19 February 2013

Kenya: Thika Disabled Boy to 'Fly' With Equity Bank Scholarship

A 20-year-old physically challenged boy is a mong the 10,000 students who received the Equity Bank and Master Card Wings to Fly scholarships yesterday.

Joseph Munyao beat abject poverty to score 349 marks in last year's Kenya Certificate of Primary Examinations. Munyao said he used to walk 6km from his grandmother's home to school and back everyday.

His grandmother, Kithei Musyimi, 74, has been living with him in a single roomed house in the semi arid area of Kakuzi in Thika East, Kiambu. Musyimi said Munyao was staying with his mother in Nyahururu before he fell sick and got disabled.

His mother took him to her and went back to Nyahururu. Musyimi took him to the Thika Level Five Hospital where he was admitted for several months. When he was able to walk again in 2010, albeit with difficulty, the elderly woman enrolled him at Kyaume Primary School.

Not one to be swayed by the many challenges, Munyao excelled in his KCPE, emerging the best student in his school. With the help of his headmaster Gerald Kamau, Munyao applied for assistance from the Wings to Fly scholarship programme.

Elijah Kimani, Equity Bank's Thika Two branch manager, said the District Scholarship Selection Board was moved by Munyao's case. Kimani said by assisting Munyao and other scolarship beneficiaries, the bank will be transforming their lives by helping them realise their dreams.

Speaking while announcing the 75 beneficiaries from the larger Thika district, Kimani appealed to other well wishers in the region to support bright and needy students left out by the programme. Munyao says he want to be a Neurosurgeon.

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