Meet Duncan: Worked as a Nightguard to Raise School Fees
At the age of 22, Duncan had dropped out of high school for four years because he lacked school fees. Despite the financial strains at home, Duncan was determined to go back to school. He worked odd jobs at construction sites and later as a night guard. From these jobs, Duncan managed to save twelve thousand shillings (USD $120) which he used to get back in school.
Some friends assisted him to get a uniform and stationery. He was so happy to be back in school even though he was behind in classwork even though the money he had paid was not enough to cover the entire year of school fees. Many times, when he was sent home because of a debt, he would spend his days studying at the Elimu Resource Centre. This helped him avoid falling behind.
The day that Duncan learned he would receive sponsorship through our Stay in School Project, remains his most golden moment.
“I shed tears of joy, knowing how much this scholarship had saved me from shame and mockery of people who were convinced I was too poor to stay in school. I had seen how many young men had ended up wasted in drug abuse, and every day I lived in fear that that would be me. This scholarship has given me a second chance at life.”
Duncan’s determination to excel at school did not stop at his achieving good grades. He became a very active student and a source of inspiration to other students. Last year, he was elected as president of the student body.