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Kesho sponsored student from the coast, Calvin Mwandime, ranks number 7 out of 446,696 candidates in the country in his KCSE this year.  An incredible and well deserved achievement.  Two students from the Coast performed in the top 10 nationally this year demonstrating the academic competitiveness of our region.


Calvin and Amina celebrating with Kesho staff at the office yesterday

After doing so well at primary school Calvin was offered a place at Nairobi School, one of the top schools in the country.  His family, from Mtopanga, were supportive of Calvin’s continued education but, as casual workers, the fees were way beyond their ability to pay – equivalent to nearly their year’s salary.   Without the support of Kesho, Calvin would have had to go to a local school where it is doubtful he would have achieved the success he has.

Calvin was able to succeed due to his quiet strength determination and through the conducive learning environment at school and the support at Kesho in which we was offered termly academic advice and encouragement; a resource centre, safe and supervised to study in the holidays among friends; access to an active enrichment and training programme which includes IT and Leadership skills plus careers advice and workshops on reproductive and sexual health.

Calvin is an extremely bright, modest and quietly determined young man who has succeeded against the odds, not only becoming the top ranking student in Coast County but also number 7 in the whole country.  This is an incredible achievement and he’s looking forward the opportunity of joining JKUAT next year to study Engineering.  He says with his big open smile

”I am totally overwhelmed and over joyed.  I never expected to be among the top in the country.  I’m so grateful to Kesho for paying my fees and giving me the opportunity to study without setbacks”

 A total of 20 Kesho students sat their KCSE last year and the three top performing students were Calvin Mwandime (Nairobi School) 84 points, Amina Omar (Moi Girls) 79 points, Laureen Mbuche Karima (Loreta High School) 78 points.  All are looking forward to taking up their places at University next year and giving back to Kesho as role models and as volunteer peer educators.  They’ve very bright futures ahead and Kesho is cheering them on all the way!