary school in his village, Calvince Opiyo (22) knew that he wanted to be a teacher. He writes: “I hope I can do better when trained”. His parents have just a small patch of land that they work on. As a primary school teacher Calvince is hoping that he will soon be able to support his parents and to make a positive contribution to the development of Kenyan youth. Calvince is following the two year course Primary Teacher Education at the Nyanddiwa Teachers Training College.|
|Bernard Omondi‘s (20) father died in 2012, leaving his mother to cope alone. Bernard would like to become a teacher so that he can help to realize the goal of Vision 2030 (see www.vision2030.go.ke). It is his personal ambition to develop talent in young people. Bernard is following the two year course Primary Teacher Education in Nakuru.
On 11 August 2016 we received the sad news that right after his final exams Bernard died of tuberculosis. Bernard was the hope of his mother and siblings and was passionate about becoming a teacher. He had his goal in sight.
|Lawrence Onyango Achieng, at 25, is the oldest of the current group of students Education Runway is supporting in Kenya. He is studying in Rongo at the School of Education. The course; Early Childhood and Primary Education. Lawrence believes it’s important to show the value and importance of a good education. “School can change the community life positively”.|