2012 Mohochi Scholars
In 2012, the following students were selected as recipients of the Kusoma - LMEF scholarships. We welcome them to the organization as our newest Mohochi Scholars!
Robare has obtained 397 points out of the maximum 500 in the Standard Eight national examination. In 2012 she joined Alliance Girls High School.
Wangwi scored 390 points out of 500. He was admitted to Chavakali High School.
Samuel will join Ikerege Secondary School in Kuria.
2011 Mohochi Scholars
In 2011, the following students were selected as recipients of the Kusoma - LMEF scholarships.
Josephat stays with his grandmother when he is not in boarding school. The grandmother is very old and relies on handouts from other grandchildren in order to support the Josephat and other children under her care. Josephat often does without basic needs for a boy of his age. Josephat was the head boy in his school and is considered to be very disciplined and hardworking by the head teacher as well as the director of the school. He performed very well in the national standard eight examinations, obtaining 377 points out of 500.
Esther is the third of four children. Esther lives with her father who is in his 70s and is jobless. Esther has always been in the top 10 positions in her class with her best performance having been position 2 out of 42 pupils. She has been borrowing books from friends and sometimes from well wishers. She scored 344 points out of 500 in her K.C.P.E. This is a good score for a local girl, especially considering her current education level.
There are six siblings in Sophia's family. She is the youngest. The father is a farmer who grows subsistance crops on a small area of land. Sophia is a bright girl with dreams of pursuing a secondary education.
Lucas will join Tarang'anya High School.
2010 Mohochi Scholars
In 2010, the following students were selected as recipients of the Kusoma - LMEF scholarships.
Everlyn is the first born in her family. She has two sisters and one brother. The father is the only parent living. He is a subsistence farmer who plants maize for a living. She obtained 347 points in the national grade 8 examination. At the end of her first term in Form One, Everlyn was number 104 out of 241, with 730 marks out of 1200.
In Everlyn's words:
I am Ghati Everlyne Philip, I study in Ogande Girls' High School in Homabay District. Whereby I did my K.C.P.E in Bukuria Academy where I was also sponsored by the owner of the school Matthew Ehacha, after seeing my intention in education. My home background is a place where many people aren't educated. I really love my family although we are not capable to manage some necessary needs. But my dad who is the only parent left behind really loves education. In our family we only have one roofed sheet house, and a small piece of land. My father is a subsistence farmer on that land where he grows maize for a living. My prior education was not run by many problems because my grandmum also came into my assistance. My siblings are also happy and very hardworking like my brother who says must go to Alliance and later be a pilot. My family, relatives and friends are always happy and they thank god for this mischievous and wonderful organization. They always tell me to work extra harder and be one of the most important people in the society. My future goals/plans are to achieve highly in the end of form four examinations with a good grade and go straight to university like other people outside l.e. Kenethe Marembe. There at Oganda I got a mean grade of B- in form 1 which I claim to be the least ever. My aim is to have B+ and above. Biggest challenge is lack of textbooks. But I have made an aim of borrowing from my neighboring school and making arrangements with my primary teachers so as to boost my grades and overcome that challenge. As the additional influence on the community from the Kusoma is to create awareness to our community about education.
Joseph is the youngest of 12 children. Both parents are living. Joseph's father is 72 and is unable to work. They are subsistence farmers involved in planting maize and cassava. They also have 5 indigenous cows. He was the top students in his school in the national grade 8 examination, scoring 358 marks. He was always in the top 3 in primary school. In his first term of high school, he was in position 12 out of 239 students having scored 869 marks out of 1100.
In Joseph's words:
I am Motatiro Joseph Daniel from Nyamaranya sublocation. Born by Daniel Mwite and Taekra Boke as their last born in their family of twelve children with none of them who has been educated or employed. I started my foundation at Nyamaranya primary school as a polite and intelligent boy. I worked hard and managed to obtain 358 points out of 500 points.
I am proud not only am I grateful but also thankful to Kusoma International or LMEF for the support they have given me by weeping my long tears and bringing back my hope of furthering my studies by supporting me and enabling me to enroll je at Taranganya boys high school, where an now working hard to make my dreams of become a prosperous person and a light to the community come true. First term I managed to get 869 points out of 1100 points. Though it was not my target, but I am promising to work more hard to get an A next term.
May God help and provide Kusoma International or LMEF with all what they need to run this helpful organization, so that they pull our illiterate community from darkness.
Esther is the second born of six children. She has one parent (her mother) who does small scale farming of maize and tobacco and operates a small store. Nyangi obtained 369 points in the national grade 8 examination last year. She was position 12 out of 194 in her first term of form one (high school freshman year), scoring 838 marks out of 1200.
In Esther's words:
Initially before LMEF my family could not raise money for me to study. Since they did not know more about education or little did they know education as the key of life. My single parent could not pay for me school fee, since she was a small scale farmer of maize and tobacco which was not easy for one person.
In fact this organization has very much improved my education and now I have very high hopes of achieving good grades. The organization has helped the family, relatives, and friends have now a mood of hope. My future goals and plans are to help children that are hopeless by guiding and counseling them, give them hope and courage when facing challenges. Kusoma has actually improved the number of students in school by supporting them by paying fees and indeed there is a low rate of idleness in the community.
Isabel is the fourth and youngest in her family. She is the first child from the family to go to high school. Isabel is an orphan and lives with her uncle who is a small-scale farmer of maize, tobacco, and cassava. Isabel was involved in several extra curricular activities including football, basketball, and drama. She scored 392 in the national grade 8 examination. She was position one out of 201 in her first term of form one with 934 marks out of 1100.
In Isabel's words:
I am Welsiko Isabel from Kombe location, Masaba Division. I am the last born of the four children in our family. I feel sad for there is no learned person in my home unlike the learned families next to my home who sometimes walk shoulders high. My primary education was conducted in Nyabirongo Girls where I completed my class eight scoring three hundred and ninety two marks (392). I had to join Kou Girls sec in MuhororI. Life in primary was enjoyable in spite of the fact that I encountered various problems. The joy came about when I passed my exams and given presents for motivation. The difficulties was brought about by the fees being paid late; for there was a problem in the finances. As I journey with my education being assisted by the Kusoma LMEF I hope and trust that life in school will run smoothly without any disturbance and come out with a worthy grade. Family, relatives and friends are very glad and grateful, not only that but also pray to the Merciful Father in heaven to have this blessing on you and your young generation to come. All these have been said because you have brought light in our society. My academic situation e.g. grades are average but I promise to improve. I plan to achieve them by working hard at school, having determination, being obedient and helpful. Kusoma can help the community because through the scholars there will be an improvement in the community e.g. having charity work.
2009 Mohochi Scholars
In February of 2009, the following students were selected as the first recipients of the Kusoma - LMEF scholarships. We congratulate them and wish them well!
Richard does not know where his parents are. He only knows that he has a little brother who is about the age to be in class three. Richard stays with a Maranatha church elder who is a farmer. The major challenges are paying the school fees. He has no funds for school books or the scientific calculator that he needs for his studies. Richard did very well in class eight whereby he achieved a score of 377 points out of the possible 500 points on the K.C.P.E. Examinations. Richard is now in Form One at the Tarang'anya High School, and he wanted us to mention that he is just grateful for the generosity of the Kusoma - LMEF.
In Richard's words (2009):
My name is Zungu Richard Mugonga. I come from poverty stricken background. I managed to do my KCPE last year at Kiburanga Primary School. Despite the problems of school fees and poverty line, Kusoma - LMEF assisted me to go to secondary school. I thank God for Kusoma - LMEF. Had it not been Kusoma - LMEF, maybe I would have been a different person in the society.
I am now at Tarang'anya secondary school. As exams are concerned, I managed to get 941 marks out of 1100 and I happened to be in position two. The main challenge that I am facing is the lacking of essential materials such as dictionary, Kamusi and the calculator. I also need some textbooks. Had I had them I believe I would have done better than this.
I thank God for you and I have faith that you are such kind people who want to save the world from poverty pocket. May God bless you abundantly and answer to everything that you ask him.
I promise to work extra harder to keep it up and improve from that. Thank you so much. I'm very thankful and grateful. I just don't know how to express my feelings toward you. Thank you so much.
In Richard's words (2010):
I take this opportunity to thank Kusoma International for the help and support they have given to me. May the grace and our Lord be upon all the donors and all that involved to bring be back to the hope of living tomorrow. I would like to take this chance to highlight briefly on my academic year 2009 which was so wonderful and promising in that year. After my K.C.P.E I joined Taranganya High School on Wednesday 11th February 2009. Despite the fact that I was late to join, but I managed to be the in the second position. This was like a miracle but it is said always hope for the best. In April the same year we were introduced to K.C.C board and to each other. The following term I happened to be in position five. Although this was not very pleasing, I promised myself to work harder. In third term I improved to position three, I thank God for taking me through all this. The challenges that I faced and I'm still facing is the lack of materials especially the scientific calculator and the dictionary and some much more. Another thing is about transport money using from school. Had it not been Mr.Phillip, who usually help me I don't know what would have happened. The more and serious problem is a lot of work at home that I don't even get a chance to study at home. When I open the school it is as if I start afresh. Even though they say that excuses are for lazy people I promise to work harder this year. Let the lord Almighty give me the power and strength to continue in this short term investment that will bring a lasting impact to my life. Thank you so much may the lord Almighty grant you many days on earth.
Jane is the second born of eight children. She also has twelve half brothers and sisters that her father cares for. She lives with her parents, who work as peasant farmers doing small scale farming in a very small piece of land. The elder sister could not make it to Form One for lack of fees thus she was forced to repeat class eight. There are two boys in class six, one of which is handicapped, one boy in class four and another in nursery school. Jane's parents are unable to afford even basic medical care, so illness is common among the family members. There are no resources available to help her even acquire the appropriate basic books for school, not even a dictionary.
Jane is a promising young scholar. She was able to achieve an above average score of 289 points out of the possible 500 points in the K.C.P.E. Examinations. Thanks to the Kusoma - LMEF, she is able to attend the St.Teresa Kehancha Girls High School.
In Jane's words:
My name is Jane Kalpchi Mohprai. I come from Alallkonge village in Kuria District. I did my KCPE last year. I got 287 marks and was position one in our school. I was able to go to secondary school through Kusoma - LMEF supports and I say thanks. My performance is 907 out of 1200 marks and I promise I will do better than this. I was position 12 out of 110 students and my dream is to become a doctor.
I am praying to God to help me and to keep you strong to assist me to complete my education.
Anastansia is the first born of four children. Her father has died. One sibling is in class six, another in nursery school and another not yet in school. She lives with her mother who is a peasant farmer. They have no funds available to pay for her school tuition. Anastansia was able to achieve 322 out of 500 possible points in the K.C.P.E. Examinations. She is currently in Form One of St.Teresa Kehancha Girls High School She wanted us to mention that she is very grateful for the Kusoma - LMEF scholarship.
In Annastanzia's words:
My name is Annastanzia Ghat. I am a girl of 15 years. I did my KCPE exam last year and I got 322 marks which were a bit better. I am now in a secondary school with the help of Kusoma - LMEF, am at St. Teresa Girls Secondary School. My results of end term exam was good enough which was a good trial, I scored 1007 marks out of 1200 and I was positon one.
My last comment is that I would like to thank the people who started this project, this is because I was unable to go ahead with my education but now am able because of this project.
Diana is the sixth Mohochi Scholar for the academic year 2009.
In spite of her very needy and trying situation at home, Diana successfully passed the K.C.P.E. Examinations. She is currently attending the Mary Gorreti Girls High School, and is extremely grateful to the Kusoma - LMEF for affording her this opportunity.
In Diana's words:
My name is Diana Nyamohango. I came from Nyamaharaga. I did my KCPE last year at St. Anne's Girls Isibania and was able to get 814 marks. By the help of Kusoma - LMEF I was able to go to St. Maria Goreti Rongai high school. I was the fourth person in the end term exam and had 950 marks. I promise to do better than this next time.