Abel in class
Abel exemplifies the determination our Kenya Keys students demonstrate in the face of incredible challenges. He was born into a dry, infertile area of rural Kenya where poverty is the rule and illiteracy is common. He was the youngest of 10 children born to hard working, but poor peasant farmers. Although his own parents could not read, Abel was so determined to get an education that he was willing to stay at school all week, studying by a small light at night and sleeping on his desk. A Kenya Keys sponsor paid his high school tuition to allow this remarkable boy to stay in school. Through great sacrifice, hard work, and the help of Kenya Keys, Abel graduated from high school and was accepted to Karatina University.
The global pandemic is presenting another set of almost insurmountable obstacles which Kenya Keys is assisting Abel to overcome. When the government shut down the universities, Abel returned to his village. Months later, his university restarted, this time online. In a community with limited electricity, scarce technology, and virtually no internet access, Abel knew he could not stay at home. With little more than the clothes on his back, Abel moved near the Kenya Keys headquarters in Taru. A Kenya Keys staffer, Clemence, convinced a local landlord to rent Abel a room at a fraction of the price, and the Kenya Keys Director, Joseph, arranged to have him use a computer at headquarters to access his classes.
Every morning, Abel is waiting when the staff arrive to open the Kenya Keys headquarters. He attends online classes and returns to his rented room to study. Abel knows education is the key to a better future, and with the help of Kenya Keys sponsors and staff, not even a global pandemic can conquer this young man’s determination to overcome poverty and create a brighter future for himself and for Kenya.