Case Study: Josephine
Josephine is a 15-year old pupil at Ayuu Alali Primary School. She is from Palabek Kal sub county in Lamwo District and is the fourth born in a family of eight children. After she lost her father in 2003 and her mother started to struggle to support the family on her own, KICWA identified Josephine for support in 2009.Through the project, Josephine was provided with books, pens, pencils, a maths set, school bag and school uniform, which significantly improved her attendance and performance at school. During a follow up visit by a KICWA social worker, Josephine said:“Before I was identified to become a beneficiary of KICWA project, I used to miss school because I had to go and dig in people’s garden in order to get money to buy scholastic materials. But when KICWA came in, I started attending school regularly and my performance in class also improved. The scholastic support I received eased my class work so much because before I used to combine all the subjects in one exercise book which made reading a problem. But now I can read freely because each subject has its own exercise book and am not sent out of class because I haven’t got the basic school requirements including uniform. I even have many friends now. Before, many of my peers were dodging me for fear of borrowing from them items such as pens, rubber etc. I am so grateful for the support KICWA rendered towards my education.”It is extremely evident that lack of basic school materials excludes many children from school simply because their parents/guardians cannot afford to buy them. Josephine completed ‘primary six’ in December 2011 and has now been promoted to ‘primary seven’ after performing so well, coming seventh best out of 38 in her class. Josephine is extremely determined to continue with her education and hopes to go on to secondary education. One day Josephine dreams of becoming a doctor. She maintains that the suffering of many people within her community, especially the children and women, has nurtured this dream.
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