In 2008, we met 8-year old Mulan Lekaranga on Kokwa Island in Lake Baringo. Deaf from birth, Mulan had never been to school and Grace Koinale, the nursery school teacher there told us that he seemed like a bright boy and asked if we could help. After assessments determined that Mulan could begin school, FKSW provided a scholarship for him to attend Ochii Primary School for the Hearing Impaired and he enrolled late in 2008. In Ochii, Mulan did well, learning sign language and studying traditional subjects. In November at the age of 17, he will graduate from the 8th grade! FKSW will continue to support him with a scholarship for the next four years of secondary school. We visited Mulan at Ochii in late September and he signed to us that eventually he hopes to become a teacher of the hearing impaired.
The Kachiuru community is hours away from the nearest medical facility and many of the residents here have never seen a doctor. A new dispensary, opened on June 28 and staffed by a Clinical Officer and a nurse will bring much needed health care to the residents. The Meru County Government has been a partner in bringing this dream come true!
Only the third person from his community ever to attend college, Raymond Lesiyon has beaten enormous odds and been accepted for four years of study at Michigan State University. His family, his community at Kokwa Island, and everyone at FKSW and NECOFA is incredibly proud of him!
In 2007, school children in Endonyio Sidai had to walk for an hour through dangerous wildlife areas to go to school. Today they have their own school, successful students, and are a model for what FKSW hopes for in its partner communities.
We first connected with the Kachiuru community in 2004. After many years of projects and partnerships, and a generous donation of $14,000 from partner Wide Awake, the community now has a dedicated medical dispensary to serve the local community. The building is complete, and we are so proud!
Three hundred and sixty chickens have recently found new homes at Kachiuru with eighty families who have children in the school.
We met Sian Mulwa in August, 2013 at her home in Kajiado.
Raymond graduated from high school in 2015 with two points less than a perfect score on the national high school exit exam. Very few students achieve this level of excellence, and especially not students from Kokwa.