The Kisumu Kachok Dumpsite’s David Ochieng and Mark Vincent who scored 380 and 338 marks, respectively, in KCPE 2017 have finally been given the chance to pursue their secondary school education at Maseno Boys High School and Ramba Boys High School, respectively.
The two extraordinary boys were orphaned at a young age and have spent most of their lives scavenging for food and shelter. They sold plastic, metal and cartons to fund their primary education.
Julius Owino, founder of the Majimaji Kenya Trust and Ghetto radio’s MD, was touched by their story published in the Standard Newspaper in December 2017 and took the initiative to find a way in which the two boys could both further pursue their education.
African Fuel and Lubricants Limited (AFAL), a company established to pursue oil and gas opportunities in the African continent showed interest in the project. Following a positive meeting between the two organisations, AFAL in partnership with MajiMaji Kenya Trust are ‘driving’ David and Mark to school. Also read: Trash for class
John Ocheing and the boys
Behind the positive attitude and welfare of the children at Kachok dumpsite is Mr. John Ochieng who started a church, ‘Church without Boarders’, to mentor and guide the children through prayer and bible teachings with a vision to rehabilitate street children. The Church currently provides mentorship to 80 children. Since 2003 when he was posted to Kachok dumpsite as the manager by the county government, Mr. Ochieng has gone out of his way to improve the welfare and safety of the children there. He attests to the fact that the two boys worked really hard and could get up to KES 50 from what they scavenged. African Fuels and Lubricants Ltd (AFAL) is owned by UAE-based Tristar Group who are in the oil and gas logistics business in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Central America, and employing 1,800 people of various nationalities and present in 18 countries. AFAL is the authorized distributor for Caltex products including the Delo and Havoline brands, as well as industrial lubricants in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Also read: Handicapped Antone Ateng gets a Tricycle