The thought of getting a sponsor in the program excites Fenny because she would like to always be in school. She sees the program as the best to make her realise this. The child is glad to meet us during our visit to their place and so is the mother. She is in 5th-grade at Shakeem Joy Academy in the Kawangware area. Fenny lives with her mother and her other two siblings in the Ndwaru area. Their father has been an absent figure in the family life since he separated from their mother. When she joins the program, she will transfer to Jagiet Academy which is one of our focus schools. While in the program, she will be able to benefit from quality education, improved nutrition, and basic healthcare. Fenny’s family lives in a double-room house that is made of iron sheets and timber. The family gets washing and drinking water from the City Council water company which is not paid for. The family shares washroom with their neighbors because their house is not self-contained.
Her mother plaits people’s hair in a local hair salon so as to earn a living. She is employed and therefore, income is usually not enough to cater to the family needs. She separated from her husband thus she is the sole breadwinner. She however, struggles to ensure she provides three meals per day however little it is. They use a small gas cylinder cooker to cook food. Both Fenny and her siblings share a double-decker bed each night. Fenny’s mother says that she is a hardworking child. She likes going to school and her hobby is reading storybooks. In her placement interview, Fenny was able to score a total of 602 out of a possible 700 marks. She aspires to join the Army when she is done with her education.