Yusuf enrolled in the NRCF program in 2018 when he was in fourth grade. In the Kawangware area, he lives with his mother, two brothers, uncle, and a cousin. His mother was and still is a casual laborer, doing odd jobs like washing clothes or cleaning other people’s houses to make ends meet. This makes meeting even basic needs for the family of six difficult. This made it difficult to cover Yusuf’s school fees, and he was frequently sent home.
Yusuf enrolled at Jagiet Academy after joining the program. He was a hardworking student, as evidenced by his academic performance. He received 339 points out of a possible 500 on his KCPE exams in 2022. This performance earned him a spot at St.John Tala High School, a boys high school in Machakos County. He started high school this year and has already raved about it. He describes it as a very good school with hardworking students who are eager to assist teachers.
His favorite subject is Mathematics, and he aspires to be the school president before graduating from high school in 2026. He also wishes to study engineering or architecture at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. As part of his extracurricular activities, he has joined a dance group and the school tennis team.
Yusuf is optimistic about getting good grades in high school and is looking forward to meeting new people and making the most of his four years there.