Ahmed Maalim, 19 years - Kenya

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Ahmed Maalim

A third born in a family of 8, and the only one who has had a chance in education this far, Ahmed’s father passed on while he was in Class 7 in 2003. Narrates Ahmed, “This was just few months after my aunt transferred me to Nyeri from Moyale where she could enroll me to a school. Soon after she got divorced, and I was taken a children’s home. But i could not cope because most of the children were taking drugs. I approached the head teacher at Nyamachaki Primary school and begged him to give me a chance in his school. FAWE stepped in and catered for my fees when I was in class 7 and I managed to score 377 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E). I joined Thika High school but my performance was poor because I was not proficient in English which was the teaching language. My class teacher encouraged me and my performance improved with time. I was elected the deputy School Captain. In form four mock exams, I emerged the best student in Religious Education, History and English subjects and in the National Great Debaters Contest in which I participated severally. FAWE supported me until Form 2 when the project term ended. Unfortunately, I lost my mother to cervical cancer the same year; and I had to work on school holidays to clear my fees balance. I scored an A minus grade in Form 4. FAWE has played a big role in my life, and I will always be grateful”.

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