Stacy Mwikali is nine (9) years old. She was born on 12th , March, 2009.She is in third grade at Kirigo Primary School. The child comes from Mutuini area which is more of a village. The area has not developed that much and the child’s home is made of mud and iron sheets. The child lives with her grandmother who has tested HIV/AIDS positive and therefore on ARV(s) medication. The child has however tested HIV/AIDS negative. Both her parents are alive but abandoned the child leaving her with the sick grandmother to take care of her. It is the grandmother who is the bread winner of the family. When she joins the program she will enroll at Jagiet Academy school which is a private school happens to be one of NRCA’s focus schools.
The family lives in a two room mud and iron sheet house. The house has electricity connection in which they use for light at night. The child is therefore able to revise at night and do the assigned homework from school. They usually buy water for domestic use from the nearby vendors at a cost of Ksh.5 per 20 liter jerican. They share washrooms with their neighbors. Mwikali’s grandmother does casual jobs like laundry and doing farming in other people’s farms so as to provide for the family. The meager income got at the end of the day is what the family uses. Mwikali and her other two siblings sleep on a mattress that is put on the floor each night. There are also other five family members that stay in the same house. They use a charcoal Jiko or kerosene stove for cooking meals.
Mwikali is a hardworking girl. She loves reading story books, swinging and skipping rope during her free time. The child is very responsible according to the guardian and that she does all the assigned tasks to the latter. She scored 427/500 marks during her recent interview. Her favorite subject is in school Mathematics while her favorite meal is Ugali/Corn Meal and Meat. When she grows up, she would like to be a Doctor so that she can be able to treat the sick in the society.
Being in the program will be a great help to the family. This is because Mwikali will not be sent home due to school fee arrears. She will also be able to get other school amenities like uniform and books and therefore have ample time for learning courtesy of the sponsorship in the program.