Giftone Ochieng dreams of being an engineer one day. After scoring high on his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination in 2009, Giftone Ochieng received admission letters to attend Kisumu Boys’ High School and Kisumu Day High School, two of the top schools in Kisumu. Since Giftone’s father was unable to pay school fees, his uncle came in to lend a hand so he could proceed with his education. His uncle could only pay for him to attend a local school, so Giftone began attending St Aloys’ Mixed Secondary School where he has worked hard and was one of their best students. However, his dream to become an engineer could not be achieved while in the local secondary school and he prayed one day he would have the opportunity to move to a better institution.
First born in a family of two, Giftone and his sister Beatrice Ayoo, lost their beloved mother while they were little children and had to face the tough side of life as partial orphans. Recently, their father passed away. It was then that Maisha International stepped in to support Giftone.
Through a sponsor in Maisha’s Legacy of Hope program, he now has full sponsorship to Otieno Oyoo High School where he started March 28. Maisha Project Manager Joshua Ouko says the boy is determined to succeed in life and that it is through the help of a sponsor that his dreams can now be achieved. “His parents have now died and we have come in to help so that he can have his education paid for,” he said. Giftone has promised to work hard in class to ensure one day he becomes a mechanical engineer. In Giftone’s own words, “This will make my dream come true. Maisha has helped me and I will not disappoint them.”