Even as the prevailing economic hardships continue to bite, the Kabare Ward MCA, Patrick Chomba (Kisasa), has not been bowed by the situation as he continues with his philanthropic activities.
Chomba has gone out of his way to provide for 15 form one entrants from the area who performed well during last year’s KCPE examination with various basics.
Chomba made the presentation at Kabare Primary School on Sunday in his Ward where the 15 children benefitted from the good gesture.
“I have decided to motivate these children by buying them various commodities required while joining form one, and since I have presented the goodies at their former schools in front of this year’s standard eight candidates, the move is timely,” he said.
Some of the commodities included boxes, blankets, tissue papers and some cash to enable the students travel to their new schools.
The beneficiaries were Mary Wairimu who scored 398 marks and has now joined the neighboring Kabare Girls High school just like her colleague Juliet Nyawira who posted 382 marks.
Others were, Kennedy Kinyua who scored 358 marks to secure a place at Dedan Kimathi secondary school , Nyeri County , Franklin Macharia 354 and joins Kiamwathi secondary school as was Dorcas Wangari who booked a place at Rukenya secondary school.
Also included were Losetta Nyambura, 337, Muruguru Girls High School Nyeri, Margaret Mukami 336 , Mugumo girls high school, Anne Gachuiri ,322, Kiamwathi secondary school, John Mungai , 308, Mwea Boys high school and Caster Githuka, 304 who has joined Rukenya secondary school.
During the ceremony, it also emerged that children from Kathanji village were risking their lives while crossing the high velocity and voluminous Kiringa river to get to school.
The parents told the MCA they were being forced to carry their children in the morning and evening over the dangerous foot bridge which is on the verge of collapsing.
“This foot bridge is a death trap to both our children and ourselves as parents as we risk to have them cross over using the rotten wooden logs,” said Tabitha Wanjira, a parent.
Chomba promised to mobilize his resources to ensure the bridge was renovated as he pushed the county government to build a permanent one.
He also donated five hash avocado seedlings to every parent present and promised to donate more for a school garden where proceeds from sold fruits will be used to provide bursaries for needy but bright children.
By Irungu Mwangi