A 21-year-old student who hails from Ojunge village, Homa Bay Town Sub-County is appealing for support from well-wishers to pay college fees.
John Dalmas Ongudi, a second year student at Egerton University pursuing Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, faces financial constraints and is thus unable to continue with his studies.
Ongudi is a first-born in a family of five children and a partial orphan after his father’s death in 2014. He said he is the bread winner of the family because his mother suffers from mental illness.
Speaking to KNA in Homa Bay town, the student said that he has been struggling to provide for his siblings and save for school fees from casual jobs in construction sites.
“The situation has not been easy because as much as I do “mjengo” to get school fees, I also have to take care of my siblings. My mother is a beggar in the streets due to her mental condition,” lamented Ongudi.
He added that he has managed to save only Sh10, 000 from the menial jobs, but it is not enough because second year fees totals about Sh45, 000 besides the living expenses.
Ongudi said he was eager to resume his studies but the hope of doing so is slowly fading due to financial constraints.
“I would really love to finish my education so that I can help my family, but my current financial situation is dire and is worsened by our mother’s condition,” the student said.
He emotionally appealed to well-wishers to assist with any amount to enable him raise the required fees.
Ongudi lamented that his request for bursary support from both the county and national government have borne no fruits.
Well-wishers can reach him through phone number 0759560132.
By Brian Odhiambo