In Summary
  • Grace Akinyi applied for scholarship from Equity's Wings to Fly programme and the KCB Foundation but she was unsuccessful.
  • Her mother cannot afford her school fees.

A girl in Busia County trekked 40 kilometres in search of sponsorship for her education.

While hundreds of students were escorted by their parents and guardians to join secondary schools, Grace Akinyi walked on Wednesday from Nambale in Busia County to Butere Girls High School in Kakamega seek sponsorship and admission at the school.

POOR

Akinyi scored 392 out of 500 marks in last year's KCPE exam from Nasira AC Primary School in Nambale Sub-County.

Her father Duncan Owino died in 2003 when she was six months old. Her mother is jobless and unable to pay her school fees.

Akinyi, like thousands others, applied for scholarships from Equity's Wings to Fly programme and the KCB Foundation but she was unsuccessful.

"l am worried that I may not achieve my ambitions to become a lawyer if I fail get sponsorship for my education," Akinyi told the Nation at Butere Girls High School in Kakamega County.

Needy girl Grace Akinyi.

Grace Akinyi at Butere Girls High School on January 12, 2018. She was given school uniform and necessities but she still needs sponsors to pay her school fees. PHOTO | SHABAN MAKOKHA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

LONG WALK

She said she woke up at 3am, took her results slip and a letter she received calling her to join Butere Girls, and set off on foot.

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